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layla richards

A pioneering genetic therapy has helped one year old child reverse life threatening cancer. Lalya Richards who was receiving treatment at Great Ormond Street. She had aggressive cancer leukaemia which was diagnosed as incurable only just 5 months ago. Designer cells were used by doctors to fight the cancer. The improvement in her health has been nothing short of a miracle. Her progress has been a major milestone in medical science through it is still too early to know if the Laya has been completely cured. Layla Richards was only 3 months old when she was formally diagnosed with the condition.

Just a few weeks ago, Doctors had confirmed that there was nothing more they could do. However, her parents refused to give up. Medical staff at Great Ormond street hospital along with Cellectis, a biotech company, gained permission to try a highly experimental therapy that had only previously been trailed on mice. The so called designer cells were the product of advance gene editing. The designer cells were designed purposely to seek out and eliminate the leukaemia cells. A 2nd bone marrow transplant was also required to help restore her fragile immune system. It really is a miracle as there is no trace of leukaemia in her body.


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preventing a stroke

A stroke can be a life-threatening medical condition that can occur with warning. A stoke can occur when the blood supply leading to the brain is prevented or cut off. The quicker you react to a person having a stroke, the greater chance there is of reducing the damage. We have provided 7 tips to preventing a stroke. A healthy lifestyle is certainly the best prevention and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol.

Reduce your Blood Pressure

Regular checks of your blood pressure are very import in preventing a stroke. Blood pressure can be increased through stress at work, poor diet, excessive smoking and drinking and generally not leading a healthy lifestyle. High blood pressure can put extra pressure on your arteries which can then cause them to burst and result a stroke occurring. Diabetes is also another factor that can damage arteries and increase the risk of a stroke.

Maintaining your Weight

Your BMI should be maintained at a healthy level for your weight and height. Generally it is recommended that you should not be higher that 10% of your ideal weight. Your BMI is a measurement of your body fat based on weight and height. There are different targets for men and women. Check your BMI here

Stop Smoking

Not smoking is without question the best prevention from strokes and heart and lung diseases. A smoker has the twice the risk of suffering from a heart attack than a person who does not smoke. Stopping smoking can be difficult at first but there is plenty of help available. Smoking is one of the biggest contributors to the risk of having a stroke.

Reducing Alcohol Intake

Reducing alcohol in take can also help to reduce the risk of having a stroke. Excessive consumption of alcohol can increase blood pressure.

Reducing Stress

Relaxing can be a great way to reduce stress. Getting plenty of exercise is also an important factor in reducing daily stress on your mind and body. Chronic stress may cause your blood pressure to rise which results in the body releasing hormones that can be damaging to blood vessels in the body. Relaxing can be a great way to reduce stress levels and prevent a possible stroke.

Sleep Well

Millions of people all over the world suffer from sleep problems so getting a good night sleep may not be that easy. There are many reasons why people do not sleep well, but eating healthy, getting a good night sleep is essential for the body to recuperate. Sleeping well is good prevention for most health problems.

Maintaining a Healthy Diet

Eating healthy will help prevent most health problems. There are lots of foods that have can help us maintain a health immune system as well as maintaining a healthy weight. Reducing fat, sugar and salt intake will help keep you healthier. Eating lots of fruit and vegetables can significantly improve your overall health. A healthy diet can reduce the risks of higher blood pressure and diabetes. A healthy diet that is rich in fibre and antioxidants can help prevent the risk of a stroke.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise is important for maintaining our health. Going to the gym, walking, regular exercise of any kind can help provide a healthy lifestyle and ward off potential health risks including a stroke.


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health conditions men

Health is important and unsurprising that men are less aware of health conditions than women. Men can develop various health conditions which can normally be associated to a poor healthy lifestyle. Smoking, drinking excessive alcohol and not exercising are all key factors. The following are health conditions all men should be aware of especially those over 40.

Mental Health

Mental health is a common occurrence amongst men and studies have recently shown that younger adults are suffering from mental illness. The pressures of everyday life can be a common reason.


Distance from family and friends, not being open and not participating in things you normally enjoy are all possible signs of mental health problems.

Oesophageal cancer

Oesophageal cancer is 3 times more common in men and especially common in people over 60. Key factors that contribute are drinking, smoking, obesity and not eating enough fruit.


Regular cases of heart burn and difficulty in swallowing can be common signs. Losing weight without explanation, chest pains and pressure on the chest.

Heart Health

Poor heart health is another common occurrence in men especially those unfit, overweight and under stress maybe from long hours at work. If this sounds like you, then you could be a prime candidate for heart related issues. Drinking plenty of water can help thin the blood and prevent blood from clotting. Exercise is also essential for a healthy lifestyle which will lower stress.


Pains in your chest and heavy breathing are key signs. Make sure you regularly check your blood pressure and cholesterol.

Liver Disease

From recent studies, men are much more likely to be diagnosed with liver disease. Obesity and alcohol are key reasons why more men are diagnosed than women.


Key symptoms of liver cancer include weight loss, swelling of the abdominal, chalky stools, swelling of the abdominal.

Lung Cancer

For men, 23% of all deaths from cancer in men are attributed to lung cancer. Smoking is the biggest cause. Eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables can help with maintaining a healthy diet.


Constant coughing, chest pains, weight loss, heavy breathing and coughing up blood are key symptoms.

Pancreatic Cancer

There is a 30% great risk of Men developing pancreatic cancer than women. This can be associated to more men smoking than women. Having a BMI over 30 can be a major contributor as well as higher intake of processed meats. Having diabetes and excessive alcohol in take are other key factors.


Abdominal pains, problems with bowls, weight loss and nausea are other key symptoms.