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British scientists in world-first TB breakthrough

Media captionBritish scientists claim major advance in TB treatment British scientists have made a world-first breakthrough in the diagnosis of tuberculosis. Researchers in Oxford and Birmingham say they can isolate different strains of the disease using a process called genome sequencing. It means patients who may have waited months to get the right drugs can […]

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Let them eat cake!

Image copyright KINGSTON HOSPITAL Image caption Serving cakes to patients in the afternoons was a welcome move at Kingston Hospital Patients at Kingston Hospital, in south-west London, used to say the food was a major disappointment. When patients were asked for feedback, the poor quality of hospital meals was mentioned more often than anything else. […]

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Major pancreatic cancer study launched

Image copyright SPL A new pancreatic cancer project has been launched to find ways to speed up scientific discovery to improve the survival rates of patients. Cancer Research have invested £10m in the PRECISION-Panc project, which aims to find quick ways of finding the right treatment for individual tumours. Researchers at Glasgow University will receive […]

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Drug 'reverses' ageing in animal tests

Image copyright Getty Images A drug that can reverse aspects of ageing has been successfully trialled in animals, say scientists. They have rejuvenated old mice to restore their stamina, coat of fur and even some organ function. The team at Erasmus University Medical Center, in the Netherlands, are planning human trials for what they hope […]

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The heroes who helped

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nurses from St Thomas’ Hospital brought blankets and supplies to those who were injured In the wake of the London attack many people have been quick to praise the bravery of the city’s “heroes” – the emergency services and members of the public who rushed to help those in […]

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Bed delay transfer figures reveal areas worst affected

Image copyright Getty Images More than 2,500 hospital beds a day are taken up by patients whose release has been delayed due to problems in the social care system. Analysis of official so-called “bed-blocking” statistics reveals the areas where the NHS is worst affected. The Local Government Association said under-funded authorities had placed care providers […]

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'Role model' nurses inspire cancer survivor

A woman who was diagnosed with cancer when she was four has been inspired to take up nursing. Clara Markiewicz says she was so affected by the “role model” nurses that she wanted to become one. And now she’s working at Southampton Children’s Hospital – alongside one of the nurses who looked after her 15 […]