O'Mahony to lead Lions in first Test – see the full line-up

O'Mahony to lead Lions in first Test – see the full line-up

New Zealand v British and Irish Lions Venue: Eden Park, Auckland Date: Saturday, 24 June Kick-off: 08:35 BST Coverage: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app Flanker Peter O’Mahony will captain the British and Irish Lions in the first Test against New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday. Wales flanker Sam Warburton, appointed as tour captain by head coach Warren Gatland, has been named on the replacements’ bench at Eden Park. England fly-half…

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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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Call for drug test services at all UK festivals and clubs after successful pilot

Call for drug test services at all UK festivals and clubs after successful pilot

There’s a call for UK festivals to provide drug-testing services, in an attempt to reduce deaths. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) says stronger ecstasy in the UK is resulting in “serious health harm”. They want festival-goers to be able to test their drugs on site to make sure they aren’t carrying dangerous substances. Testing was piloted at Secret Garden Party and Kendal Calling festivals in 2016. Freddie Fellowes, the founder of Secret Garden…

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Frozen 'space sperm' passes fertility test

Frozen 'space sperm' passes fertility test

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) say 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,…

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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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Test may spot glaucoma before symptoms begin, study says

Test may spot glaucoma before symptoms begin, study says

It might be possible to treat the main cause of permanent blindness before people notice any loss of vision, say University College London researchers. They have developed a new kind of eye exam that might spot glaucoma a decade before symptoms appear. It uses a fluorescent dye that sticks to the cells in the retina that are about to die. But it has been tested on just 16 people in safety trials and far more…

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'Exciting' blood test spots cancer a year early

'Exciting' blood test spots cancer a year early

Doctors have spotted cancer coming back up to a year before normal scans in an “exciting” discovery. The UK team was able to scour the blood for signs of cancer while it was just a tiny cluster of cells invisible to X-ray or CT scans. It should allow doctors to hit the tumour earlier and increase the chances of a cure. They also have new ideas for drugs after finding how unstable DNA fuels rampant…

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North Korea 'will test missiles weekly', senior official tells BBC

North Korea 'will test missiles weekly', senior official tells BBC

Media playback is unsupported on your device North Korea will continue to test missiles, a senior official has told the BBC in Pyongyang, despite international condemnation and growing military tensions with the US. “We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis,” Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol told the BBC’s John Sudworth. He said that an “all-out war” would result if the US took military action. Earlier, US Vice-President Mike Pence warned…

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