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Treatment for finger-bending disease may be ‘gamechanger’

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Researchers have hailed a breakthrough in the treatment of a common, incurable disease that causes hand deformities by bending the fingers firmly into the palm. A clinical trial at Oxford and Edinburgh Universities fo...

Alzheimer’s study finds 42 more genes linked to higher risk of disease

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The largest genetic study of Alzheimer’s to date has provided compelling evidence linking the disease to disruption in the brain’s immune system. The study, using the genomes of 100,000 people with Alzheimer’s and 600...

Long naps may be early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, study shows

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Taking long naps could be a precursor of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study that tracked the daytime sleeping habits of elderly people. The findings could help resolve the conflicting results of the effects of ...

Judge says autistic teenage boy with rare kidney disease can seek transplant

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A family have spoken of their joy after a judge ruled that an autistic teenage boy with a rare kidney disease should be allowed a transplant, against the judgment of doctors. William Verden, 17, is being kept alive by...

The Guardian view on ghost flights: a symptom, not the disease

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Between March 2020 and September 2021, airlines flew 15,000 near-empty or empty planes – “ghost flights” – from UK airports to keep hold of their landing and takeoff slots. This absurd and shameful behaviour in the fa...

Twenty minutes of daily exercise may cut heart disease risk in over-70s

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Twenty minutes of daily moderate to vigorous exercise for those over the age of 70 may help ward off heart disease and heart failure later in life, long-term research suggests. The findings, published in the journal H...

I shared details of my brother’s degenerative disease without his consent

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My dad died two years ago, exposing a sea of secrets and lies. He’d had a degenerative condition, but was totally in denial – and while it was a known excuse for his moods and lack of interest in his family, he did li...

NHS pilots genetic testing to predict risk of heart disease

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A world-first pilot of predictive genetic testing aiming to identify those at high risk of cardiovascular disease is under way in GP surgeries in the north of England. The NHS pilot, called Heart, is offering genetic ...

Global heating could lead to an increase in kidney stone disease, study finds

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Rising temperatures due to the climate crisis will lead to a rise in people suffering from kidney stones – a painful medical condition exacerbated by heat and dehydration, according to a new study. Researchers used t...

New treatment may save eyesight of children with ‘devastating’ Batten disease

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Eight children born with a “devastating” genetic disease in England have become the first in the world to receive a “pioneering” treatment aimed at stopping them from going blind. Doctors at Great Ormond Street hospit...

Global spread of autoimmune disease blamed on western diet

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More and more people around the world are suffering because their immune systems can no longer tell the difference between healthy cells and invading micro-organisms. Disease defences that once protected them are inst...

Microplastics may be linked to inflammatory bowel disease, study finds

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People with inflammatory bowel disease have 50% more microplastics in their faeces, a study has revealed. Previous research has shown that microplastics can cause intestinal inflammation and other gut problems in labo...

Viagra could be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, study finds

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Viagra could be a useful treatment against Alzheimer’s disease, according to a US study. Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of age-related dementia, affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Despite mou...

Casey Harrell: the climate activist taking on Wall Street – and the muscle-wasting disease that’s killing him

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Two months into the pandemic, Casey Harrell was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The 43-year-old climate activist started noticing symptoms in 2019, shortly after the b...

Sleep at 10pm linked to lower risk of heart disease, study finds

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When it comes to sleep, Goldilocks may have argued the trick is to find a bed that is “just right” but research suggests there may also be an optimal time to nod off – at least when it comes to heart health. Not too e...

Bobby & Amy review – gripping drama about foot-and-mouth disease

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The new BBC Two documentary Blair and Brown: The New Labour Revolution features the prime minister’s first re-election on 7 June 2001. An historical oddity is that Blair was never meant to win then. Polling had been s...

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