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Cancer drugs could help Nikki's blood vessel disorder

Researchers have discovered the genetic cause of a rare blood vessel disorder that can trigger life-threatening bleeds and strokes. They believe targeted cancer drugs may be able to treat it, in patients like 13-year-old vlogger Nikki Christou. Scientists at University College London Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital, who led the study, […]

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Alfie Evans: Sick toddler’s life support ‘can end’

Image copyright Alfie’s Army Facebook Image caption Alfie Evans suffers from an undiagnosed neurological degenerative condition Doctors can stop providing life support to toddler Alfie Evans who has a mystery illness against his parents’ wishes, the High Court has ruled. Alder Hey Children’s Hospital argued that continuing to treat the 21-month-old from Bootle, Merseyside was […]

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Further fall in hospital mortality rates

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people dying within 30 days of being admitted to hospital has fallen. Figures from the Scottish government showed there were 7,800 fewer than expected deaths between the first three months of 2014 and the third quarter of 2017. The figures are compiled to reveal the Hospital Standardised Mortality […]

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NI mental health charities urge action over 'crisis'

Image copyright PA A group of mental health charities is due to meet MPs to call for action on what they describe as the worsening mental health crisis in NI. The meetings, involving charities from Northern Ireland, will take place at Westminster. They say the situation is being exacerbated by Northern Ireland’s ongoing “political dysfunction”. […]

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Iceland's mooted circumcision ban sparks religious outrage

Image copyright Getty Images Religious groups have condemned a bill in Iceland’s parliament that would ban circumcision for non-medical reasons. The draft law would impose a six-year prison term on anyone guilty of “removing part or all of the [child’s] sexual organs”, arguing the practice violates the child’s rights. Jewish and Muslim leaders however have […]

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How baby stroke survivors' brains adapt

Image copyright Getty Images A study of children who had strokes as babies has found they adapted to use a different part of their brain for language. Imaging revealed language was based in the exact mirror opposite region to the normal left side area. Georgetown University researchers hope their work will help the rehabilitation of […]