Category Archives: Health

22Mar/15

A mother’s quest to cure her son

Researchers have discovered a link between circadian rhythms and Angelman syndrome, a genetic disorder which inhibits brain development leaving its victims unable to speak while suffering from seizures and sleep problems. The link between the biological clock and Angelman’s could prove to be a powerful tool in the search for treatments and a possible cure for the disease. Its discovery was made in part by a mother who has sacrificed everything in order to try and help her son. Ben Gruber has more.
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17Mar/15

South African doctors perform world’s first successful penis transplant

South African doctors perform the world’s first successful penis transplant on a young man who had his organ amputated after a botched circumcision ritual.

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16Mar/15

Horse dung has scientists on scent of antibiotic success

The key to creating the next generation of antibiotics could lie in horse dung. That’s according to researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Bonn who have produced copsin, an antibiotic protein compound, in the common inky cap mushroom that grows in manure.
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09Mar/15

France debates ‘deep sleep’ option at end of life, no euthanasia

Some say it’s euthanasia, others say it’s not enough, French legislators are to start examining a draft law which would give the right to “deep and ongoing sedation” until death for terminally ill patients.

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27Feb/15

Chilean girl with cystic fibrosis tells president: Let me die

A fourteen-year-old girl suffering from cystic fibrosis asks Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet to authorize her euthanasia.

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24Feb/15

Measles death in Germany sparks vaccination debate

(Next Media Online) – Following the February 23 death of a German toddler from measles, health officials in Berlin are considering making vaccinations mandatory.
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24Feb/15

Twins joined at chest, separated after 26-hour surgery

Ten-month-old conjoined twins who shared a chest wall, intestine and pelvis were separated in a first ever surgery of its kind, at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.
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24Feb/15

Blind man sees wife for first time in 10 years

A 68-year-old blind man is overcome with emotion upon seeing his wife for the first time in more than a decade with the help of a bionic eye implant.

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23Feb/15

Freetown neighbourhood sealed off as new Ebola cases emerge

Sierra Leone has imposed a lock down in Freetown’s Aberdeen district, following a spike in Ebola cases, in what is seen as a setback for the country hardest-hit by the virus. Health workers are conducting searches as part of government efforts to contain the virus.
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23Feb/15

11 Wesleyan students treated for MDMA drug overdoses

Eleven students at Connecticut’s Wesleyan University are being treated for overdoses of the drug MDMA.

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