Blood donation rules relaxed for gay men and sex workers

Blood donation rules relaxed for gay men and sex workers

Blood donation rules for sex workers and gay men are being relaxed in England and Scotland after improvements in the accuracy of testing procedures. Men who have sex with men can now give blood three months after their last sexual activity instead of 12. And sex workers, who were previously barred from donating, now can, subject to the same three-month rule. Experts said the move would give more people the opportunity to donate blood without…

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Lessons must be learned in tainted blood inquiry, say campaigners

Lessons must be learned in tainted blood inquiry, say campaigners

The UK inquiry into contaminated blood products must establish lessons that improve public safety, campaigners in Scotland have said. Thousands of NHS patients were given blood products from abroad that were infected with hepatitis C and HIV in the 1970s and 80s. Prime Minister Theresa May ordered an inquiry into the scandal on Tuesday. But Haemophilia Scotland said there were still questions about how the UK-wide inquiry would be carried out. The prime minister has…

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True Blood star died from alcohol withdrawal complications

True Blood star died from alcohol withdrawal complications

Actor Nelsan Ellis’s family has spoken about the actor’s death on Saturday, in an effort to help other people who suffer from addiction. The True Blood star died after years of suffering from drug and alcohol abuse. In a statement, his family said Ellis, 39, was ashamed of his addiction and did not want to talk about it. But they added: “His family, however, believes that in death he would want his life to serve…

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Contaminated blood scandal inquiry announced

Contaminated blood scandal inquiry announced

A UK-wide inquiry will be held into the contaminated blood scandal that left at least 2,400 people dead, the prime minister has confirmed. A spokesman for Theresa May said it would establish the causes of the “appalling injustice” that took place in the 1970s and 1980s. Thousands of NHS patients were given blood products from abroad that were infected with hepatitis C and HIV. It’s been called the worst treatment disaster in the history of…

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True Blood star Nelsan Ellis dies aged 39

True Blood star Nelsan Ellis dies aged 39

US actor Nelsan Ellis, who starred in the popular HBO series True Blood, has died aged 39, his manager confirmed. Ellis, best known for playing the flamboyant Lafayette Reynolds in the horror-drama series, died after complications from heart failure. “He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed,” his manager Emily Gerson Saines told the Hollywood Reporter. Ellis appeared in True Blood from 2008 until the series ended in 2014….

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Prostate cancer blood test 'helps target treatment'

Prostate cancer blood test 'helps target treatment'

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…

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Royal Blood on broken ribs, roller coasters and their 'delicate sound'

Royal Blood on broken ribs, roller coasters and their 'delicate sound'

Media playback is unsupported on your device “Check this out,” says Royal Blood’s frontman, Mike Kerr, pulling up his t-shirt to reveal a throbbing purple bruise. “I think,” he says, “I’ve cracked my rib.” Kerr sustained his injury “falling off the drum riser” in Brighton during the band’s first show in 18 months, the night before our interview – but he’s surprisingly blasé about it. “I had enough whiskey to fall asleep,” he grins, “and…

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Prostate cancer: Blood test could help target treatment

Prostate cancer: Blood test could help target treatment

A blood test has been developed that could help target treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer. Cancer researchers in Europe analysed blood from 265 men with the disease. They found those with multiple copies of a particular gene did not respond to abiraterone and enzalutamide – drugs commonly used to treat advanced cases. More trials are needed but the team hope the test could prevent thousands of men undergoing unnecessary treatment and allow more…

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