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More organ donors from British ethnic minorities needed” says top professor

A top transplant expert has called for more black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) organ donors to come forward and save countless lives. This week (5th to 11th September 2016) is Organ Donation Week, a time where the transplant community promotes the benefits of donation nationally and across local communities. Professor Magdi Yaqoob, academic director of renal medicine and transplantation ...

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Senior doctors react to planned series of five-day strikes

Senior doctors are urging the government and junior doctors to restart negotiations to avoid a series of five-day strikes in England. While some medical colleges have said the planned strikes are disproportionate, others say they support the junior doctors’ stance. The British Medical Association (BMA) announced four five-day walkouts between now and mid-December. Junior doctors are striking over a new ...

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Bangladesh shows the way again in care for neurodevelopment disorders to world

Bangladesh has become the “first country” in the developing world to make a detail strategic plan for neurodevelopment disorders such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and intellectual disability for the next five years. “Our vision is to provide ‘equitable’ opportunity for them and to include them as a contributing members of the society,” mental health expert Saima Wazed Hossain ...

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Labour leadership: Smith warns of ‘secret Tory NHS privatisation’

Labour leadership contender Owen Smith has accused the government of having “a secret plan to privatise the NHS” in England. In a speech, Mr Smith said NHS spending on the private sector has doubled to £8.7bn during the six years the Conservatives have been in power. The Department of Health said his analysis was “simply wrong”. Meanwhile, leader Jeremy Corbyn ...

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Organ transplants: Hundreds helped by former cancer patients

Hundreds of people in the UK have received an organ transplant from someone with a history of cancer, despite many believing you cannot donate if you have had the disease. A total of 272 organ donors across the UK in the past five years had a history of cancer, according to data obtained by the Press Association. Their donations resulted ...

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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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