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CONTENTS Issue #760
Radio Review: Thinking Allowed - 'New' Biological Relatives and Kinship
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Podcast: Risk Management - Breast Cancer, Business and Patents
30 June 2014 - by James Brooks
Does the pharmaceutical and biotech industry's profit motive actually pervert rather than inspire innovation and the hunt for new therapies? Is the patent system well suited to a new life sciences landscape including stem cell and gene therapies?... [Read More]
Patient organisations challenge process for accessing orphan and ultra orphan medicines in Wales
30 June 2014 - by Emma Hughes
In Wales, the subject of access to medicines has recently been in the spotlight. We are calling on the National Assembly to review the use of the 'exceptionality' rule in determining whether a patient can access a treatment through the IPFR process... [Read More]
Computer program diagnoses genetic disorders from family photos
30 June 2014 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
Genetic disorders are often so rare that patients never receive a genetic, or even a clinical, diagnosis. Now an everyday photo may be all that's needed, using a newly developed computer program to analyse facial structures... [Read More]
Racehorse-tested stem cell therapy to be used against Achilles tendon condition
30 June 2014 - by Dr Lucy Spain
A stem cell therapy that is highly successful at keeping race horses in the fast lane is to be trialled in humans for the treatment of Achilles tendinopathy... [Read More]
Second IVF company to be floated sees share prices grow
30 June 2014 - by Ayesha Ahmad
An Australian fertility company has seen the price of its shares rise on the first day of its public listing on the stock market.... [Read More]
Cystic fibrosis drug double-up does well in trial
30 June 2014 - by Isobel Steer
A combination of two gene-targeting drugs significantly increases the lung function of cystic fibrosis patients, a clinical trial shows.... [Read More]
Test for genetic switches could predict breast cancer risk
30 June 2014 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
A simple blood test that can predict the likelihood of developing non-inherited breast cancer could be developed, following research into the epigenetics of the disease... [Read More]
Older mothers live longer, says study
30 June 2014 - by David O'Rourke
A recent study has shown that mothers who have children at the age of 33 or after are twice as likely to live longer than women who stop childbearing by the age of 29.... [Read More]
Age of sperm donors does not affect IVF success
30 June 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
The age of sperm donors has no impact on the chances of having a baby via IVF and donor insemination, a study has found... [Read More]
Radio Review: Thinking Allowed - 'New' Biological Relatives and Kinship
30 June 2014 - by Ari Haque
Surprisingly, the theme of kinship is not explored in detail during this show. Instead, the speakers skirt around the topic and set the scene without going any further... [Read More]

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