Girl, 7, cured of leukaemia after scientists "reprogramme" immune cells to destroy the cancer


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Girl, 7, cured of leukaemia after scientists 'reprogramme' immune cells to destroy the cancer New therapy creates 'guided missile' T-cells by attaching antibodies to them Nine of 12 patients in the study, including two children, responded to treatmentExperts call for more trials and it could be some time before treatment is available here | UPDATED: 19:22 GMT, 10 December 2012 A seven-year-old girl has been 'cured' of leukaemia after a new therapy in which her T-cells — the immune system's killer cells — were bio-engineered to become 'guided missiles' to seek out and destroy the leukaemia, a new study shows.

Blood test "cuts prostate cancer deaths"


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Controversial blood test 'cuts prostate cancer deaths'PSA test not used routinely in the UK because of fears over reliabilityCan spot a protein in the blood that can signify the presence of prostate cancer | UPDATED: 17:54 GMT, 23 August 2012 A controversial blood test for prostate cancer may have significantly improved the survival prospects of patients diagnosed with advanced disease, research has shown.

Daily aspirin "cuts the risk of dying from any type of cancer"


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Daily aspirin 'cuts the risk of dying from any type of cancer' Daily aspirin cuts cancer risk overall by 16 per cent | UPDATED: 20:00 GMT, 10 August 2012 Experts will need to study whether the benefits outweigh the risks of taking aspirin regularly Taking aspirin regularly cuts the risk of dying from cancer but the reduction is smaller than researchers anticipated, a new study reveals.

Patch that could replace insulin jabs for diabetics


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Patch that could replace insulin jabs for diabetics | UPDATED: 02:36 GMT, 7 August 2012 A stick-on patch that blasts insulin through the skin could banish the need for daily injections for many diabetics.

The veteran horseriding stuntwoman who towers over the rest – despite being born with no legs


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The veteran horseriding stuntwoman who towers over the rest – despite being born with no legs Barbara Adside born with spina bifida and no lower legsShe has been an established horse rider for 20 years and hopes to compete at Paralympics

Alternative medicines may be dangerous as studies fail to mention adverse effects


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Alternative treatments 'may be dangerous' says complementary medicines expert, as studies fail to mention adverse effects Half of chiropractic treatment trials in study failed to mention if there were any adverse effects | UPDATED: 09:08 GMT, 14 May 2012 Alternative treatments may appear safer then they actually are, because studies fail to report adverse effects, according to the UK's only professor of complementary medicine.

Bone putty could heal fractures in days rather than months, claim scientists


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Revolutionary putty could heal bone fractures in days rather than months, claim scientists By Claire Bates Last updated at 3:20 PM on 8th February 2012 A 'fracture putty' could have people with broken legs up and moving as fast as days afterward, claim scientists Anyone who has broken a bone knows how long and arduous the recovery period can be.

Aspirin warning: Pills can cut heart attacks by 10% but raise risk of internal bleeding


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'Worried well' are warned against taking daily aspirin: Pills can cut heart attacks by 10% but raise risk of internal bleeding by nearly a third Doctors should stop giving aspirin to ward off heart attacks in patients without cardiac disease, claim scientists.

Scared of the dentist? New painless cavity drill could be on the market in two years


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Scared of the dentist New painless cavity drill could be on the market in two years There could yet be hope for those who live in fear of getting a filling, as a new painless cavity drill is set to hit dentists” surgeries. The hi-tech “plasma brush” can hollow out rotten teeth in just 30 seconds, with only a slight cooling sensation for the patient. It uses chemical reactions to disinfect cavities before operations, and forms a bond on the tooth which is much stronger than current techniques