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Report recommends social care packages are means-tested

A long-awaited report into the challenges facing social care in NI has recommended that care packages in the home should be means-tested. At the moment they are provided free-of-charge. There are 16 proposals including creating a “valued” and “professional” workforce by paying employees the living wage. The report also said …

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'Ground-breaking' new drug gives hope on Huntingdon's disease

LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists have for the first time fixed a protein defect that causes Huntingdon’s disease by injecting a drug from Ionis Pharmaceuticals into the spine, offering new hope for patients with the devastating genetic disease. The success in the early-stage clinical trial has prompted Roche to exercise its …

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Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease

The defect that causes the neurodegenerative disease Huntington’s has been corrected in patients for the first time, the BBC has learned. An experimental drug, injected into spinal fluid, safely lowered levels of toxic proteins in the brain. The research team, at University College London, say there is now hope the …

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How giraffes helped Poppy Campbell find her voice

A girl who barely said a word for the first four years of her life is now a “little chatterbox”. Poppy Campbell, six, from Inverness, was silenced by a combination of selective mutism and speech dyspraxia. She said her first sentence when she was three-and-a-half when she thanked staff at …

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Indonesia races to contain diphtheria outbreak ahead of 2018 Asian Games

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Health authorities in Jakarta kicked off a special immunization program on Monday to rein in an “extraordinary” outbreak of diphtheria that has sparked concerns about the Indonesian capital’s readiness to host the Asian Games next June. Diphtheria cases have spiked 42 percent since last year, health officials …

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GSK's new pharma head on lookout for cancer deals to boost pipeline

LONDON (Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline will scout for deal opportunities in cancer medicine, as well as immunology, as the drugmaker seeks to rebuild its presence in oncology, its new head of pharmaceuticals told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The GlaxoSmithKline building is pictured in Hounslow, west London June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor/File Photo …

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Baby loss

Silent taboos around stillbirth and miscarriage are the focus of an exhibition exploring how parents and medics deal with early-life baby loss. Remembering Baby is inspired by research and aims to show the “hidden side” of when a baby dies. It features memory boxes, notes from bereaved parents to their …

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Organ donation: Views sought on new approach

People in Northern Ireland are being asked to have their say on a new approach to organ donation. The Department of Health has launched a consultation on a draft policy designed to get families talking about donations. Transplant surgeon Dr Tim Brown said he hoped it would become “normal to …

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Roche: Tecentriq cocktail slows kidney cancer progression

ZURICH (Reuters) – Combining Roche’s Tecentriq immunotherapy with its older drug Avastin reduced the risk of disease worsening or death (PFS) for the initial treatment of advanced kidney cancer in some patients, the Swiss drugmaker said on Monday FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside …

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Merck raises stakes in lung cancer as rivals close in

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Merck & Co Inc, maker of the only immunotherapy approved for patients newly-diagnosed with the most common type of lung cancer, could solidify its lead by playing the long game, even as rivals edge closer. Shares of Merck have fallen 10 percent since the drugmaker several …