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King's College London - Health: More than a medical matter


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Chemotherapy patient challenges NHS fertility preservation funding refusal

14 April 2014 - by Cait McDonagh
A Crohn's disease patient is challenging a decision to refuse her funding for her eggs to be cryopreserved before she undergoes a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy... [Read More]

DNA ages faster in disadvantaged boys

14 April 2014 - by Chris Baldacci
Children from poor backgrounds who have an unstable family life have shorter telomeres - the tips of chromosomes that prevent damage - according to a small study... [Read More]

Gene manipulation achieves organ regeneration in live mice for first time

14 April 2014 - by Dr Lucy Freem
Turning on a single gene can regenerate the thymus in elderly mice, causing the immune system organ to double in size and make more white blood cells... [Read More]

Gene test can predict prostate cancer recurrence

14 April 2014 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
A genetic test has been developed to predict the likelihood of prostate cancer returning after treatment. The test looks for 'genetic signatures' often found in recurring cancers... [Read More]

Italian court lifts ban on donated sperm and eggs in fertility treatment

14 April 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
Italy's constitutional court has lifted a ban on the use of donor sperm and eggs for assisted conception, saying it was 'unconstitutional'... [Read More]

Proposal to ban embryo research 'misguided', says scientific community

14 April 2014 - by Ari Haque
Several organisations within the scientific community have condemned a recent proposal brought to the European Parliament that seeks to ban funding for embryo research... [Read More]

Public apology from stem cell scientist accused of misconduct

14 April 2014 - by Greg Ball
Dr Haruko Obokata, the lead author of two controversial stem cell papers that reported discovery of so-called STAP cells, has apologised for errors in her work... [Read More]

The London lab growing body parts using patients' stem cells

14 April 2014 - by Nicola Davis
A lab in London where scientists grow human noses and windpipes has opened its doors to the press... [Read More]

Fertility drugs may not increase breast cancer risk

07 April 2014 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
Fertility drugs used to stimulate ovulation did not increase the chances of breast cancer for most women in a long-term study of around 10,000 women in the USA... [Read More]

Fetal brain gene blueprint scoured for autism clues

07 April 2014 - by Dr Naqash Raja
A map showing where different genes are turned on and off in the fetal human brain has been published in the hope it will give important clues about the origins of disorders... [Read More]

HFEA and HTA announce new Chairs

07 April 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Human Tissue Authority have both announced new appointments as their Chair.... [Read More]

Investigation finds misconduct in acid bath stem cell research

07 April 2014 - by Greg Ball
An investigation has found that the lead author of the widely reported 'breakthrough' stem cell papers is guilty of misconduct... [Read More]

Men who smoked before teens may father fatter sons

07 April 2014 - by Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
Smoking before puberty may lead to men fathering fatter sons, suggesting that lifestyle factors can have adverse impacts on the next generation, a study has found... [Read More]

New genome sequencing recommendation enables patients to opt out of genetic disease testing

07 April 2014 - by Rebecca Carr
The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) has updated its position on the return of results from genome sequencing to allow patients to opt out from receiving incidental information.... [Read More]

Obesity linked to genetic variation in carbohydrate digestion

07 April 2014 - by James Brooks
Obesity might not simply be a matter of overeating or heightened appetite but at least partially down to how we metabolise food, a study says... [Read More]

BRCA1 cancer study suggests alternative to major surgery

31 March 2014 - by Dr Sarah Spain
BRCA1 mutations put carriers at high risk of cancer by failing to protect cells against the effects of high levels of oestrogen hormone found in breast and ovary tissue, researchers have established... [Read More]

Embryonic stem cell production breakthrough achieved in mice

31 March 2014 - by Dr Lanay Tierney
A technique to generate mouse embryonic stem cells could, if repeated in human cells, improve access to stem cells by using fertilised eggs that would previously have been discarded... [Read More]

Epigenetic blood test for children 'predicts' obesity five years later

31 March 2014 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash
A DNA blood test for children aged five can help predict body fat levels when they are aged nine to 14, a small study suggests... [Read More]

Gene test could minimise low-IQ thyroid risk for thousands

31 March 2014 - by Linda Wijlaars
Children with a common gene variant and lower thyroid hormone levels are four times more likely to have a low IQ, researchers have discovered... [Read More]

Intended parents using surrogacy granted rights to leave and pay

31 March 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
Parents of children born through surrogacy arrangements will be entitled to paid leave, after new legislation is passed by the UK's Parliament... [Read More]

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