Touching Lives - March 2012 | Action Medical Research

Touching Lives - March 2012

This issue of Touching Lives is our first during our 60th anniversary year. We hope you enjoy it!

It contains updates on our research and activities, as well as ideas of how you can help make the year extra special. You can read about our history and successes on page 12, plus we've also set up a dedicated page on this website so can you see what we’re doing to mark the occasion, or turn to page 7 for our handy hints.

On pages 4-6 you can read about Cieran, who became seriously ill as a baby after contracting meningitis B. Fortunately, Cieran survived and his twin brother Connor escaped infection. But the Cieran who returned home from hospital was a very different little boy – profoundly deaf with very little speech, epilepsy and cerebral palsy.

Cieran’s story reminds us of the need for further research into serious illnesses and infections like meningitis B. On pages 8-11 you can read about some of the projects we have been funding, such as those helping to predict premature birth and stem cell research that could help babies with a life-threatening bowel condition.

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