Ultra-tough antibiotic to fight superbugs

US scientists have re-engineered a vital antibiotic in a bid to wipe out one of the world's most threatening superbugs.Their new version of vancomycin is designed to be ultra-tough and appears to be a thousand times more potent than the old drug, PNAS journal reports.It fights bacteria in three diff
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Scientists find that smoking harms livers of unborn babies

The impact of cigarette damage to unborn babies has been revealed in a new stem cell study.Scientists found that the cocktail of chemicals in cigarettes is particularly harmful to developing liver cells. They developed a method of studying the effects of maternal smoking on liver tissue using embryo
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How to manage back pain

Nearly 10 million working days are lost each year for adults aged 25-64 due to back pain - and around 80% of us will suffer from back pain at some point in our lives. The financial cost to the UK economy is estimated to be around £12bn per year, plus there are huge personal and emotional costs.In B
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Autism diagnoses ‘could be reduced under NHS plan’

Proposals to reduce the number of children being diagnosed with autism are being considered by NHS commissioners in south-west London. The idea of restricting an autism diagnosis to only the most severe cases was discussed earlier this month.The local alliance of five clinical commissioning groups (
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Germany vaccination: Fines plan as measles cases rise

Parents in Germany who fail to seek medical advice on vaccinating their children could face fines of up to €2,500 (£2,175; $2,800). Health Minister Hermann Gröhe said it was necessary to tighten the law because of a measles epidemic. A mother of three died of measles in the city of Essen this we
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Why Greek mountain villagers have healthy hearts

Scientists have pinpointed one reason why people living in isolated villages in Greece may enjoy long and healthy lives.They found a new genetic variant, common among villagers, which appears to protect the heart by lowering levels of "bad" fats and cholesterol.Despite a diet rich in animal fat, the
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Charlie Gard’s parents fight for Supreme Court hearing

The parents of ill baby Charlie Gard who want to take their son to the US for treatment are bidding to take their case to the Supreme Court.Chris Gard and Connie Yates failed in their appeal against a High Court ruling that the eight-month-old should be moved to palliative care.They had raised £1.3
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Kettering General Hospital ‘fiddled’ waiting time records

Thousands of patients were removed from a hospital's waiting lists in a bid to "fiddle" the system, it is claimed.A BBC investigation found thousands of Kettering General Hospital patients had waited a year or more for operations. David Phelan, a hospital trust governor, claims patients were removed
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Charlie Gard’s parents lose life support court appeal

Doctors can stop providing life-support treatment to ill baby Charlie Gard, Court of Appeal judges have ruled.Charlie's parents appealed against a ruling made last month that would allow specialists to move their eight-month-old son to palliative care. Chris Gard and Connie Yates had raised £1.3m t
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Ancestry.com denies exploiting users’ DNA

A leading genealogy service, Ancestry.com, has denied exploiting users' DNA following criticism of its terms and conditions.The US company's DNA testing service has included a right to grant Ancestry a "perpetual" licence to use customers' genetic material.A New York data protection lawyer spotted t
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