Phil Newby, 49, from Rutland, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2014 A terminally ill motor neurone disease sufferer today lost his High Court challenge over the 'blanket ban' on assisted dying. Phil Newby, 49, from Rutland in the East Midlands, was diagnosed with MND in 2014 and is no longer able to walk or use his hands and lower arms. The married father of two had brought legal action against the Government over the law, which makes it a criminal offence for anyone to help another person end their life. Mr Newby's case was that judges should thoroughly examine a large amount of expert evidence - including from countries where assisted dying is legal - before deciding whether the law is incompatible with his human rights. But, refusing permission this afternoon for his case to go ahead, Lord Justice Irwin and Mrs Justice May said the court is 'not an appropriate forum for the discussion of the sanctity of life'. Mr Newby said: 'The High Court's decision not to … [Read more...] about Former CEO father-of-two, 48, with terminal motor neurone disease LOSES right to be helped to die at UK home after High Court judges uphold government’s ‘blanket ban’ on assisted dying
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A new gene therapy for the rare disease, spinal muscular atrophy, will be the most expensive in the world at up to $5 million, after it gets the anticipated Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval this month. Novartis's drug, Zolgensma, is only the second drug in the world to treat the rare muscle wasting disease, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and its eye-watering price outstrips its predecessor, Spinraza, which costs $750,000 for the first dose. Before the debut of Biogen's Spinraza, there was no cure or even treatment available for the debilitating and often deadly disease. But there's a dark side to these advancements, especially in gene therapies. With desperate families of pediatric patients and neither competition nor regulation to keep drug companies from hiking their prices, pharmaceutical companies like Biogen and Novartis can be wild with their price tags. Currently the two are locked in a marketing battle - and the outcome could … [Read more...] about FDA poised to approve $5 MILLION gene therapy to treat muscular atrophy – making it the most expensive drug on the planet
Omega-3 supplements could be just as effective as drugs for some children with ADHD, a study suggests. Researchers found fish oil helped youngsters with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to focus, if they were deficient in the nutrient. However, it did not help and even had the opposite effect in children who already had healthy or high levels of omega-3, which is most commonly got from fish. Scientists said their trial laid a path for 'nutritional interventions' but that parents should always check with a doctor first. Hundreds of thousands of children in the UK and around six million in the US are believed to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and struggle to concentrate as a result. Omega-3 supplements were able to reduce the severity of children's ADHD symptoms if they were naturally low in the fatty acids (stock image) King's College London researchers trialled omega-3 supplements on 92 children with ADHD between the ages of six and 18 in … [Read more...] about Fish oil supplements could be ‘as good as drugs’ for treating ADHD in children with omega-3 deficiency ‘because the pills help youngsters focus’
Usually, facial trauma doesn’t kill you, but it can cause significant disfigurement. Working as a surgeon in Glasgow in the early 2000s, Christine Goodall treated hundreds, if not thousands, of patients with injuries to the neck, face, head and jaw. Sometimes, the injuries were caused by a baseball bat, with shattered bones and bruising as bad as from a car accident. More often than not, it was a knife. A slash across the forehead or cheek, leaving a scar etched across the face; a machete wound to the jaw, slicing through the skin and breaking the bone underneath. One young man came into the hospital in the middle of the night with a knife wound across his face. Goodall dreaded the morning ward round the next day, when she would have to tell him that it would be impossible to avoid a serious scar. But his reaction surprised her. “He was very offhand about it,” she says. “Some of his friends came to see him later that afternoon and I realised why it wasn’t … [Read more...] about Should we treat crime as something to be cured rather than punished?
A HUNTER who killed and ate a wild rabbit in China has been hit by the deadly bubonic plague. The 55-year-old is the third Beijing resident to contract the medieval disease dubbed the Black Death, say officials. Health bosses said that 28 people in close contact with the hunter were initially quarantined to stop it being transmitted further. The man told doctors he ate the rabbit meat in Inner Mongolia on November 5. He was admitted to hospital on Saturday, where he has been given several types of antibiotics to fight the disease, while being kept in isolation. Inner Mongolia health authority reported its third case of bubonic plague on Sunday after two other plague cases were revealed last week.It's the most common form of plague globally and can spread to lungs and cause the more severe pneumonic plague. The confirmation comes despite an earlier declaration by China's health chiefs that the risk of an outbreak of the killer disease was minimal. SCORES QUARANTINED The first two … [Read more...] about Hunter diagnosed with bubonic plague after eating a rabbit making him third Beijing local to contract medieval disease