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Devon research helps in fight against MND

Researchers from Plymouth University have helped identify a potential breakthrough in the fight against motor neurone disease.

A chemical found in some fruits, vegetables and herbs could reduce the symptoms of the disease in children. The plant pigment might be able to be used to help prevent some nerve damage.

Researchers at Plymouth University have identified a breakthrough in the fight against motor neurone disease. Credit: PA

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MP backs terminally-ill man's 'guinea-pig' plan

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP (Con, The Cotswolds) is lending his support to a man with a terminal illness who is offering to act as a 'human guinea pig' for new treatments.

Speaking to our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine, Mr Clifton-Brown says he wants a world with 'treatable, not terminal' illnesses.

Les Halpin from Gloucestershire who has the terminal illness Motor Neurone Disease is offering to test new drugs which might help find a cure - or at least a more effective treatment. He has started a petition and set up a charity to try to speed up the licensing process, which can take years.

Man offers to be human 'guinea pig' to help others

Les Halpin was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease two years ago Credit: ITV News West Country

A man from Gloucestershire who has the terminal illness Motor Neurone Disease is offering to test new drugs which might help find a cure, or at least a more effective treatment.

Les Halpin says he's prepared to act a human guinea pig if it'll help medical research. He's started a petition and set up a charity to try to speed up the licensing process, which can take years.