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NHS facing 'very, very big challenge'

<b>The NHS in England must stop wasting money if it is to meet the "very very big challenge" it faces, the health secretary says.</b><p>In a speech to health managers, Jeremy Hunt highlighted poor procurement practices which mean the prices paid for items from syringes to toilet rolls vary greatly.<p>He also …

A Liverpool health experiment which just might save the NHS

<b>When doctors say "We need to have a new conversation with the public", nobody is waiting for good news.</b><p>True to form, the wise men at the top of the NHS in their headquarters in Leeds and Liverpool have identified the source of their pain: it's us.<p>We are victims of our own lifestyle choices, …

Cystic fibrosis drug offers hope to patients

<b>A "groundbreaking" cystic fibrosis therapy could profoundly improve patients' quality of life, say doctors.</b><p>Patients often die before their 40s as mucus clogs and damages their lungs and leaves them prone to infection.<p>A major trial on 1,108 patients, in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed a …

Tinnitus mapped inside human brain

<b>For the first time, signals relating to the constant ringing noise of tinnitus have been mapped across the brain of a patient undergoing surgery.</b><p>In this rare case, a man with tinnitus was being monitored to trace his epileptic seizures, with 164 electrodes placed directly onto his brain.<p>Researchers …

'Embryologic twin' tumour discovered in student's brain

<b>Doctors in California have removed a tumour they have described as an "embryologic twin" deep inside the brain of a young woman.</b><p>Yamini Karanam, 26, a PhD student in Indiana, had been experiencing difficulties with drowsiness, reading and concentration.<p>The discovery was made when doctors performed a …

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Alzheimer's Disease could be prevented by immune system tweak

New research raises the prospect that statin-like drugs could be given to the middle-aged to ward off dementia<p>Alzheimer’s Disease could be prevented or cured by a new drug which reboots the immune system to stop devastating memory loss, scientists believe.<p>A new study has shown for the first time …

New drug could reverse the damage of multiple sclerosis

A new experimental drug, called anti-LINGO-1, has been found to repair myelin, radically improving nerve signalling<p>A new drug could reverse the damage of multiple sclerosis, curing balance and vision problems for sufferers, researchers believe.<p>The disorder occurs when myelin, the fatty material …

Why HIV is evolving to be less deadly

We think of viruses as trying to hurt or kill us - but in fact they're just evolving to stay alive and reproduce, and sometimes that means letting us live<p>If <b>the news that HIV is evolving to become less deadly</b> is true, then that is both good news and, in a sense, not unexpected. We tend to think of …

Ebola test offering 15-minute results on trial in Guinea

<b>A 15-minute blood and saliva test for Ebola is to be trialled in Guinea, it has been announced.</b><p>The solar-powered, portable laboratory should deliver results six times faster than tests currently used in West Africa.<p>The researchers involved say faster diagnosis would increase the chances of survival …

3-D-printed organs are on the way

Add one more to the growing list of 3-D-printed products: human organs.<p>California-based biotech firm Organovo (ONVO) is set to begin selling 3-D-printed liver tissue by the end of the year, part of the growing movement to bring the technology to the medical field.<p>Organovo can't yet print a fully …

'Giant leap' to type 1 diabetes cure

<b>The hunt for a cure for type 1 diabetes has recently taken a "tremendous step forward", scientists have said.</b><p>The disease is caused by the immune system destroying the cells that control blood sugar levels.<p>A team at Harvard University used stem cells to produce hundreds of millions of the cells in …

Enterovirus D68 in 19 states, Canada

Enterovirus D68 is likely coming -- if it hasn't already -- to a state near you.<p>Since mid-August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed 153 cases of respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68 in 18 states: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, …

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Ebola patients buying survivors' blood from black market, WHO warns

As hospitals in nations hardest hit by Ebola struggle to keep up, desperate patients are turning to the black market to buy blood from survivors of the virus, the World Health Organization warned.<p>The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has killed at least 2,400 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra …

Virus hitting the U.S. could be 'tip of iceberg,' CDC official says

A respiratory virus is sending hundreds of children to hospitals throughout the Midwest and beyond, health officials say.<p>The unusually high number of hospitalizations reported could be "just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases," said Mark Pallansch, a virologist and director of the …

Enterovirus cases investigated in 12 states

Respiratory illnesses caused by an enterovirus are sending hundreds of children to hospitals throughout the Midwest and Southeast, health officials say.<p>Twelve states are reporting clusters of enterovirus illness: Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, …

Death toll passes 1,550 as Ebola outbreak accelerates, officials say

The Ebola outbreak "continues to accelerate" in West Africa and has killed 1,552 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday.<p>The total number of cases stands at 3,069, with 40% occurring in the past three weeks. "However, most cases are concentrated in only a few localities," the WHO …

A brief explanation of the physics behind the treatment that Ashya King’s parents wanted for their son’s cancer<p>The story of Ashya King and his parents is desperately sad. One feature is that his family want him to receive proton therapy. This is not a “magic bullet” treatment and without knowing …

Anthrax investigation: USDA finds more CDC lab problems

Four days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded its investigation into June's accidental anthrax exposure, more details are being released about the government health agency's mishandling of potentially dangerous pathogens.<p>The CDC concluded its investigation into the …

Ebola virus: Can nations stop deadliest ever outbreak from spreading? - CNN.com

<b>(CNN)</b> -- African ministers and health experts are meeting in Ghana with one thing on their minds: how to stop the biggest ever outbreak of the Ebola virus from extending its deadly reach still further.<p>The World Health Organization has warned that "drastic action" is needed to halt the killer in its …

Ebola: 11 African nations OK plan to tackle epidemic - CNN.com

<b>(CNN)</b> -- The World Health Organization says the current Ebola epidemic trend "shows a mixed picture" in Africa, according to a statement released early Tuesday.<p>Liberia has reported 16 new cases with nine deaths. Sierra Leone has had 34 new cases and 14 deaths since last week. The WHO statement …

Virus detected in baby 'cured' of HIV

A Mississippi baby scientists thought was "functionally cured" of HIV now has detectable levels of the virus in her blood, her doctors say.<p>The news is disappointing for a case the scientific community hailed just last year as a potential game changer in the fight against AIDS.<p>"It felt like a punch …

Ebola epidemic in West Africa 'out of control'

The deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has hit "unprecedented" proportions, according to relief workers on the ground.<p>"The epidemic is out of control," Dr. Bart Janssens, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement.<p>There have been 567 cases and 350 deaths since …

'Drastic action is needed' now to stop Ebola epidemic

The Ebola epidemic isn't getting any better in Africa.<p>The World Health Organization reports there have been 759 cases, including 467 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia since the outbreak began in March, according to a statement the organization released on Tuesday.<p>The World Health …