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‘Hacking nerves can control disease’

Controlling human nerve cells with electricity could treat a range of diseases including arthritis, asthma and diabetes, a new company says. Galvani Bioelectronics hopes to bring a new treatment based on the technique before regulators within seven years. GlaxoSmithKline and Verily, formerly Google, Life Sciences, are behind it. Animal experiments have attached tiny silicone cuffs, containing electrodes, around a nerve ...

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6 of the best alternative fitness equipment you should try at London’s gyms

Drop the kettlebells (not on your foot): there’s a heap of alternative fitness equipment out there, from newfangled contraptions of foam and pulleys, to old-school metal implements that might have come from a pre-war German gymnasium. With so much variety there’s no excuse for not going to the gym. It looks like a modernist sculpture: a foam tube with metal ...

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Hidden red hair gene a skin cancer risk

People can carry a “silent” red hair gene that raises their risk of sun-related skin cancer, experts warn. The Sanger Institute team estimate one in every four UK people is a carrier. The gene’s effect is comparable to two decades of sun exposure in terms of cancerous changes, they say. While people with two copies of the gene will have ...

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Hypertension Biggest Global Risk Factor For Stroke: Study

Hypertension is the single major risk factor for stroke, which is a highly preventable medical condition globally, irrespective of age and sex, reveals a study led by an Indian-origin researcher.     Stroke which is caused when poor blood flow to the brain results in cell death, is the leading cause of mortality and disability, particularly in low-income and middle-income ...

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‘Wash salad’ advice after two die from E. coli

Shoppers are being reminded to thoroughly wash mixed salad leaves amid concern that this food could be the source of an E. coli outbreak that has killed two and infected more than 150 people in the UK. Public Health England says it is still working to establish the exact cause. Many of those struck down by the E. coli O157 bug ...

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WHO urges use of polio detection systems to screen for Zika-linked disorder

A neurological condition linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus could be targeted globally with existing national programmes for detecting polio, a paper co-authored by World Health Organization researchers has said. Guillain-Barre syndrome is a rare neurological condition, most common in adults, that can cause temporary paralysis. Some victims may need intensive care for breathing difficulties, but most people recover fully, ...

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Born in Bradford awarded new grant to continue with research

The landmark Born in Bradford project which is tracking the lives of more than 13,500 children across the city has been awarded a £3m grant to expand its research into why some stay healthy but others don’t. The award, made by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), will ensure that new studies examining ...

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First live broadcast cardiac surgical training from London to USA

  Barts Health NHS Trust is leading the training of pioneering heart care, broadcasting a complex operation to clinicians in the USA live and for the first time enabling them to put their questions direct to the medical team. On Wednesday, 29 June 2016 at 13:40pm (GMT) Elliot Smith, Consultant Cardiologist at Barts Health NHS Trust, led the 30 minute ...

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NHS first and a new hope for people with uncontrollable high blood pressure

  First time in the UK that the device, slightly larger than a two-pound coin, is implanted in patients at high risk of stroke and heart attack Attached to carotid artery in the neck, it tunes into the cardiovascular system – the body’s natural blood pressure control system – to send signals to the brain to control blood pressure ‘Truly ...

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