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  • Blood test could determine prostate cancer therapy

    Thursday 5th November 2015

    A blood test can determine whether prostate cancer patients are likely to respond to drugs, scientists say. Tests on 97 men, described in Science Translational Medicine, were able to tell whether tumours were already resistant to the drug abiraterone. Doctors at the Institute of Cancer Research i...

  • Northern Ireland heart operations beamed across world

    Friday 16th October 2015

    Northern Ireland is at the centre of cutting-edge pioneering heart interventions that are leading the way across the world. Three live operations from Belfast City Hospital were, this week, beamed to the largest cardiovascular interventional conference in San Francisco. About 450 health professio...

  • Nightmare scenario - waking up under anaesthesia

    Wednesday 14th October 2015

    The vast majority of patients who have general anaesthetics in hospital do so without a problem. But writing in this week's Scrubbing Up, Prof Jennifer Hunter, of the University of Liverpool, says more could be done to prevent those few cases where something goes wrong - and that a simple monito...

  • Stem cell trial aims to cure blindness

    Tuesday 29th September 2015

    Surgeons in London have carried out a pioneering human embryonic stem cell operation in an ongoing trial to find a cure for blindness for many patients. The procedure was performed on a woman aged 60 at Moorfields Eye Hospital. It involved "seeding" a tiny patch with specialised eye cells and imp...

  • 'Transmittable Alzheimer's' concept raised

    Thursday 10th September 2015

    People may be able to contract Alzheimer's during certain medical procedures in the same way as the brain disease CJD, say researchers. Contaminated surgical instruments or injections, such as human growth hormone, may pose a rare but potential risk, they speculate in Nature. The theoretical hunc...

 
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