First gene-editing in human body attempt

November 16, 2017 3:17 am0 comments
First gene-editing in human body attempt

Gene-editing has been attempted on cells inside a patient, in a world first by doctors in California. Brian Madeux, 44 from Arizona, was given the experimental treatment to try to correct a defect in his DNA that causes Hunter’s syndrome. Mr Madeux says he was prepared to take part in […]

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Young people out of love with their own bodies, says report

November 15, 2017 3:31 pm0 comments
Young people out of love with their own bodies, says report

Body dissatisfaction can start as young as six and lead to depression, anxiety and eating issues, MPs will be told. The Youth Select Committee urged the government to recognise the seriousness of body image fears, before young people suffered a long-term impact. It is launching its report into the issue, […]

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Supreme Court backs Scottish minimum alcohol pricing

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Supreme Court backs Scottish minimum alcohol pricing

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Scotland can set a minimum price for alcohol, rejecting a challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). Legislation was approved by the Scottish Parliament five years ago but has been tied up in court challenges. In a unanimous judgment, seven Supreme Court judges […]

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Emotional toll of diabetes 'needs more recognition'

November 14, 2017 4:05 pm0 comments
Emotional toll of diabetes 'needs more recognition'

Many people living with diabetes are struggling with related emotional problems – an issue that needs support and recognition, a charity says. Diabetes UK surveyed 8,500 people about diabetes and how it affected their daily life. Three in five said their condition made them feel down. Of those in employment, […]

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FDA approves 'trackable' pill

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FDA approves 'trackable' pill

US regulators have approved the first pill that can be digitally tracked through the body. The Abilify MyCite aripiprazole tablets – for treating schizophrenia and manic episodes – have an ingestible sensor embedded inside them that records that the medication has been taken. A patch worn by the patient transmits […]

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'Urgent need' for football header research

November 13, 2017 4:33 pm0 comments
'Urgent need' for football header research

Scientists investigating links between heading footballs and dementia say there is an urgent need for more research. It follows the screening of a BBC documentary “Dementia, football and me”, featuring Alan Shearer. Last year, scientists at Stirling University found just one session of heading a ball could lead to an […]

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