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Genetic patch ‘stops deafness’

Genetic patch ‘stops deafness’

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. Continue reading

Sunshine may ‘reduce arthritis risk’

Sunshine may ‘reduce arthritis risk’

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. Continue reading

Cardiac guidelines ‘not endorsed’

Cardiac guidelines ‘not endorsed’

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. Continue reading

Sperm count ‘linked to TV viewing’

Sperm count ‘linked to TV viewing’

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. Continue reading

Pollution linked to low birth weight

Pollution linked to low birth weight

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. Continue reading

Warning over NHS doctors’ contracts

Warning over NHS doctors’ contracts

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 Continue reading

NHS cover-ups ‘should be a crime’

NHS cover-ups ‘should be a crime’

6 February 2013 Last updated at 08:08 ET By Nick Triggle Health correspondent, BBC News Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. “A story of appalling suffering”: Watch Robert Francis QC’s statement in full NHS staff should face prosecution if they are not open and honest about mistakes, according to a public inquiry into failings at Stafford Hospital. Continue reading

Sperm donors can seek access to kids

Sperm donors can seek access to kids

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. Continue reading

Quantum dots deliver vitamin D to tumors for possible inflammatory breast cancer treatment

Quantum dots deliver vitamin D to tumors for possible inflammatory breast cancer treatment

Feb. 1, 2013 — The shortened daylight of a Maine winter may make for long, dark nights — but it has shone a light on a novel experimental approach to fighting inflammatory breast cancer (IBC), an especially deadly form of breast cancer. The new approach enlists the active form of Vitamin D3, called calcitriol, which is delivered therapeutically by quantum dots Continue reading

Genetically modified tobacco plants produce antibodies to treat rabies

Genetically modified tobacco plants produce antibodies to treat rabies

Feb. 1, 2013 — Smoking tobacco might be bad for your health, but a genetically altered version of the plant might provide a relatively inexpensive cure for the deadly rabies virus. In a new research report appearing in The FASEB Journal , scientists produced a monoclonal antibody in transgenic tobacco plants that was shown to neutralize the rabies virus. Continue reading