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Increased risk of dying for rare autoimmune patients during COVID-19

Increased risk of dying for rare autoimmune patients during COVID-19

A new study has shown that people living with rare autoimmune diseases are at heightened risk of dying during COVID-19, a finding that can...
Revolutionising the study of the cellular origins of disease

Revolutionising the study of the cellular origins of disease

A breakthrough in microscopy and endoscopy is set to revolutionise how we study the cellular origin of diseases – advancing the field of precision...
Improving access to gene and cell therapies for people with rare diseases

Improving access to gene and cell therapies for people with rare diseases

A new report has addressed challenges to accessing gene and cell therapies for people living with rare diseases. EURORDIS-Rare Diseases Europe and the partners of the...
Improving HIV testing in Europe

Improving HIV testing in Europe

The European Centres for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are calling for better HIV testing across Europe. The ECDC...
Mammography screening srill vital for reducing breast cancer deaths

Mammography screening srill vital for reducing breast cancer deaths

The NHS mammography Breast Screening Programme is still effective at reducing breast cancer-related death in England, according to a new study. Led by the Queen...
Six months immunity following COVID-19 infection, say researchers

Six months immunity following COVID-19 infection, say researchers

Immunity can last for up to six months following a COVID-19 infection, a new study has shown. As part of a collaboration between the University...
modafinil

Sleep disorder drug modafinil linked to increased risk of birth defects

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a warning to people using the sleep disorder drug modafinil while pregnant, due to an association with increased risk of birth defects.
Autistic children risk delays to diagnosis due to COVID-19 lockdowns

Autistic children risk delays to diagnosis due to COVID-19 lockdowns

New research has shown that more than 128,000 children and their families risk being ‘forgotten’ by the system as lockdown causes delays in autism...
Non-hereditary mutation acts as natural gene therapy for GATA2 deficiency

Non-hereditary mutation acts as natural gene therapy for GATA2 deficiency

Scientists have identified a non-inherited mutation in blood cells from a patient with GATA2 deficiency that may have prevented bone marrow failure and other...
lung cancer

Lung cancers detected early as a result of pioneering trial

A lung cancer trial, aiming to detect disease in higher risk patients before they show symptoms, has caught dozens of cases early.
Potential new medicine shows promise for patients with severe asthma

Potential new medicine shows promise for patients with severe asthma

AstraZeneca and Amgen have announced positive results from the NAVIGATOR Phase III trial for a potential new medicine that could help patients with severe,...
isotretinoin

MHRA to review acne treatment isotretinoin and suspected links with psychiatric and sexual side...

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has  issued a call for information on isotretinoin, a treatment for severe acne, which has been...
Potential new target for treating endometriosis discovered

Potential new target for treating endometriosis discovered

Researchers have identified a potential target to treat a painful and invasive form of endometriosis. Endometriosis, particularly the kind associated with the ARID1A mutation, can...
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust: cervical cancer in focus

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust: cervical cancer in focus

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust Chief Executive Robert Music speaks to HEQ about cervical cancer screening, treatment, and research. In the UK, around 3,200 new cases...
Trial shows positive results for reducing burden of stroke disability

Trial shows positive results for reducing burden of stroke disability

Detailed results from an exploratory analysis of the THALES Phase III trial showed the medication Brilinta (ticagrelor) reduced the rate of the composite of...
subarachnoid haemorrhage

Subarachnoid haemorrhage fatality rate higher than previously thought

A Finnish study has found that subarachnoid haemorrhage, an apparently rare form of stroke, is a more common cause of death than previously thought. Subarachnoid...
Results from research programme could reduce global burden of leprosy

Results from research programme could reduce global burden of leprosy

Results from the largest ever research programme combining contact tracing with prophylactic treatment show the approach could massively reduce the global burden of leprosy. The...
Potential lupus treatment reduces organ damaging corticosteroid use

Potential lupus treatment reduces organ damaging corticosteroid use

The treatment anifrolumab has been found to reduce lupus flares whilst allowing for patients to reduce the use of corticosteroids that can cause organ...
pancreatic cancer diagnosis treatment covid-19

Early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and challenges during COVID-19

Beth Rice, Health and Policy Manager at Pancreatic Cancer Action, discusses the challenges facing the treatment and diagnosis of pancreatic cancer during the COVID-19...
Researchers find better way to repair damaged nerve insulation

Researchers find better way to repair damaged nerve insulation

In a mouse study, researchers have found a better way than natural healing to repair damaged insulation surrounding nerve cells. Normally, the natural healing process...

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