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Scientists close to a cure for sickle cell anaemia

A new cure for sickle cell anaemia could be on the way following a breakthrough in CRISPR technology

2.5 million Europeans die from hospital infections every year

Infections acquired while in hospital cause more disability and premature death than we previously thought, say scientists.

Rural upbringing protects against asthma and allergies

Children born in in the countryside often have fewer allergies and asthma than kids born in cities, shows new research.

New cure for rare childhood diseases enters final phase of trials

If trials prove successful, a cure for previously untreatable rare childhood diseases will follow.

Diabetics could live eight years longer with special treatments

There is light on the horizon for some type 2 diabetic patients, shows new research. Patients lived significantly longer when following an intensive form of treatment that tackles a broad range of symptoms.

Scientists find possible cause for Alzheimer's

New results suggest a potential cause of Alzheimer’s, which could one day lead to early detection and treatment of this debilitating disease.

Diabetes epidemic threatens Greenland

GREENLAND: Type-2 diabetes barely existed in Greenland 50 years ago. But today the health system is struggling to control an emerging epidemic.

Scientists want to collect your DNA when you die

It will take 10 years to gather genetic information on half a million dead people. But is it ethical? And how will they do it?

Tick sequencing may eradicate Lyme disease

Scientists have mapped the tick genome. They now hope to eradicate the animal that infects humans with deadly Lyme disease.

Breakthrough for depression, schizophrenia, and high blood pressure

Scientists have mapped the enzyme that transforms dopamine into noradrenaline. The discovery may lead to better treatment options for diseases such as depression, schizophrenia, and high blood pressure.