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The Body Politic: How important is a politician’s health?

Image: May via Unsplash With fewer than 60 days until the American presidential election, Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis has raised further questions about what candidates should tell voters about their health. A surprising number of American presidents have fallen ill during their tenure or shortly after leaving the Oval Office: Franklin D. Roosevelt fought polio; […]

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‘Smoke detector’ test developed to predict the onset of cancer

A blood test has been developed by researchers at Swansea University which could potentially save millions of lives by detecting cancer before the onset of symptoms. Oesophageal cancer was selected for the trial due to its poor survival rates; on average a patient survives just 12 months and only 15 per cent live for five years. […]

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Preventing an epidemic: Lessons learned from Ebola

Zika, Ebola, MERS and Swine Flu – these viruses have captured international attention in recent years as part of an apparent surge in epidemics. The struggle to contain Ebola last year shifted the focus towards the developing world’s broken health-care systems and their seeming inability to effectively cope with the increasing demands placed upon them. […]

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Study shows high amounts of cocaine cause brain cell ‘suicide’

Image: United States Drug Enforcement Agency  A century ago, we thought that cocaine was some kind of ‘wonder drug’. Since then, many studies have demonstrated that the drug can cause a loss of grey matter in the brain, or an increased cardiovascular risk to the rest of the body. Nevertheless, cocaine has remained one of the most […]

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Mystery illnesses diagnosed through genome study

In 2003 a significant breakthrough was announced. The Human Genome Project  (HGP) had successfully read the entire genetic code of a human being, comprising 20,000 or so genes and the DNA in between. The HGP was a huge international collaboration, with the UK at the forefront, following in the footsteps of other British scientists who […]