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Gene therapy for rare eye disease set to be offered on NHS

Gene therapy for rare eye disease set to be offered on NHS

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Patients with a rare inherited eye disorder are set to be able to access a new gene therapy on the NHS which slows down sight loss.Draft NICE guidance recommends the therapy (Luxturna) to treat inherited retinal dystrophies. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence estimates just under 90 people in England will be eligible for the treatment.Drug company Novartis agreed a discount for the NHS on the £613,410 price. Without the deal, the therapy, voretigene neparvovec, would have breached the regulator's budget impact test.'Breakthrough therapy'Inherited retinal dystrophies cause the gradual degeneration of the light-sensitive cells on the retina. They are usually diagnosed in childhood.The condition causes a loss of vision which ultimately lea
Lyme disease: Older white women ‘at highest risk’

Lyme disease: Older white women ‘at highest risk’

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Older women are at most risk of contracting Lyme disease, a study suggests - and parts of southern and south-west England are "hotspots".There are around 3,000 cases of the disease - a bacterial infection carried by ticks - each year in the UK. But experts say everyone should become aware of the characteristic bulls-eye rash and flu-like symptoms.More than 2,300 hospital patients with the condition were analysed between 1998 and 2015.Of all the cases identified in the BMC Public Health study, 60% were women or girls.On the upNew cases peaked between six and 10 years old and between 61 and 65.Almost all the 1,877 patients who gave information were white.Cases overall have gone up - from 0.08 per 100,000 in 1998 to 0.53 per 100,000...
Ovarian cancer drug olaparib ‘can delay disease in newly diagnosed’

Ovarian cancer drug olaparib ‘can delay disease in newly diagnosed’

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A drug for advanced ovarian cancer has been approved for use in newly diagnosed patients in England, after a trial showed it could delay progression of the disease for three years.Up to 600 women with a hereditary type of the disease could benefit each year.Health bosses said olaparib had the potential to make "a huge impact", giving a better chance of survival.Most cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed late, when there are few treatment options.Olaparib is for women with advanced ovarian, fallopian-tube or peritoneal cancer who have a specific gene mutation - Brca - inherited from parents, which increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Gene targetAbout five to 15 out of every 100 women with ovarian cancer have this faulty gene but there are conce...
Subclinical heart disease may cause more falls in older people

Subclinical heart disease may cause more falls in older people

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July 10 (UPI) -- Heart damage in older adults may be leading to more falls, new research shows. Adults around age 75 with subclinical myocardial damage and cardiac wall strain are at a higher risk of falling than those without those conditions, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. These findings suggest increasing heart health could prevent their falls from occurring within the older population. "Given that falls can often be fatal for older adults, greater knowledge of the factors that contribute to falls represents a significant public health priority," Stephen Juraschek, a primary care physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and study lead author, said in a news release. "For the first time, our study shows that subclini...