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New type of small-cell lung cancer identified by researchers

Researchers have identified a new kind of small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) that may pave the way for developing personalised medicine approaches to target this previously unnoticed form of the disease.   According to the researchers, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery enable only 6 per cent of patients to survive five years from the time of their diagnosis and about 10 to ...

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Viruses most common cause of meningitis in adults: Study

Viruses are the most common cause of meningitis in adults and a cause of substantial long-term ill health, a study has found.   The study conducted by researchers at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health studied the diagnosis and treatment of more than 1000 patients with suspected meningitis.  Diagnosis of meningitis is often delayed due to ...

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‘Cuts leave scars’: thousands protest in London over NHS funding

Demonstrators demand May’s resignation at rally to mark 70 years of the UK’s health service Tens of thousands of people have marched through London to mark the NHS’s 70th anniversary and demand an end to government cuts to the health service, which has had large swathes privatised in recent years. Bearing placards reading “Cuts leave scars”, “For people not profit” ...

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Mild sleep problems may up blood pressure in women

Women, please take note. Even if you are having mild sleep problems, such as having trouble falling asleep, it can raise your blood pressure, a new study suggests. The study found that women who had mild sleep problems — including those who slept for seven to nine hours a night, as measured by a wristwatch-like device — were significantly more ...

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New HIV vaccine could soon be on the horizon

Researchers have found that Treg cells, a type of regulatory lymphocyte, might be protected babies in the womb from getting infected with the HIV virus when the mother is infected.   “Finding out what protects the majority of babies is important, as it can lead to ways to boost natural immune responses and make individuals resistant to HIV infection,” said ...

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£1.5m investment from Macmillan set to improve cancer care at Barts Health

Macmillan Cancer Support and Barts Health NHS Trust celebrated 25 years of working in partnership this week with a further £1.5m investment from the charity to help improve care for people living with cancer across North-East London. Barry Quinn, Macmillan Director of Nursing for Cancer at Barts Health said: “Cancer care is at the heart of what we do at Barts ...

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Shocking: Semen can cause Ebola virus disease

Proteins found in semen increase the spread of Ebola virus infection, a new research has claimed.   According to a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, protein fragments, called amyloid fibrils, in human semen significantly increase Ebola virus infection and protect the virus against harsh environmental conditions such as heat and dehydration.  Although Ebola is transmitted primarily through direct ...

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Venezuela urged to stop spread of measles, diphtheria

The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) today painted a bleak picture of Venezuela’s healthcare system, calling for urgent action to stop the transmission of measles and diphtheria amid an intensifying crisis that has seen an exodus of doctors.   The Americas were declared measles-free in 2016, but the viral disease, which causes pneumonia, brain swelling and death made a comeback ...

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Puerto Rico struggles with jump in asthma cases post-Maria

San Juan, Jun 18 : Shortly after he turned 2, Yadriel Hernandez started struggling to breathe. His doctor prescribed an inhaler and an allergy pill for asthma, and his symptoms were mostly under control. Then Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, strewing mold-producing wreckage across the island and forcing many to use fume-spewing generators for power. The boy, now 8, started ...

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People with gum disease at risk of rheumatoid arthritis: Study

People with increased levels of gum disease are at risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as a new study suggests that it could be a key initiator of RA-related autoimmunity.   The researchers explained that it is because autoimmunity in RA is characterised by an antibody response to citrullinated proteins and the oral bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) is the only ...

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