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4 February 2013 Last updated at 21:33 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News A tiny “genetic patch” can be used to prevent a form of deafness which runs in families, according to animal tests. Patients with Usher syndrome have defective sections of their genetic code which cause problems with hearing, sight and balance.
1 February 2013 Last updated at 12:12 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News Men who donate sperm can apply to seek a role in the lives of their biological children, the High Court has ruled. The decision could have implications for families using donated sperm and donors, who have no legal role as parents of their biological child.
1 February 2013 Last updated at 08:33 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News A baby girl has been born in Sheffield with a huge tumour which accounted for a sixth of her body weight. The orange-sized growth was so large it was crushing Isabel Roberts’ throat leaving her unable to breathe naturally. Doctors needed to rapidly fit a tube to help her breathing before she stopped getting oxygen from her mother.
1 February 2013 Last updated at 05:42 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News The largest outbreak of whooping cough for 20 years shows signs of slowing as cases fall for two months in a row, Health Protection Agency figures for England and Wales show.
31 January 2013 Last updated at 22:49 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News Huge improvements in treating and testing for HIV have failed to curb infections in gay and bisexual men in England and Wales, a study suggests. New infections were static at about 2,300 a year between 2001 and 2010, despite rises in early diagnosis and far more people taking medication. Scientists, writing in the Lancet Infectious Diseases 1 , said there had been a return of risky sexual practice
31 January 2013 Last updated at 10:56 ET The A&E department at Lewisham hospital in south-east London is to be downgraded and made smaller as part of cost-cutting measures. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt also said the maternity unit at Lewisham would be replaced with a midwife-led facility.