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Germ clue to childhood cancer

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY A UK researcher believes science has now identified what can cause the most common type of cancer in children. Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia affects one in 2,000 children before they turn 16. Prof Mel Greaves of the Institute of Cancer Research thinks it starts with a mutation picked up in the […]

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Patients lose hip replacement court case

Image copyright Getty Images Hundreds of patients have lost the first round of a legal battle for compensation at the High Court over allegedly “defective” hip implants. A judge ruled that manufacturer DePuy was not liable to the 312 patients who claimed they had been injured by the implants. Claimants say the metal-on-metal hips were […]

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Deadly Nipah virus claims victims in India

Image copyright AFP Image caption Bats are mainly considered to be virus’s natural host. Health officials in the south Indian state of Kerala say nine people have died in confirmed and suspected cases of the deadly Nipah virus. Three victims tested positive for the virus in the last fortnight. The results of the remaining six […]

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Nanoparticles from tea leaves 'destroy lung cancer cells'

Image copyright Getty Images Nanoparticles derived from tea leaves could be the key to a leap forward in treating lung cancer, scientists have “accidentally” discovered. The joint Swansea University and Indian team was actually intending to create markers for detecting tumours. They were amazed to discover the “quantum dots” they manufactured destroyed 80% of the […]

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Are we eating at the wrong time for our body clocks?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Should we be eating earlier to boost our health? We’ve been warned repeatedly about the health perils of being out-of-sync with our body clocks. Are we eating in the right way for these circadian rhythms, and could changing our mealtime habits boost our health and help us lose weight? […]

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How likely is your e-cigarette to explode?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are three million e-cigarette users in the UK A man in America died when his vape pen exploded, but how dangerous are e-cigarettes? The case has made headlines around the world, and is believed to be the first death caused by vaping products in the US. The man, […]

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The little girl who can't enjoy the summer

Image caption Harper Mitchell Hyslop is not looking forward to the summer An incurable lung condition means a seven-year-old girl may never be able to enjoy the summer. Harper Mitchell Hyslop is the only person in the UK, and possibly in Europe, who suffers from a particular type of children’s interstitial lung disease (chILD). Sunny […]

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Growing resistance to antifungal drugs 'a global issue'

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Candida auris is responsible for increasing invasive fungal infections in hospitals Scientists are warning that levels of resistance to treatments for fungal infections are growing, which could lead to more outbreaks of disease. Intensive-care and transplant patients and those with cancer are most at risk because their immune […]