Thursday, 30 March 2017

Health

03/29/2017 - 01:46

An outbreak of meningitis in several states of Nigeria has killed at least 140 people, officials say. It has been reported over the last week in six states and has so far infected more than 1,000 people, the Abuja Centre for Disease Control says. Meningitis causes an acute inflammation of the outer layers of the brain and spinal cord.

03/29/2017 - 01:43

A man has started a legal challenge to win the right to die for people with incurable diseases who have potentially years to live. Omid was diagnosed in 2014 with the neurological condition multiple system atrophy but is not terminally ill.

03/27/2017 - 22:54

Women with endometriosis are not getting diagnosed quickly enough and treatment is "unacceptable", say MPs. The condition affects one in 10 women and can cause chronic pain, heavy periods, painful sex and depression.

03/26/2017 - 07:36

Mixing energy drinks with alcohol could be a risky combination, leading to a greater risk of accidents and injuries, research from Canada suggests. The caffeine contained in energy drinks can make people feel wide awake and encourage them to drink more than normal.

Medics say this could also cause problems sleeping and a raised heart rate, although more research is needed.

03/26/2017 - 07:34

A new pancreatic cancer project has been launched to find ways to speed up scientific discovery to improve the survival rates of patients.

Cancer Research UK have invested £10m in the PRECISION-Panc project, which aims to find quick ways of finding the right treatment for individual tumours.

Researchers at Glasgow University will receive £8m from the fund.

03/26/2017 - 07:33

Scientists say they have made a significant leap towards mass-producing red blood cells suitable for donation. Red blood cells can already be made in the lab, but the problem is scale.

A team at the University of Bristol and NHS Blood and Transplant have developed a method to produce an unlimited supply.

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