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Parkinson’s blood-test hope for treatment research

[ad_1] 2 hours agoBy Philippa Roxby, Health reporter, BBC NewsGetty ImagesA simple blood test using artificial intelligence to predict Parkinson's disease years before symptoms begin has been developed by researchers.They hope it can lead to a cheap, finger-prick test providing early diagnoses - and help find treatments to slow down the disease.Charity Parkinson's UK said it was "a major step forward" in the search for a non-invasive patient-friendly test. But larger trials
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Senior doctors accept pay deal in England

[ad_1] Some senior doctors in England have accepted a pay offer from the government.It means speciality and associate specialist (SAS) doctors - medics who have finished junior doctor training but are not working as either consultants or GPs - have joined their consultant colleagues in ending their dispute.SAS doctors had not yet taken strike action, but had been threatening to do so.The pay deal is worth up to 19.4% and
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Sunderland boy ‘only one in UK’ with rare fatal disease

[ad_1] 4 hours agoBy Jim Scott, BBC News, North East and CumbriaBBCChemie-Leigh Lewis says Grayson is generally a "happy" childThe mother of the "only person in the UK" living with the rare and fatal condition Arts Syndrome said she had to fight for "life-changing" medication for her baby son.Chemie-Leigh Lewis, from Houghton-le-Spring on the edge of Sunderland, said it had been a "hell of a year" after being told one-year-old Grayson may
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Patient hails ‘life-changing’ implant for severe acid reflux

[ad_1] 5 hours agoBy Alastair Fee, Health Correspondent, BBC SouthBBCDanielle Harding said the implant had been life changingA woman who suffered the debilitating effects of severe acid reflux has described a new implant as "amazing" and "life changing". Danielle Harding, 30, could not eat without enduring severe coughing and pain because of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).She was one of the first patients in the UK to receive the implant of a silicone
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I felt like I was getting electric shocks then found out it was cancer

[ad_1] 6 hours agoBy Angie Brown, BBC Scotland, Edinburgh and East reporterCarol McGachieCarol McGachie has been left with a permanent feeling that her finger tips are burntEvery night when Carol McGachie went to bed she felt like she was being hit by electric shocks.She would pace up and down while intense tingling pains went up her legs and down her arms.The mother-of-two from West Lothian couldn't sleep a wink with the pain.When
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What do we know about Kate’s cancer treatment?

[ad_1] Catherine, Princess of Wales, says she is still having preventative chemotherapy for cancer which was found after major abdominal surgery in January. She says she is making good progress, but has "good days and bad days" on it. "On those bad days you feel weak, tired and you have to give in to your body resting. But on the good days, when you feel stronger, you want to make
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Top doctor alarmed by weight-loss drug misuse

[ad_1] 22 minutes agoBy Philippa Roxby, Health reporterGetty ImagesPeople are using the drugs to lose a few pounds to get ready for the beach this summer, Prof Powis saidNHS England's medical director says he is alarmed by reports that people are using weight-loss drugs as "a quick fix" to lose a few pounds and get "beach-body ready" this summer.Professor Stephen Powis said the side-effects of the drugs could be dangerous, and they
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Radiologists warn over habitual delays for cancer treatment

[ad_1] Getty ImagesLong waits for cancer care are becoming routine across the UK with nearly half of all specialist cancer centres experiencing delays most weeks, the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has said.The college has warned of an “impending crisis” in the cancer workforce, with a “staggering” 30% shortfall in radiologists and 15% shortfall in clinical oncologists.The Conservative Party said it would meet current targets for cancer care in England
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£8m Longitude prize won for tackling superbug rise

[ad_1] 1 hour agoBy James Gallagher, @JamesTGallagher, Health and science correspondent, BBC NewsGettyThe £8m Longitude Prize has been won after a decade-long competition to find new tools to tackle the scourge of superbugs. It has been awarded for a test that rapidly detects whether an infection is caused by bacteria and identifies the right antibiotics to treat it. The test takes 45 minutes, compared with three days using traditional methods. The original work
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Eva ‘doing really good’ after spinal surgery

[ad_1] 10 hours agoBy Lisa Summers, Health CorrespondentEva Tennent could be back at school after the summerA 10-year-old girl whose lifesaving spinal surgery was cancelled seven times is finally home and "doing really good" after finally getting an operation, her family have said.Twelve weeks ago, Eva Tennent's family were told the curvature of her spine had become so severe following the delays that her condition was now “inoperable”.But following BBC Scotland News