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‘Three-person’ baby boy born in Greece

[ad_1] Image copyright SPL Image caption The baby was conceived using an experimental form of IVF Fertility doctors in Greece and Spain say they have produced a baby from three people in order to overcome a woman's infertility. The baby boy was born weighing 2.9kg (6lbs) on Tuesday. The mother and child are said to be in good health. The doctors say they are "making medical history" which could help
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Private hospitals ‘must do more to keep patients safe’

[ad_1] Image copyright SWNS Image caption Ian Paterson was jailed in 2017 after being convicted of intentionally wounding patients Private hospitals must do more to keep patients safe and prevent rogue surgeons like Ian Paterson from harming anyone again, the Royal College of Surgeons says.Paterson was convicted of carrying out unnecessary breast surgery operations and jailed for 20 years in 2017. Surgeons say the private sector must collect and publish
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Aphantasia: Ex-Pixar chief Ed Catmull says ‘my mind’s eye is blind’

[ad_1] Image copyright Pixar The former president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios says he has a "blind mind's eye".Most people can close their eyes and conjure up images inside their head such as counting sheep or imagining the face of a loved one. But Ed Catmull, 74, has the condition aphantasia, in which people cannot visualise mental images at all. And in a surprising survey of his former
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Migraine sufferer completes 100-day cold-water challenge

[ad_1] Image copyright @vitaminseafilm Image caption Beth Francis and Andrew Clark have filmed their swims for a documentary about trying to cure Beth's migraines A migraine sufferer who started taking a regular dip in the cold sea to see if it would help ease symptoms has completed her 100 day challenge.Beth Francis from Anglesey has seen her migraines reduce from 25 to 15 a month since her personal crusade started.She
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Dad running 1,600 miles for disabled son

[ad_1] A father is running 1,600 miles in a year to raise funds for his son, who has a rare disability.Lewis Herbert, 16, has Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, which has left him unable to walk or talk and he requires 24-hour care. His father, Gary, 41, gave up alcohol and set himself a target of 100 miles for every year of Lewis's life, which he is due to complete in 2019.So far
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Sydney Brenner: Molecular biology pioneer dies

[ad_1] Image copyright SPL Image caption Brenner was part of the hothouse environment at Cambridge's Laboratory of Molecular Biology Sydney Brenner, one of the giants of 20th Century science, has died.The South African of Lithuanian descent made many pioneering discoveries in the field of molecular and developmental biology, winning a Nobel Prize in 2002.The Nobel recognised his work with the tiny roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans, which is now widely used by
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Why measles keeps coming back

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Measles is one of the world's most infectious illnesses but until recently cases had been declining. So what's led to recent outbreaks?Rockland County, in New York state, declared a state of emergency last week following a severe re-emergence of the preventable virus. It's far from an isolated case, with the US already on course this year to see the most measles cases since 2000, when
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HPV vaccine linked to ‘dramatic’ cervical disease drop

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The routine vaccination of girls with the HPV vaccine in Scotland has led to a "dramatic" drop in cervical disease in later life, new research suggests. Human papilomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted infection and some types are linked to cervical cancer. Researchers said the vaccine has nearly wiped out cases of cervical pre-cancer in young women since an immunisation programme was introduced 10 years
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‘Should we get our baby vaccinated?’

[ad_1] Image caption Victoria and Mark are expecting their first child in August A growing number of parents are confused about whether to vaccinate their children, with many influenced by "anti-vax" information on social media. Can asking experts questions help one undecided couple find clarity?"We're undecided but are swaying towards not getting the baby vaccinated," Mark tells the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme. He and his wife, Victoria, are expecting their
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Vaginal mesh ban can be lifted with changes, NICE says

[ad_1] Image caption The mesh implants are used to ease incontinence and to support organs Controversial vaginal mesh implants can be offered again on the NHS in England once certain conditions are met, health watchdog NICE has said.Some women have been left unable to walk, work or have sex after having the implants, which are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence.Use of vaginal mesh was halted across the