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4 February 2013 Last updated at 20:05 ET A 3D printing technique that produces clusters of stem cells could speed up progress towards creating artificial organs, Edinburgh scientists have claimed. In the more immediate future it could be used to generate biopsy-like tissue samples for drug testing. The technique relies on an adjustable “microvalve” to build up layers of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs).
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.
4 February 2013 Last updated at 21:34 ET Living in a sunnier climate may reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, according to US researchers. Their study of more than 200,000 women, published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 1 , suggested a link between sunlight and the risk of developing the disease.
5 February 2013 Last updated at 06:55 ET By Marie Louise Connolly BBC Northern Ireland health correspondent The guidelines used to assess children’s cardiac services in NI were not endorsed by local professional medical bodies, it has emerged. The assessment has led to the future of cardiac services at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children being placed under threat.
4 February 2013 Last updated at 21:42 ET Men who do little exercise and spend much of their spare time watching TV have lower sperm counts than more active men, a study suggests. Clocking up 20 hours a week of TV time appears to be detrimental, the US authors from Harvard say in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
5 February 2013 Last updated at 20:46 ET Pregnant women who live in areas with significant air pollution risk having babies of low birth weight, the largest study to date suggests. The study, in Environmental Health Perspectives, looked at more than three million births in nine nations.
5 February 2013 Last updated at 21:25 ET The NHS must manage its consultants better to secure improvements linked to a sharp rise in their pay a decade ago, the National Audit Office has said. Pay for senior consultants rose by a maximum of 28% after changes in 2003 designed to lift productivity and career development, the watchdog said. While there had been benefits, it said value for money could still be boosted and performance assessed more widely
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.