South African child 'virtually cured' of HIV

July 24, 2017 1:57 am0 comments
South African child 'virtually cured' of HIV

A nine-year-old infected with HIV at birth has spent most of their life without needing any treatment, say doctors in South Africa. The child, whose identity is being protected, was given a burst of treatment shortly after birth. They have since been off drugs for eight-and-a-half years without symptoms or […]

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Blood donation rules relaxed for gay men and sex workers

July 23, 2017 2:26 am0 comments
Blood donation rules relaxed for gay men and sex workers

Blood donation rules for sex workers and gay men are being relaxed in England and Scotland after improvements in the accuracy of testing procedures. Men who have sex with men can now give blood three months after their last sexual activity instead of 12. And sex workers, who were previously […]

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Boots apologises for morning-after pill response

July 22, 2017 2:58 am0 comments
Boots apologises for morning-after pill response

Boots has said it is “truly sorry” for its response to calls to cut the cost of one of its morning-after pills. The pharmaceutical company was criticised after telling the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) it was avoiding “incentivising inappropriate use”. It now says it is looking for cheaper alternatives […]

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NHS plans to scrap homeopathy treatments

July 21, 2017 3:10 pm0 comments
NHS plans to scrap homeopathy treatments

NHS England has announced plans to stop doctors prescribing homeopathy, herbal and other “low value” treatments. It hopes to save almost £200m a year by ending what the head of the service called a “misuse of scarce” NHS funds. Prescriptions for conditions including diarrhoea, thrush, acne and acute pain are […]

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'Mind-blowing' cows hold clue to beating HIV

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'Mind-blowing' cows hold clue to beating HIV

Cows have shown an “insane” and “mind-blowing” ability to tackle HIV which will help develop a vaccine, say US researchers. In a first for immunisation, the animals rapidly produced special types of antibody that can neutralise HIV. It is thought cows evolved a supreme immune defence due to their complex […]

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Half of pupils expelled from school 'mentally ill'

July 20, 2017 3:38 pm0 comments
Half of pupils expelled from school 'mentally ill'

Half of pupils expelled from England’s schools have a mental health issue, according to analysis of official data. The Institute of Public Policy Research suggests if excluded students with undiagnosed problems were included, the rate would be much higher. This figure compares with one in 50 pupils in the wider […]

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