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Malaria: Kenya, Ghana and Malawi get first vaccine

The world’s first vaccine against malaria will be introduced in three countries – Ghana, Kenya and Malawi – starting in 2018. The RTS,S vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito bites. The … Continue reading

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'I've given up everything to care for mum'

Sue Jenkins says she has given up her life to care for her 88-year-old mother Patricia who has dementia. “Love is something that drives you to give up those things. You’ll give up anything,” she said. The BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire … Continue reading

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Global plan to wipe out hepatitis

Countries must work together to wipe out viral hepatitis – a disease that is killing as many people globally as HIV and TB, says the World Health Organization (WHO). The death toll in 2015 was 1.34 million people, a new … Continue reading

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Balloon emergency surgery treatment gets £1.1m Aberdeen study

An emergency treatment using a balloon device to control catastrophic bleeding in accident victims is being trialled as part of a new £1.1m study. The University of Aberdeen trial – over four years – compares the survival of those who … Continue reading

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Early hip fracture surgery will save hundreds of lives

Hundreds of lives could be saved if patients with hip fractures were operated on in under 24 hours, a new study reveals. Researchers in Bristol found 8% more patients died after 30 days if they were operated on between 24 … Continue reading

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Tennant and Colman support selfie mental health campaign

Broadchurch stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman have posted selfies of themselves to show their support for a BBC mental health initiative. Tom Hardy and Russell Brand have also pulled their fingers out – four to be precise – for … Continue reading

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New evidence in France of harm from epilepsy drug valproate

A drug given to pregnant women for epilepsy and bipolar disorder caused “serious malformations” in up to 4,100 children, a French study suggests. Mothers treated with valproate for epilepsy were up to four times likelier to give birth to a … Continue reading

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Serena Williams

As one male tweeter put it: “Serena Williams won a grand slam while she was pregnant so every man should probably shut up about everything forever.” The US tennis player’s announcement that she is 20 weeks pregnant means she won … Continue reading

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Cycling to work can cut cancer and heart disease, says study

Want to live longer? Reduce your risk of cancer? And heart disease? Then cycle to work, say scientists. The biggest study into the issue linked using two wheels with a halving of the risk of cancer and heart disease. The … Continue reading

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Experts excited by brain 'wonder-drug'

Scientists hope they have found a drug to stop all neurodegenerative brain diseases, including dementia. In 2013, a UK Medical Research Council team stopped brain cells dying in an animal for the first time, creating headline news around the world. … Continue reading

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