Terminally ill man Noel Conway in right-to-die fight

  • 17 July 2017
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The High Court has begun hearing the legal challenge of a terminally ill UK man who wants the right to die.

Noel Conway, who is 67 and has motor neurone disease, wants a doctor to be allowed to prescribe a lethal dose when his health deteriorates further.

He said he wanted to say goodbye to loved ones "at the right time, not to be in a zombie-like condition suffering both physically and psychologically".

Any doctor who helped him to die would face up to 14 years in prison.

Mr Conway was too weak to attend the court in person.

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What the brain's wiring looks like

  • 3 July 2017
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The world's most detailed scan of the brain's internal wiring has been produced by scientists at Cardiff University.

The MRI machine reveals the fibres which carry all the brain's thought processes.

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How lack of sleep affects the brain

  • 26 June 2017
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Scientists in Canada have launched what is set to become the world's largest study of the effects of lack of sleep on the brain.

A team, at Western University, Ontario, want people from all over the world to sign up online to do cognitive tests.

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Smoke alarms 'fail to wake children'

  • 23 February 2017
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Forensic scientists and fire investigators have warned that smoke alarms may not wake children.

Research by Dundee University and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue found that of 34 children tested, 27 repeatedly slept through smoke detector alarms.

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Child gene study identifies new developmental disorders

  • 25 January 2017
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A major genetic study has identified 14 new childhood developmental disorders.

Scientists sequenced the genes of thousands of children from across the UK and Ireland with rare, undiagnosed conditions.

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World's smallest MRI helps tiny babies

  • 23 January 2017
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Image caption This is one of only two purpose-built neonatal MRI machines in the world

Doctors in Sheffield are pioneering the use of a compact MRI scanner for imaging the brains of premature babies.

The machine, at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, is one of only two purpose-built neonatal MRI scanners in the world.

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'I fear being entombed in my body' - suicide legal challenge

  • 6 January 2017
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Media captionNoel Conway: "I fear I will reach a stage where I am entombed in my own body"

A terminally ill man has begun a legal fight for the right to die.

Noel Conway, who's 67 and has motor neurone disease (MND), says he fears becoming "entombed" in his body as his muscles gradually weaken.

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Woman has baby using ovary frozen in childhood

  • 14 December 2016
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A woman has given birth in London after doctors restored her fertility using frozen ovarian tissue removed when she was a young child.

The 24-year-old is thought to be the first in the world to have a baby after having an ovary frozen before the onset of puberty.

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Doctors use deep-brain ultrasound therapy to treat tremors

  • 9 December 2016
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Doctors in London have used sound waves to successfully operate deep inside the brain.

They treated a man from Cornwall who suffered from uncontrollable tremors in his right hand.

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Hopes for new Alzheimer's drug dashed

  • 23 November 2016
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Image caption Loss of tissue in a demented brain compared with a healthy one

A major trial of a drug to treat mild dementia due to Alzheimer's disease has ended in failure.

Patients on solanezumab did not show any slowing in cognitive decline compared to those treated with a placebo, or dummy drug.

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