Organ donor law change named after Max and Keira

  • 26 February 2019
  • From the section Health
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Media caption"She's a hero" - Max, his parents and Keira's parents tell the story that gave the legislation its name

Plans to change the rules on organ donation consent in England have cleared the final hurdle in Parliament.

The legislation will be known as Max and Keira's Law after a boy who received a heart transplant and the girl who donated it.

Under the new system, which comes into effect next year, consent will be presumed unless people have opted out.

Currently, there is a voluntary opt-in scheme. Presumed consent has been operating in Wales since December 2015.

Organ donation consent rates in Wales are now the highest in the UK at 75%.

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Gene therapy first to 'halt' most common cause of blindness

  • 18 February 2019
  • From the section Health
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Image caption Janet Osborne hopes to continue gardening if her sight loss is halted

A woman from Oxford has become the first person in the world to have gene therapy to try to halt the most common form of blindness in the Western world.

Surgeons injected a synthetic gene into the back of Janet Osborne's eye in a bid to prevent more cells from dying.

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First child given pioneering CAR-T cancer therapy

  • 31 January 2019
  • From the section Health
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Image caption Yuvan, 11, with parents, Vinay and Sapna

An 11-year-old has become the first NHS patient to receive a therapy that uses the body's own cells to fight cancer.

Yuvan Thakkar, who has a form of leukaemia, was given the personalised treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), in London, after conventional cancer treatments failed.

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'Virtual tumour' new way to see cancer

  • 26 December 2018
  • From the section Health
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Image caption An avatar of a scientist exploring a 3D tumour in a virtual reality laboratory

Scientists in Cambridge have built a virtual reality (VR) 3D model of cancer, providing a new way to look at the disease.

The tumour sample, taken from a patient, can be studied in detail and from all angles, with each individual cell mapped.

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'I feel cheated' - right to die campaigner

  • 8 December 2018
  • From the section Health
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Image caption Noel Conway is dependent on a ventilator to help him breathe

Noel Conway says "a medieval mindset" has prevented him having the right to control when he dies.

The retired lecturer from Shropshire, who is terminally ill with motor neurone disease, was refused permission by the Supreme Court last week to challenge the law on assisted dying.

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Faster diagnosis from 'transformational' gene project

  • 5 December 2018
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Image caption Hana's daughter was diagnosed with a treatable metabolic disorder caused by an inherited genetic error

Scientists in Cambridge have completed the world's largest gene sequencing project in healthcare - which brings hope of better understanding of diseases and faster diagnosis. 

People with rare diseases, their family members and cancer patients took part.

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Lab-grown oesophagus implanted in mice

  • 16 October 2018
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Image caption The lab-engineered oesophagus was capable of wave-like muscle contractions

Scientists in London have grown a bio-engineered oesophagus which was successfully implanted into mice.

The work, published in Nature Communications, was led by scientists at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH), Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and the Francis Crick Institute.

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'More cures, fewer side-effects' with pioneering radiotherapy machine

  • 24 September 2018
  • From the section Health
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The first patient in the UK has been treated with a pioneering new radiotherapy machine.

The MR Linac simultaneously scans tumours inside the body while delivering X-ray radiation beams.

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New Versius robot surgery system coming to NHS

  • 3 September 2018
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Image caption The Versius robot is designed and built in Cambridge

A British company has unveiled a new robotic surgery system, which is expected to operate on patients for the first time next year.

The Versius robot, designed and built in Cambridge, is a rival to the American da Vinci system, which is used in more than 70 hospitals in the UK.

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Artificial intelligence 'did not miss a single urgent case'

  • 13 August 2018
  • From the section Health
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Image caption Elaine Manna had her sight saved at Moorfields Eye hospital in London

Artificial intelligence can diagnose eye disease as accurately as some leading experts, research suggests.

A study by Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and the Google company DeepMind found that a machine could learn to read complex eye scans and detect more than 50 eye conditions.

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