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    First two-drug HIV treatment regimen gets US FDA approval

    For the first time, a two-drug HIV treatment regimen was been given the US FDA's seal of approval on Tuesday. The therapy, called Juluca, is one of a growing number of treatment options designed to reduce the number of drugs - and therefore side effects - that people living with HIV need to take in order to suppress the virus. Juluca is a fixed-dose tablet that combines two previously approved drugs, and is available to patients who have been on another stable treatment regimen for at least six months.The therapy is the first out of three rival two-drug treatments to receive FDA ...

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    Heart failure kills more Britons than four most common cancers: Unhealthy lifestyles leads to a surge in cases over the past decade

    Unhealthy lifestyles are fuelling a surge in heart failure cases.More of us are now developing the deadly condition than getting the four commonest forms of cancer, a major study shows.There were 190,798 new cases of heart failure in the UK in 2014 – up 12 per cent in a decade. This is higher than the combined number of bowel, breast, lung and prostate cancer cases – 189,140 in 2014.Heart failure affects at least 900,000 adults in the UK and another 900,000 are at very high risk as their hearts have previously been damaged. Obesity and unhealthy lifestyles in general have ...

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    Researcher deliberately injected Americans with a herpes virus for experimental vaccine now backed by Peter Thiel, report claims

    A professor allegedly gave eight American herpes patients multiple injections of a live herpes virus in an illegal trial of his vaccine for the sexually transmitted disease.Two people who received the injections from Dr William Halford in a Holiday Inn in 2013 told Kaiser Health News that they have recently developed side effects, and fear the live virus in the 'vaccine' has given them a different strain of herpes.Dr Halford, who died of cancer earlier this year, fled the US and continued developing his drug in the Caribbean in 2016. A company owned by Peter Thiel reportedly invested millions of ...

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    Conjoined twins attached at the FOREHEAD are set to be separated -despite a risk of one or both dying during the operation

    Conjoined twins attached at the forehead have undergone tests to begin the process of separating them – despite the risk of them dying during the operation.Joy and Joyce Magsino, 10, from the Philippines, were born with angular frontal partial craniopagus. Their family are desperate for them to lead normal lives and are prepared to take the risk of losing one or both of them.They were told they needed £75,000 to pay for the life-changing surgery but father Patrick Magsino, 30, and mother Jomarie stood no  chance of raising the funds on their own.Their parents said at the time of their birth ...

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    Self-harm has surged among teen girls 'due to cyberbullying and smart phones', CDC report declares

    There has been a surge in teenage girls' self-harm in recent years, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Rates of self-inflicted injuries were relatively stable from 2001 until 2008 in the US, but since 2009, 5.7 percent more young people went to the emergency room for such injuries each year.Hospital visits for self-harm have remained relatively stable for men between 10 and 24, but young women are intentionally hurting themselves more than ever.The number of girls hospitalized each year for self-harm has climbed by nearly 20 percent each consecutive year since 2009, a staggering rise ...

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    NHS was forced to pay an extra £34 million for a common thyroid pill after a pharmaceutical giant abused its position as the drug's only supplier and hiked prices by 6,000%

    The NHS has been forced to pay an extra £34 million for a common thyroid pill after a pharmaceutical giant abused its position as the drug's only supplier, it has emerged today.  Pharma company Concordia, which manufacturers liothyronine tablets and deny any wrongdoing, increased the drug's price per pack by nearly 6,000 per cent from £4.46 last decade to £258.19.Andrea Coscelli, chief executive of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), said: 'Pharmaceutical companies which abuse their position and overcharge for drugs are forcing the NHS - and the UK taxpayer - to pay over the odds for important medical treatments.'We allege ...

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    Ask the pharmacist: What's the difference between an ointment, lotion and cream?

    As part of a weekly series, in association with LloydsPharmacy, Anshu Bhimbat from LloydsPharmacy in Buckinghamshire answers your common medicine queries... Anshu Bhimbat, from LloydsPharmacy in Buckinghamshire, gives expert adviceQ: What's the difference between an ointment, lotion and cream?All are formulations that you put on the skin and all contain a mixture of oil and water.However, each has a slightly different composition; ointments contain a higher proportion of oil and are greasy compared with lotions, which have more water and are very light on the skin, and creams, which are somewhere in between the two.Ointments can leave marks on clothes ...

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    Can eating peas and peanuts really lead to brain fog? Warning that protein contained in some vegetables and whole grains could have damaging effects on our health

    Vegetables and whole grains have long been seen as the key to good health. But could some of these actually be doing us harm?That’s the claim made by U.S. heart surgeon, Dr Stephen Gundry, in his book, The Plant Paradox. He says some plants not only use thorns to deter predators, they have other defences too: large, sticky proteins called lectins.‘Because plants’ first predators were insects, some developed lectins that would paralyse any bug that tried to dine on them,’ says Dr Gundry. He claims that as humans have more cells than insects it is only after years of consuming ...

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    ASK THE DOCTOR: Can insomnia due to my menopause cause dementia? DR MARTIN SCURR answers readers' health questions

    I have had insomnia for years, which I put down to the menopause. Now I’ve come across research that suggests interrupted sleep in middle-age increases the risk of Alzheimer’s. What should I do? I am 62.Lindsay Evett, Aslockton, Notts.You are correct — insomnia can be a feature of the menopause in some women.More common symptoms include night sweats, fatigue and anxiety. These are all due to the decline in oestrogen levels seen at menopause.In terms of your concern that sleep deprivation increases the risk of subsequent dementia, this appears to be what we call an association, rather than a causal ...

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    What IS the daily minimum of fruit and veg? We lay it out after CDC data revealed 290 MILLION Americans struggle to eat this many nutrients in a day

    More than 290 million Americans do not eat the minimum amount of fruit and vegetables each day, according to CDC data published last week.That means the vast majority struggle to fit two pieces of fruit and three cups of vegetables - equivalent to one large salad - into their daily diet.   Those in rural areas, particularly in Appalachia, eat the least. In West Virginia, just six percent eat enough vegetables and seven percent eat enough fruit. Despite the boom in 'clean eating', federal health authorities warn this health craze is confined to the wealthy urban elite who have access to fresh produce ...

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    Trans teen describes the war with his body which started when he was just 10 - as he nervously embarks on transition surgery

    Theo Ramos learned how to cut himself when he was in fifth grade, when his body seemed to revolt.Exploring online was easy, with hashtags like #scars, #hurt and #brokeninside.Nothing made sense back then, but Theo absorbed what he saw on websites like a religion. All he could focus on was how the exterior he was born with — that of a girl — didn't look or feel right. That was six years ago, when he had another name and a different gender.Back then, Theo felt that his body was rebelling in disturbing ways. He developed breasts and got his period. ...

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    Breastmilk DOES protect babies against food allergies - especially if their mothers ate eggs, peanuts and shellfish during pregnancy, study says

    Breastfeeding women who ate eggs, peanuts and shellfish during pregnancy will protect their babies against allergy, a major study shows.Experiments found mice that consumed allergy-triggering foods like eggs and peanuts passed on protective antibodies to their offspring through nursing.While many studies have suggested this could be the case, this research by Boston Children's Hospital offers the clearest evidence that breast milk can prevent allergies. The study also shows how a 'biological mechanism' could strengthen tolerance to certain foods, paving the way to new allergy treatments for at-risk infants made from purified antibodies. Breast IS best: Many studies have suggested this could ...

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    Father-of-four has been dubbed the 'elephant man' because of his massive legs that weigh TWO STONE each and is forced to beg on the streets

    A father-of-four man is forced to beg on the streets as he is unable to work because he has huge legs that weigh just over two stones each.Muhammad Saleem, is known as the 'elephant man' in Karachi in Pakistan where he has been begging for the last 17 years.The 53-year-old suffers from hereditary lymphedema which has caused both of his legs to balloon.His feet have grown to a gigantic 23cm in circumference and his toes are 18cm.Because of the enormous weight and size of his legs, Muhammad is almost completely immobile.He cannot stand for more than a couple of minutes and his ...

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    Men have a higher sex drive, better erections and orgasms after getting a vasectomy because the stress of pregnancy has been removed, study shows

    Men have more sex after getting a vasectomy, a new study has shown.They were three times more likely to experience an increase in frequency after getting a snip than have a decrease.Four out of ten of those surveyed said their sex lives had 'significantly improved'.This could be because removing the stress of potentially getting their partner pregnant makes men feel more relaxed, experts say. This makes their love lives more spontaneous.Men who had vasectomies also said they had higher sex drives, better erections and orgasms and were more satisfied. Just over 12% of the men surveyed had sex more often ...

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    The £40 smart plaster that spots sepsis SIX hours early: Gadget to be fast-tracked into hospitals after trials show it could boost survival rates

    A smart plaster that detects the early signs of sepsis is to be fast-tracked into NHS hospitals.Trials of the Respira Sense device show it can identify a deteriorating patient an average of six hours earlier than current methods, significantly boosting survival chances.NHS England bosses yesterday announced they had earmarked the gadget for rapid adoption as part of the Health Service’s innovation accelerator programme.The £40 sensor is placed on the chest of very sick patients to monitor their breathing as soon as they arrive in hospital. The technology – which can be worn for eight days at a time – tracks ...

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