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Gene therapy is here, and it could radically change modern medicine

So what is gene therapy, anyway? The US Food and Drug Administration says it's any treatment in which a replacement gene is added to a person's body or a disease-causing one is inactivated. That's usually done by adding­­­­­­ new instructions to cells via billions of viruses stuffed with correct …

From Psychedelics To Alzheimer's, 2016 Was A Good Year For Brain Science

With a president-elect who has publicly supported the debunked claim that vaccines cause autism, suggested that climate change is a hoax dreamed up by the Chinese, and appointed to his Cabinet a retired neurosurgeon who doesn't buy the theory of evolution, things might look grim for science.<p>Yet …

Record level of cancelled urgent operations for NHS England

Overstretched hospitals were forced to cancel more life-saving operations last month than at any time since official records began, new data reveals.<p>Almost double the number of urgent procedures such as heart surgery were delayed in November than during the same month the year before.<p>MPs said the …

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Chief nurse: 'Cut hospital beds to increase care at home'

<b>Cutting hospital beds and using the money for care at home could mean better treatment for patients, according to NHS England's chief nursing officer.</b><p>Prof Jane Cummings writes in the Daily Telegraph that freeing up the money put into "old and expensive buildings" is one way the health service can …

Making the Case for Medical School

The path to becoming a doctor is challenging. It requires at least 11 years of post secondary training and as many as 17 or more for some …

What Is Bariatric Surgery, and How Does It Work?

Bariatric surgery is an option that obesity medicine specialists say is too often ignored or dismissed. Yet it is the only option that almost always works to help very heavy people lose a lot of weight and that also can mysteriously make some chronic conditions vanish. Here are some answers about …