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Medical miracles and shocking shortages – this week’s Friday Five

Ebola may soon be a “preventable and treatable” disease An Ebola drugs trial in the Democratic Republic of Congo has identified two new drugs that have a 90% survival rate when used in combination. The drugs, named REGN-EB3 and mAb114, work by attacking the Ebola virus with antibodies, neutralising its impact on human cells. The…

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Appetite, apps and abstinence – this week’s Friday Five

New app detects killer kidney condition in minutes The technology firm, DeepMind has developed a new mobile phone app known as Streams, which sends blood test results directly to front-line clinicians in the form of easy-to-read results and graphs. The app was trialled at London’s Royal Free Hospital and was described as a “potential lifesaver”,…

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It’s all change at Downing Street in this week’s Friday Five

PM BoJo turns the heat up on health and social care Yesterday our new prime minister, Boris Johnson delivered his first speech. As part of this, there notable mentions for the NHS and social care. During the week there have been several predictions made about BoJo’s biggest health and social care challenges, as he replaces…

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Mental, physical and contagious diseases dominate the headlines

Cheap flights blamed for massive rise in skin cancer rates New research has shown that rates of the skin cancer, melanoma, have risen by 45% over the course of a decade. Melanoma is the fifth most common cause of cancer in the UK and is often caused by repeated and unprotected skin exposure to UV…