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Testing cancer drugs on miniature replicas of a patient’s tumour could help doctors tell in advance which treatments will work, a major new study reports. The exciting new technique involves growing ‘mini tumours’ from biopsy samples – and could help end reliance on trial and error in selecting cancer treatments for patients where genetic tests are not predictive of response. Researchers at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust found testing mini tumours predicted whether a drug would work between 88 per cent and 100 per cent of the time. They believe each patient

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A new study suggests that after genetic matching, the age of a stem cell donor is the most important characteristic influencing patient survival following a stem cell transplant. Previous studies have suggested that donor characteristics including sex, ethnicity, blood type and previous pregnancies could all affect patient survival, making it difficult for transplant clinicians to rank donors where a patient has multiple HLA-matched donors. Anthony Nolan was part of an international study, led by the Centre for International Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) in Wisconsin, to analyse more than 10,000 unrelated donor stem cell transplants which took place

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Calorie counting and tracking is a great way of learning about calories and macronutrient content of food and is a great starting point for a lifestyle change. It’s not something that we should be aiming to do forever and it is essential to learn healthy habits (eating slowly and mindfully and choosing healthy options) and focus on hunger and satiety cues which can be lost in the modern world of very tasty and calorie dense foods. However, this doesn’t mean that we have to totally remove our favourite foods or drinks and can more easily include them in moderation within

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Why is there still such a huge stigma around breastfeeding in public? New research reveals over three quarters of British parents believe children should be taught about breastfeeding at school, to help normalise the practice and end the stigma for good. Even in these progressive times, there is still some way to go before new mothers can feel completely comfortable breastfeeding. While a huge 93% of new parents believe that breastfeeding mothers should feel free to do so anywhere in public, 85% say that a real stigma around it remains. Furthermore, over three quarters (77%) of respondents believe education is

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Many more people are living longer in the UK, which is great news, but also means we have to look carefully at health care, social care and how we integrate older and younger people in society. The one-day conference at the Royal Society of Medicine, at which I will be speaking, is looking at Successful Ageing, and we hope to cover all the ways that we can improve life for people over the age of 65, including improved nutrition, nursing supply and dealing with inequalities in later life. I do worry that there is a division opening up between the

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February 20th is Love Your Pet Day and it’s a great day to show your love to your dog by learning a little bit of first aid from Emma Hammett at First Aid for Pets.

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NEW stats released this month by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) suggested a major new trend in aesthetic procedures – more and more women are opting for surgery on their body, instead of their face and head. Some media outlets even announced the ‘death’ of the facelift, with a 44 per cent decline in some procedures. But the situation isn’t quite as simple as that. Because where facelifts might be tailing off, it’s my view that there’s another huge surgical ‘lift’ trend already waiting in the wings to take over. And if the explosion in interest I’ve seen at

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Watch this short from CBeebies about how the Zodiac years were named by the Jade Emperor.

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Organ-on-chip technology has entered a new level as scientists at Imperial College London have become the first in the world to test how pathogens interact with artificial human organs. Artificial human organs, or organ-on-chip technology, simulate a whole organ’s cell make up and physiology. They act as alternatives to animal models in drug safety testing, but until now they have not been used to test how infectious diseases interact with the organs. Now, researchers from Imperial are using this technology to determine how pathogens interact with artificial organs. They hope it will help us to better understand the resulting disease and

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As a health campaigner, it comes as no surprise to me that a major new study published in the BMJ showing that ultra processed foods – any involving an industrial procedure – are driving up the rates of cancer. In our book, The Pioppi diet: A 21-Day Lifestyle Plan, Donal O’ Neill and I dedicate a whole chapter to processed foods and the dangers that they pose to human health. The population of Pioppi in the south of Italy, who live the longest in good health in the world, rarely eat processed food at all, relying instead on home-baked and

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