What REALLY causes migraines? New research suggests extra sensitive nerves may be to blame


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What REALLY causes migraines New research suggests extra sensitive nerves may be to blame Until now, migraine pain was thought to be caused by an expansion of the arteries on the outside of the skullBut MRI scans found that the arteries don't expandNew research suggests pain may be due to nerve fibres around the blood vessels becoming extra sensitive By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 15:20 GMT, 16 April 2013 | UPDATED: 15:29 GMT, 16 April 2013 Danish scientists have made a key discovery in what triggers a migraine – a step that could pave the way for better treatment of the debilitating condition.

Patient"s own blood used to create stem cells in breakthrough that could treat a whole range of diseases


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Patient's own blood used to create stem cells in breakthrough that could treat a whole range of diseasesThe cells are building blocks that allow the body to produce new cells and repair tissuesScientists believe blood could be the easiest and safest source of stem cells | UPDATED: 10:22 GMT, 30 November 2012 A patient's own blood has been used to make personalised stem cells, in a groundbreaking development which doctors hope will eventually be used to treat a range of diseases.

Why a shock can kill you (even good news): Release of adrenaline after sudden discovery can lead to heart problems

Why a shock can kill you (even good news): Release of adrenaline after sudden discovery can lead to heart problems | UPDATED: 00:35 GMT, 16 October 2012 A shock can be fatal – and it makes no difference whether it's the trauma of a loved one's death or the excitement of a lottery win, experts claim.

Deafness gene discovery could lead to new treatments


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Gene that causes 1,000 babies to be born deaf in UK each year discovered | UPDATED: 08:05 GMT, 1 October 2012 A gene that causes 1,000 babies to be born deaf in Britain each year has been discovered by scientists.

Devoted husband discovers wifes heartbreaking letters revealing her wishes for care after onset of Alzheimers


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Husband of Alzheimer's sufferer discovers heartbreaking notes detailing wife's care wishes – and he'd followed them to the letterSteve Boryszczuk realised he'd followed his wife Michelle's wishes to the letter when he moved her into a specialist care homeShe was diagnosed with the disease aged just 39 and is now bed-bound and needs round-the-clock care She had spent eight years writing detailed notes about how she wanted to be looked after which her husband has just discovered | UPDATED: 15:24 GMT, 3 September 2012 A devoted husband who ‘lost’ his wife to early-onset dementia has discovered detailed diaries written before she became one of Britain’s youngest ever Alzheimer’s sufferers detailing how she wanted to be cared for.

New drug for prostate cancer sufferers can extend life by five months


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New drug for prostate cancer sufferers can extend life by five months Enzalutamide survived for more than 18 months compared to 14 for those on a placebo | UPDATED: 00:47 GMT, 16 August 2012 A new drug for men with advanced prostate cancer gives them five months’ extra life when they have run out of options.

MS hope: Alzheimer"s disease molecule can actually REVERSE multiple sclerosis, say scientists after shock discovery


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Alzheimer's disease molecule can actually REVERSE multiple sclerosis, say scientists after shock discovery Maligned molecule found to have beneficial anti-inflammatory effect | UPDATED: 10:43 GMT, 3 August 2012 A molecule that causes Alzheimer’s disease could reverse paralysis caused by multiple sclerosis (MS), a study has found.

Scientists discover new species of “blind snake” in Brazilian river (and please stop sniggering at the back)


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Scientists discover new species of “blind snake” in Brazilian river that looks remarkably like a piece of the human anatomy (and stop sniggering). Forgive us if this puts you off your dinner because, as snakes go, this is not much of a charmer.

Meet the adorable "designer" twins created by doctors so their mother wouldn"t miscarry


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Meet the adorable 'designer' twins created by doctors so their mother wouldn't miscarryJulia and husband Stuart both carried abnormal chromosomes causing her to miscarry.

Discovery of DNA sections responsible for osteoarthritis raises hope of treatment for millions affected by crippling illness


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Discovery of DNA sections responsible for osteoarthritis raises hope of treatment for millions affected by crippling illnessBreakthrough made by researchers at the University of NewcastleAround 8.5million Britons suffer from osteoarthritis | UPDATED: 01:08 GMT, 3 July 2012 A breakthrough by British scientists could lead to new treatments for the most common form of arthritis.