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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

Twin born with ‘orange-sized’ tumour

Twin born with ‘orange-sized’ tumour

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. Continue reading

Health boards ‘failing the deaf’

Health boards ‘failing the deaf’

1 February 2013 Last updated at 04:58 ET By India Pollock BBC Wales News Health boards in Wales are breaching the law by not providing accessible services for the deaf and hard of hearing, the BBC has learned. Continue reading

Whooping cough cases ‘falling’

Whooping cough cases ‘falling’

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. Continue reading

Older mums should be induced early

Older mums should be induced early

31 January 2013 Last updated at 23:15 ET Pregnant women aged over 40 should be given the option of being induced early to reduce the risks of losing their baby, says a paper from Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Inducing these women at 39 weeks instead of the normal 41 could prevent 17 stillbirths in the UK each year, the authors said. Continue reading

‘Universal HPV vaccination’ call

‘Universal HPV vaccination’ call

31 January 2013 Last updated at 22:58 ET Schoolboys in the UK should receive the HPV vaccine to protect against throat cancer, a charity has urged. The jab was introduced in 2008 for girls, to immunise them against the virus that causes cervical cancer. The Throat Cancer Foundation says the vaccine protects against other cancers and has urged the government to extend the programme to all 12-year-olds Continue reading

HIV in gay men ‘refuses to fall’

HIV in gay men ‘refuses to fall’

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 Continue reading

Hospital cuts over neighbour debt

Hospital cuts over neighbour debt

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. Continue reading

Valleys in top 10 for poor health

Valleys in top 10 for poor health

31 January 2013 Last updated at 02:30 ET Five of the 10 areas where people feel the least healthy in the whole of England and Wales are in the south Wales valleys, the 2011 census shows. People were asked to report their health, with Cardiff emerging as the healthiest place with 81.4% happy Continue reading