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Epilepsy: Calls for ‘critical’ funding to save lives

Image copyright Jane HannaImage caption Alan Pring, pictured with his partner, Jane Hanna, died suddenly and unexpectedly in 1990 Hundreds of people with epilepsy are dying every year because “critical” checks are not taking place, campaigners have warned. GPs used to receive money for achieving specific targets based on managing patients’ epilepsy care but this […]

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Spinal implant helps three paralysed men walk again

Image caption Sebastian, Gertan and David have all benefited from the work of Dr Courtine Three paralysed men, who were told they would spend the rest of their lives in a wheelchair, are able to walk again thanks to doctors in Switzerland. An electrical device inserted around the men’s spines boosted signals from their brains […]

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Parkinson’s disease ‘may’ start in gut

Image copyright Getty Images The brain disease Parkinson’s may actually start in the depths of the digestive system, US scientists say. In their study, people whose appendix had been removed were less likely to develop the neurodegenerative disease. And the appendix, long thought of as pointless in the human body, contained the substance that kills […]

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Spinal implant helps paralysed patients walk again

Scientists in Switzerland have developed a spinal implant that enables people who had previously been considered permanently paralysed to walk again temporarily. When switched on, the device boosts signals from the brain through the injured part of the spine to the legs. It has also surprised scientists by appearing to repair nerve damage in the […]

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Pharma company charged over baby feed ‘contamination’

Image copyright Getty Images ITH Pharma, a specialist manufacturer of intravenous nutrition, has been charged with a number of offences following the deaths and illness of babies in some hospitals in England. It is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday 17 December charged with seven counts of supplying medicinal product not of […]

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The price of a bigger penis

Penis fillers, designed to increase the organ’s girth, are gaining in popularity – despite warnings over complications. Stuart Price explains why he chose to have the procedure to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. Read more: The men having penis fillers to boost their self-esteem Follow the Victoria Derbyshire programme on Facebook and Twitter. Watch the […]

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Clampdown on violence against NHS staff

Image copyright iStock Health Secretary Matt Hancock says he will introduce new measures to help protect NHS staff from violence. The NHS Violence Reduction Strategy expands on work previously carried out by a body that was scrapped by government more than a year ago. A bill to double the sentence for assaults on emergency workers […]