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World first birth from frozen ovary tissue, public health groups call for tobacco firm levy

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines

Hundreds of patients who underwent chemotherapy in childhood may have a new chance at motherhood after the world’s first birth by a young woman whose fertility was restored through re-grafting ovarian tissue, removed when she was 13.

The Telegraph hailed the ‘medical landmark’ from the team in Belgium, who said it could allow patients treated for leukaemia, sickle cell disease and sarcomas to have a family in future.

Dr Isabelle Demeestere, a gynaecologist at Erasme Hospital in Brussels said in the journal Human Reproduction today: ‘The patient’s ovary continues to function normally and her doctors say there is no reason why she could not have more babies if she wants to.’

The Government should impose a new levy on tobacco firms to help subsidise the public health costs and prevent young people taking up smoking, the Guardian reports.

It says 120 public health organisations have united to launch a new strategy against smoking, hoping to reduce the percentage of smokers in the UK from 18% to 5% by 2035.

Professor Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians, said: ‘The new Government has an opportunity to make a real difference by accepting and implementing the recommendations of today’s report] Smoking Still Kills, which has overwhelming support from health and medical organisations, and local authorities.’

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