Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Category: Health

Polio spreads in Afghanistan and Pakistan ‘due to unchecked borders’

Campaigners say resurgence of deadly virus threatens despite huge successes of vaccination drive The unmonitored movement of people across the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan threatens efforts to eradicate polio from the two countries, as the year’s first cases of the virus are recorded in the volatile region. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative said people […]

Revealed: asthma’s deadly toll on young people in the UK

European health report finds Britain has highest mortality rate of countries studied Young Britons are dying from asthma at a higher rate than any of the other European countries examined in a new study, researchers have revealed. Experts have found the UK is languishing near the bottom of an international league table for a host […]

Directors of cystic fibrosis drug firm in NHS standoff made £15m

Patients can’t access vital drug Orkambi as Vertex Pharmaceuticals refuse to drop price Two UK directors of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, the company in a stand-off with the NHS over the high price of its breakthrough cystic fibrosis drug, made more than £15m from share options in 2017, the Guardian can reveal. Vertex refuses to drop the […]

Gene therapy could treat rare brain disorder in unborn babies

Doctors could use Crispr tool to inject benign virus into foetus’s brain to ‘switch on’ key genes Scientists are developing a radical form of gene therapy that could cure a devastating medical disorder by mending mutations in the brains of foetuses in the womb. The treatment, which has never been attempted before, would involve doctors […]

Colombia’s homemade prosthetics – in pictures

Since 1992, more than 11,500 Colombians have been killed or injured by landmines, a legacy of more than 50 years of internal conflict. Many impoverished amputees without access to the healthcare system have resorted to making homemade prosthetics from wood, leather, metal and plastic bottles Continue reading…

Anaesthetists say patients at risk after flawed oxygen guidelines

New findings cast doubts on advice to administer 80% oxygen to patients after operations Patients may have been placed at risk of serious harm because of flawed advice to administer highly concentrated oxygen after surgery, leading anaesthetists have said. The concerns relate to World Health Organization guidelines to administer 80% oxygen to patients in the […]