Man dies after taking ‘potent’ MDMA drug in Oldham

Jun 26, 2017 1

A man has died and four others are in a critical condition after taking a “particularly potent” form of the drug MDMA, Greater Manchester Police said. Ten people were admitted to hospital after taking the drug over the weekend, with four remaining in intensive care. Police said the drugs were known locally as “magic” or “pink champagne” and come in crystal form. A 26-year-old man, held on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs, has been released while inquiries continue.  One of those admitted, a 26-year-old man from Rochdale, is died.  Four men are currently in a critical condition and receiving treatment in intensive care.  Three people received treatment and have been discharged from hospital.  He said: “We are doing all that we can to warn people against taking the drug and help those who may have taken it.  “So please, if you believe that you or somebody you know has taken the drug and begins showing symptoms then get yourselves to the hospital immediately.” He said symptoms to watch for... ...

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Ex-Archbishop Lord Carey resigns after child abuse review

Jun 26, 2017 0

The former Archbishop of Canterbury has resigned from his last formal role in the church after a review into historical child sex abuse. Lord Carey was criticised in an independent review of the church’s handling of abuse carried out by Bishop Peter Ball, 85, who was jailed in 2015.  Dame Moira Gibb’s review revealed he had failed to pass information on Ball to the police back in 1992. Justin Welby, current Archbishop of Canterbury, asked for his resignation.Lord Carey had been given a role as an honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of Oxford, a position given to many retired bishops. Ball, former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester, was jailed for two years and eight months in October 2015, after admitting sex offences against 18 teenagers and young men between the 1970s and 1990s. The Bishop of Oxford, the Right Reverend Dr Steven Croft, said: “I have met with Lord Carey following the Archbishop’s letter to him.  “In light of Dame Moira Gibb’s review into the Peter Ball case, Lord... ...

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Prostate cancer blood test ‘helps target treatment’

Jun 19, 2017 0

Scientists have developed a blood test that could pick out which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from a new drug treatment. The test detects cancer DNA in the blood, helping doctors check whether precision drugs are working. Cancer Research UK said the test could “greatly improve survival”. But larger studies involving more men needed to take place to confirm if doctors could rely on the test, the charity said. Blood samples from 49 men with advanced prostate cancer were collected by researchers, as part of the phase II clinical trial of a drug called olaparib. This type of precision drug is seen as the future of cancer medicine but because it is a targeted treatment, the drug does not work for everyone. Researchers from The Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust said the test could help target treatment better and also reduce its side effects. They used it to identify men who were not responding to the treatment in four to eight weeks... ...

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Prostate cancer treatment ‘could help more patients

Jun 4, 2017 0

One of the largest clinical trials for prostate cancer has given “powerful results”, say UK researchers. A drug for treating prostate cancer that has spread was found to save lives when offered earlier, a study found. The trial looked at abiraterone as an additional treatment in patients with prostate cancer who were about to start long-term hormone therapy.Abiraterone improved survival, according to results published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Prof Nicholas James, from the University of Birmingham, who led the research, said: “These are the most powerful results I’ve seen from a prostate cancer trial – it’s a once-in-a-career feeling.  ...

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Frozen ‘space sperm’ passes fertility test

May 23, 2017 0

Healthy baby mice have been born using freeze-dried sperm stored in the near-weightless environment of space. The Japanese team behind the gravity-breaking experiment on the International Space Station (ISS) says it shows that transporting the seeds of life away from Earth is feasible.  Sperm banks could even be made on the Moon as a back-up for Earth disasters, they told a leading science journal. It is unclear if this will ever help humans populate space, however.  Sustaining life in space is challenging to say the least.  On the ISS, radiation is more than 100 times higher than on Earth. The average daily dose of 0.5mSv from the cosmic rays is enough to damage the DNA code inside living cells, including sperm.  Microgravity also does strange things to sperm.  ...

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Stem cell therapy restores sexual function in impotent men

Mar 27, 2017 0

Stem cell therapy can restore sufficient erectile function to allow previously impotent men to have spontaneous intercourse, show results of an early clinical trial. “What we have done establishes that this technique can lead to men recovering a spontaneous erection — in other words, without the use of other medicines, injections, or implants,” said lead researcher Martha Haahr from Odense University Hospital in Denmark.  Results presented at the European Association of Urology conference in London showed that eight out of 21 participants in the study successfully regained sexual function. ...

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Smartphone device tests male fertility with 98% accuracy

Mar 26, 2017 0

A new smartphone-based device that can measure semen quality and determine men’s level of fertility with 98% accuracy has been developed by scientists, says a new study. The sperm analyser consisting of an optical attachment that can connect to a smartphone and a disposable device onto which a semen sample can be loaded is being built by researchers, including those from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the US. ...

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