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Researchers find HIV medication could treat MS

Drugs used to treat HIV could potentially be used to treat multiple sclerosis in the future.

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London found that people with a HIV infection have a significantly lower risk of developing the debilitating condition. They said that chronic dampening down of the immune system as a result of HIV or the antiretroviral drugs used to treat it could be the reason behind the lowered risk.

Charity the MS Society said that while much more research is needed into the subject, the study shows that that antiretrovirals could be a potential future option for treatment for MS.

Rainham residents warned to shut windows due to fire


Van thief 'may get rid' of blood and urine samples

Anyone who gave blood at Croydon University Hospital could also be impacted by the theft.

I am sorry to announce that a vehicle used for collecting pathology samples from local GP surgeries for testing at St Helier Hospital was stolen yesterday.

Although we are deeply disappointed that someone would choose to steal the van and its contents, our absolute concern at the moment is making sure any impact on patients is as minimal as possible.

There is a possibility that the thief or thieves may try to get rid of the samples.

I would urge the public, as the samples include blood tests, to please not handle anything they might find and contact the police immediately.

Police are investigating.

– Dr James Marsh, Epsom and St Helier Hospitals

Van containing blood and urine samples taken from GP surgery

A van has been stolen from a GP surgery in south London containing up to 300 samples of blood.The vehicle, which also contained urine samples, microbiology swabs and smears, was taken yesterday lunchtime.

Faccini House Surgery in Morden Credit: Google Street View

Medics say anyone who gave a blood sample on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Faccini House Surgery in Morden, south west London, or at another nine surgeries in the area could be affected.

Hammersmith Hospital A&E closure expected to go ahead

The Hammersmith Hospital Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Protesters are expected to gather ahead of a meeting at Hammersmith Hospital, where it is expected that plans to close the A&E will be rubberstamped.

Other proposals expected to be given the final go-ahead include plans to close Central Middlesex A&E and demolish Charing Cross Hospital.


London Ambulance service was 'too busy' to respond immediately

We were called at 5.31pm to Uxbridge Road.

From the information received, it was established that the patient was conscious, but unfortunately because we were very busy we were not able to send an ambulance immediately.

We did dispatch crews at two different times, but they were then redirected to other patients who were reported to be more seriously ill or injured.

We arrived at the scene just before 8.30pm and the patient was taken to hospital.

– London Ambulance Service

The woman's condition is unknown.

Woman waits three hours for an ambulance after collapsing in the street

A woman who collapsed in a street in west London waited more than three hours for an ambulance. She was found by an off-duty police officer slumped in a doorway in Uxbridge Road, Hanwell at 5.15pm on Sunday evening.

Police at the scene in West London Credit: ITV News

The officer alerted colleagues who called for an ambulance. It finally arrived at 8.30pm.

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