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First cancer 'living drug' gets go-ahead. First cancer 'living drug' gets go-ahead.
The US has approved the first treatment to redesign a patient's own immune system so it attacks cancer. The regulator - the US Food and Drug Administration - said its decision was a "historic" moment and medicine was now "entering a new frontier". The company Novartis is charging $475,000 (367,000) for the "living drug" therapy, which leaves 83% of people free of a type of blood cancer. ...
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Middle-aged told to walk faster. Middle-aged told to walk faster.
Middle-aged people are being urged to walk faster to help stay healthy, amid concern high levels of inactivity may be harming their health. Officials at Public Health England said the amount of activity people did started to tail off from the age of 40. They are urging those between the ages of 40 and 60 to start doing regular brisk walks. Just 10 minutes a day could have a major impact, ...
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Plants 'hijacked' to make polio vaccine. Plants 'hijacked' to make polio vaccine.
Plants have been "hijacked" to make polio vaccine in a breakthrough with the potential to transform vaccine manufacture, say scientists. The team at the John Innes Centre, in Norfolk, says the process is cheap, easy and quick. As well as helping eliminate polio, the scientists believe their approach could help the world react to unexpected threats such as Zika virus or Ebola. Experts said...
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Drinking a few times a week 'reduces diabetes risk'. Drinking a few times a week 'reduces diabetes risk'.
People who drink three to four times a week are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who never drink, Danish researchers suggest. Wine appears to be particularly beneficial, probably as it plays a role in helping to manage blood sugar, the study, published in Diabetologia, says. They surveyed more than 70,000 people on their alcohol intake - how much and how often they drank. ...
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Aids deaths halve as more get drugs. Aids deaths halve as more get drugs.
Deaths linked to Aids have halved in a decade, official figures shows. The condition, which is caused by HIV, used to be one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. A report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids) showed deaths had fallen from a peak of 1.9 million in 2005 to 1 million last year. It said the "scales have tipped", with more than half of people getting d...
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Spreading cancer caught on film Spreading cancer caught on film
The way in which every single cancer cell spreads around the body has been captured in videos by a team in Japan. The normal body tissues show up as green, while the cancer comes out as intense red spots. The team, at the University of Tokyo and the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center, says the technology will help explain the deadly process. The research is on mice so far, but it is hoped ...
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Painless flu jab patch for people scared of injections Painless flu jab patch for people scared of injections
A 'painless' sticking plaster flu jab that delivers vaccine into the skin has passed important safety tests in the first trial in people. The patch has a hundred tiny hair-like microneedles on its adhesive side that penetrate the skin's surface. It is simple enough for people to stick on themselves. That should help more people get immunised, including those who are scared of injections, ...
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An egg a day appears to help young children grow taller An egg a day appears to help young children grow taller
An egg a day might help undernourished young children grow to a healthy height, according to a six-month study in Ecuador. Whether soft or hard-boiled, fried or whisked into an omelette, eggs appeared to give infants a boost. It could be a cheap way to prevent stunting, say researchers in the journal Pediatrics. The first two years of life are critical for growth and development - any stu...
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Drug shrinks ovarian tumours in early trial Drug shrinks ovarian tumours in early trial
A new targeted treatment for ovarian cancer has shown "very promising" results in women in the advanced stages of the disease. It shrunk tumours in around half of women who took part in a small trial. Researchers had only been testing the drug to see if it was safe for humans to take, but found it had an almost instant clinical effect. It is hoped the drug could help women who have stoppe...
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'Fat but fit is a big fat myth' 'Fat but fit is a big fat myth'
The idea that people can be fat but medically fit is a myth, say experts speaking in Portugal. Their early work, as yet unpublished, involved looking at the GP records of 3.5 million people in the UK. They say people who were obese but who had no initial signs of heart disease, diabetes or high cholesterol were not protected from ill health in later life, contradicting previous research. ...
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