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Cancer drugs could help Nikki's blood vessel disorder

Researchers have discovered the genetic cause of a rare blood vessel disorder that can trigger life-threatening bleeds and strokes. They believe targeted cancer drugs may be able to treat it, in patients like 13-year-old vlogger Nikki Christou. Scientists at University College London Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital, who led the study, […]

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Alfie Evans: Sick toddler’s life support ‘can end’

Image copyright Alfie’s Army Facebook Image caption Alfie Evans suffers from an undiagnosed neurological degenerative condition Doctors can stop providing life support to toddler Alfie Evans who has a mystery illness against his parents’ wishes, the High Court has ruled. Alder Hey Children’s Hospital argued that continuing to treat the 21-month-old from Bootle, Merseyside was […]

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WHO warns of soaring rates of measles in Europe

Image copyright SPL Image caption Unvaccinated young children are at highest risk of contracting measles Europe has seen a big surge in measles cases in 2017, which the World Health Organization says is a tragedy after a record low of 5,273 cases in 2016. Cases increased four-fold, with more than 20,000 people affected and 35 […]

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Further fall in hospital mortality rates

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people dying within 30 days of being admitted to hospital has fallen. Figures from the Scottish government showed there were 7,800 fewer than expected deaths between the first three months of 2014 and the third quarter of 2017. The figures are compiled to reveal the Hospital Standardised Mortality […]

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Lorde isn't here for unsolicited acne advice

Image copyright Getty Images Lorde has told fans who suffer from acne: “I feel your pain”. The singer posted an Instagram story about the unhelpful things people say to people who, like her, have the skin condition. “Acne sucks. You know what also sucks?” she asked in the video, before mocking the advice she’s been […]

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NI mental health charities urge action over 'crisis'

Image copyright PA A group of mental health charities is due to meet MPs to call for action on what they describe as the worsening mental health crisis in NI. The meetings, involving charities from Northern Ireland, will take place at Westminster. They say the situation is being exacerbated by Northern Ireland’s ongoing “political dysfunction”. […]

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Great Ormond Street Hospital may keep scandal charity cash

Image copyright John Stillwell/PA Great Ormond Street Hospital has indicated that it may change its mind about returning donations from a scandal-hit charity. The hospital had said it would hand back money previously given to it by the Presidents Club Charitable Trust. The decision followed allegations of sexual harassment at a men-only Presidents Club dinner. […]

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Iceland's mooted circumcision ban sparks religious outrage

Image copyright Getty Images Religious groups have condemned a bill in Iceland’s parliament that would ban circumcision for non-medical reasons. The draft law would impose a six-year prison term on anyone guilty of “removing part or all of the [child’s] sexual organs”, arguing the practice violates the child’s rights. Jewish and Muslim leaders however have […]