Four-in-one pill prevents third of heart problems

The drug combination has huge potential and would cost just “pennies a day”, say the researchers.
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Fish oil pills ‘no benefit’ for type 2 diabetes

People with type 2 diabetes “should not be encouraged” to take omega-3, researchers say.
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New drug for people who can bleed uncontrollably

NHS England is funding a new treatment for patients with severe haemophilia A.
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More schoolchildren ‘rejecting cigarettes’

The proportion of surveyed pupils who have ever smoked tobacco drops to a record low of 16%.
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Boris Johnson orders action to stop measles spread

A fall in uptake of the MMR vaccine means the UK has lost its measles-free status.
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Patients who cannot eat food ‘fear for lives’

Problems making “liquid nutrition” have led to a national emergency, the NHS says.
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Candida auris: The new superbug on the block

The fungus was only discovered 10 years ago, but is now a problem in hospitals across the world.
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Women take legal action over breast implant cancer link

Twenty UK women are taking legal action over a rare type of breast implant-related cancer.
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Dental surgeons urge England’s schools to go sugar-free

They say tackling tooth decay – which affects a quarter of five-year-olds – is a priority.
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Stop cuts to adult social care, petition urges

More than 1.4 million over-65s in England lack vital support, campaigners say.
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Deaths by suicide and drugs highest among Generation X

People born in the 1960s and 70s stand out as the generation most likely to die by suicide or drug poisoning, data shows.
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Cystic fibrosis drugs rejected for use by NHS in Scotland

The two drugs, Orkambi and Symkevi, had been described as “life-changing” by campaigners.
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Marina Wheeler urges women to take smear tests

Boris Johnson’s estranged wife, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in May, says she is “cancer-free”.
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HRT: UK faces shortage for menopausal women

Many of the most commonly prescribed forms of hormone replacement therapy are out of stock in pharmacies.
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Asthma deaths: ‘My son collapsed like a flick of a switch’

Nearly 13,000 people in England and Wales have died from asthma attacks since 2009, figures show.
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‘Lack of evidence’ holding back cannabis medicines

An official NHS review says the health service should support studies to get better quality evidence.
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NHS pensions row: Ministers act amid waiting list rise

Overhaul plan comes after the rules were linked to a waiting list rise – and is backed by doctors’ union.
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Edinburgh Children’s Hospital will cost a further £90m

The lifetime price tag of the new hospital is set to top £500m after the extra costs were revealed by Audit Scotland.
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20 NHS building projects given green light

New wards, intensive care units and diagnostic centres will be built, says new PM.
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Boris Johnson announces £1.8bn one-off cash boost for NHS hospitals

But critics warn it won’t be enough to clear the £6bn backlog of repairs needed to England’s hospitals.
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Millions paid out for unused Sick Children’s Hospital in Edinburgh

NHS Lothian has started repayments on the Edinburgh building, which is subject to indefinite delays.
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Alzheimer’s blood test ‘one step closer’

This will help speed up dementia research and the search for a drug treatment, experts say.
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Kidney condition detected in minutes by app

Staff who have used the technology for acute kidney injury describe it as a “potential lifesaver”.
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Surgeon warns of ‘life-changing’ water park and diving dangers

A moment of madness on holiday can result in major injuries and paralysis, a spine expert warns.
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England failing to tackle alcohol ‘epidemic’, say researchers

People with alcohol problems in England are less than half as likely to receive the right help as those in Scotland and Wales, research suggests.
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Drug-resistant superbug spreading in Europe’s hospitals

Scientists are “extremely concerned” by a bacterium resistant to antibiotics of last resort.
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Early MS scans ‘can predict long-term prognosis’

Research shows that MRI scans at a person’s first diagnosis could inform patients’ treatment choices.
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‘Pack children’s medicines in your hand luggage’

A study suggests that airlines do not carry adequate supply of cures for youngsters on board their flights.
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Ovarian cancer drug olaparib ‘can delay disease in newly diagnosed’

Up to 600 women with a hereditary, advanced form of the cancer could benefit each year in England.
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Parents ‘missing out on new baby health visits’

This increases the risk of mental health issues going unnoticed, charity NSPCC says.
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Essex strep A outbreak deaths rise to 13

The invasive Group A streptococcal bacterium has infected 35 people across Essex.
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Pledge to end smoking in England by 2030

The ambition is part of a range of measures to tackle the causes of preventable ill health.
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Women ‘should be warned’ of breast implant illness

One woman says she experienced severe pain, tiredness, hair loss and allergies because of the condition.
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Transgender treatment: Puberty blockers study under investigation

Early findings of patients reporting thoughts of self-harm warranted investigation, Newsnight finds.
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Medical chief calls for global health effort

Countries must work together to tackle global health risks, England’s outgoing chief medical officer warns.
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Gut bacteria may have motor neurone disease role

Finding could lead to the first treatment for the devastating disease.
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‘I used to scream: For God’s sake, just eat!’

One family on their struggle to find support after their daughter was diagnosed with anorexia.
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Ebola in DR Congo: Fear and mistrust stalk battle to halt outbreak

A snapshot from Butembo in DR Congo – one of the frontlines in the fight against the deadly virus.
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Excluded from school: How boxing helps teenagers with ADHD

Excluded from mainstream school, these teenagers explain how boxing helps them channel their ADHD.
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What can be done about Scotland’s drugs crisis?

Experts back five ways of trying to halt Scotland’s rising toll of drug-related deaths.
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Luton house transformed to help parents of sick children

The former 1930s council house will support 420 families a year and has five bedrooms.
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Menstrual cups ‘as reliable as tampons’

Scientific review shows they are as leakproof as other sanitary products, say researchers.
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UTI home-testing app to help women trialled by NHS

The app guides users through a urine test and allows the results to be analysed online by a pharmacist.
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Wolverhampton hospital’s ‘regret’ over new mum’s death

The trust running Wolverhampton’s New Cross says lessons have been learned to better manage sepsis.
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Measles outbreak: Loddon head teacher makes immunisation plea

Loddon head teacher Jim Adams writes to parents after three pupils contract the disease.
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NHS boss: Tax bills could mean ‘loss of 60 doctors’

Doctors’ refusal to work overtime is the issue, its chief executive warns.
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Plant-based milks on the rise: A quarter of Britons are drinking them

Whether it’s almond, soy or coconut it seems cow’s milk is being ditched for alternatives.
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Music ‘calms nerves before surgery’ as well as sedative

The “world’s most relaxing song” could be just as good at calming patients’ nerves, a study suggests.
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Children with gender identity issues ‘need help from all sides’

Referrals to NHS gender identity clinics have more than tripled in the past five years.
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Child mental health unit referrals ‘up nearly 50%’

The figures, which are across the UK, are ‘deeply worrying’, say the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
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Parents of sick and premature babies should get more leave – PM

Theresa May says “it’s not fair” parents have to return to work before their baby leaves hospital.
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Skin cancer risk ‘not just from holiday sun’

Cancer Research warns people in the UK to protect their skin at home and not only when they are away.
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DR Congo Ebola outbreak declared global health emergency

The rare declaration comes after Ebola killed more than 1,600 people in the DR Congo.
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Tafida Raqeeb: Parents bid to get daughter treated in Italy

Doctors treating Tafida Raqeeb in the UK have said it is in her best interests to be allowed to die.
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Anorexia stems from body as well as mind – study

The eating disorder charity Beat said the findings were groundbreaking.
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Babies ‘don’t need tongue-tie surgery to feed’

Babies with tongue-ties rarely need surgery to help them feed, a US study suggests.
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Good gut bacteria ‘helps starving children’

A diet of bananas and peanuts boosted key gut microbes in Bangladeshi children, a study found.
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Ministers may advise on how much sleep people need

The advice is expected to form part of a series of proposals aimed at improving public health.
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Emerade adrenaline pens: Warning over faulty allergy injectors

Some Emerade pens have blocked needles so patients are advised to carry a spare one at all times.
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More patients ‘struggling to reach GP on phone’

Half of patients in some areas are finding it difficult to get through to book appointments and get help.
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Amazon Alexa offering NHS health advice

The voice-assisted device will give official NHS advice, but critics fear a “data protection disaster”.
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‘Amazing’ gene-silencing drugs reach NHS

Doctors say the drugs are making the “previously untreatable, treatable” and have huge potential.
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NHS waiting lists surge due to pensions row

Some areas face 50% longer waiting lists as doctors say they cannot afford to work extra shifts.
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UK plans £3m no-deal medicine transport

The deadline of 1 September set for the deal is a “tight” timeframe, experts have warned.
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Bladder cancer ‘attacked and killed by common cold virus’

A small UK study found promising signs of a kinder, less invasive treatment for the disease.
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‘Rewiring nerves’ reverses hand and arm paralysis

“It’s made a huge difference in my life,” says one patient who can now live independently.
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Sepsis: How good are hospitals at treating ‘hidden killer’?

One in four patients waiting longer than one hour for vital antibiotic treatment, figures suggest.
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Obesity ’causes more cases of some cancers than smoking’

Some common cancers are now more likely to be caused by obesity than tobacco, a charity is warning.
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Leg fat ‘better than belly fat’ for older women

Carrying fat on legs protects postmenopausal women from heart disease, a study suggests.
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Warning of NHS Wales dentist crisis

Only one in six practices are taking on new adult NHS patients, the British Dental Association says.
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Lesbian women cervical screening myth is ‘dangerous’

Women who have sex with women can still get HPV during sex, and should be tested, say health experts.
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Prescription drugs ‘contributed to Theresa Feehan’s death’

Theresa Feehan died with toxic levels of prescription drugs in her body two days after a GP visit.
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Hopes raised of cervical cancer eradication

The success of the HPV vaccination offers the hope of ending cervical cancer, say scientists.
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Child obesity drive ‘stalled by Brexit’

Slow progress is being made on junk food advertising restrictions and calories labelling, it is claimed.
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Residents in care homes ‘missing out on dental care’

Inspectors warn care homes and the NHS to do more to look after the teeth of vulnerable residents.
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Power and endurance training ‘key to all-round fitness’

Blend of strength and endurance training makes team sport players the fittest of all, a study finds.
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Dwarfism drug aims to boost healthy growth

Nine-year-old Sam is taking part in a trial of a new drug researchers hope can boost healthy bone growth.
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‘Living drug’ offers hope to terminal blood cancer patients

Doctors say some lymphoma patients are being completely cured in a way “never been seen before”.
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Long working hours ‘linked to stroke risk’

Working long hours is linked to an increased risk of stroke, researchers say.
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Vaccines: Low trust in vaccination ‘a global crisis’

The biggest global study into attitudes on immunisation reveals confidence is low in some regions.
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Lives ‘destroyed by NHS eating disorder failures’

As more than a million people struggle with illnesses such as anorexia, two reports say more must be done.
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Listeria outbreak: More affected hospitals named

Eight hospitals have reported cases of listeria linked to sandwiches and salads eaten by patients.
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Listeria outbreak: Health secretary orders NHS food review

It comes as two more patients die in an outbreak linked to hospital sandwiches and salads.
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End-of-life care not ‘culturally competent’

A study hopes to boost the small number of black and Asian people using end-of-life care services.
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Deadly Ebola outbreak ‘not global threat’

But World Health Organization says it is an emergency in the Democratic Republic of Congo and needs more funding.
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The worst places for cancer care waits revealed

Nearly three-quarters of services are failing the 62-day target. But which service has the worst record?
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New Ebola outbreak in DRC is ‘truly frightening’, says Wellcome Trust director

The head of a major medical charity says the spread of Ebola in the DRC shows no signs of stopping.
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DR Congo Ebola outbreak: Child in Uganda diagnosed with virus

A five-year-old boy is the first case confirmed in Uganda, after outbreak kills hundreds in DR Congo.
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Prostate cancer screening scan hope

Researchers are investigating if men could benefit from a one-off scan to check their risk of prostate cancer.
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Trump visit: Could US companies run NHS services after Brexit?

Several US companies are already involved in small ways in the health service.
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Domestic abuse survivors ‘more at risk of serious mental illness’

Opportunities are being missed to detect abuse and support vulnerable women, researchers say.
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Hospital patients die in sandwich listeria outbreak

Three deaths in hospitals in Manchester and Liverpool are linked to pre-packed sandwiches.
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Are we more constipated than we think?

A study found doctors and the public disagree over the symptoms, leaving some people undiagnosed.
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‘Alarming rise in self-harm – but only half get care’

Only about half of those who self-harm have access to treatment, research suggests.
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Baby gene experiment ‘foolish and dangerous’

Twin girls had their DNA altered to protect against HIV – but their mutation may increase the risk of an early death.
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‘Life is wonderful’ being pain-free after 40 years

Alison Cameron had a successful nerve stimulation implant after injections and operations failed.
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Journalist ‘no-platformed’ by GPs over Enoch Powell tweet

Julia Hartley-Brewer’s invitation to speak at a conference was rescinded after doctors complained.
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GM fungus rapidly kills 99% of malaria mosquitoes, study suggests

A fungus has been genetically modified with spider venom to kill the mosquitoes that spread malaria.
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Chief medical officer considers recommending tax on unhealthy food

A tax on baby food, pizzas and cakes could subsidise fruit and vegetables, England’s chief medical officer says.
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Transgender no longer recognised as ‘disorder’ by WHO

The World Health Organization has amended its classification of transgender health issues.
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Fertility paradox in male beauty quest

Men paradoxically damage their ability to have children during efforts to make themselves look more attractive.
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NHS bans sale of energy drinks to under-16s in Scottish hospitals

Shops in Scotland’s hospitals will not be allowed to sell high-energy drinks to anyone under 16.
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Menopause: what are the symptoms and why does it happen?

Changes in hormones can have big effects on the body and how we behave.
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Mumps – is it the forgotten disease?

Hippocrates described the classic signs centuries ago, so what else do we know about the ancient illness?
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Whorlton Hall: Ten arrested over abuse allegations

Ten workers are held over the alleged mistreatment of hospital patients following a BBC investigation.
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Whorlton Hall: Hospital abuse missed despite at least 100 official visits

Inspectors, council staff and NHS officials went in twice week on average in the year before Panorama expose.
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Hospital ‘abused’ vulnerable adults in Durham

Undercover BBC filming shows staff swearing, mocking and taunting patients with learning disabilities.
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‘Broken’ care system for most vulnerable

Patients with mental health problems, autism and learning disabilities are being let down, a report says.
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Heart scan ‘could pick up signs of sudden death risk’

Researchers used detailed images of the heart to look for signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
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Nicki Chapman praised for sharing tumour diagnosis

Nicki Chapman will not host the Chelsea Flower Show following surgery to remove a brain tumour.
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Electrotherapy warning over bogus psychiatrist Zholia Alemi

Scotland’s chief medic says Zholia Alemi may have prescribed ECT and wrongly detained mental health patients.
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Spina bifida: Keyhole surgery repairs baby spine in womb

Doctors say the surgery could be the difference between some children learning to walk or not.
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Ultra-processed foods ‘make you eat more’

The first trial of ultra-processed foods suggests they lead people to eat more and put on weight.
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Severe pregnancy sickness: ‘I thought I was dying’

Hannah is one of 5,000 UK women to share their experience of extreme pregnancy sickness with BBC News.
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Mental health spending varies widely across England

Campaigners warn services will be affected as some areas of England spend much less than others.
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Body image concerns ‘making people suicidal’

Mental health experts say the issue is too often overlooked but is causing people real distress.
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Hormone ‘can reduce some women’s chances of miscarriage’

Giving progesterone could to some women with early bleeding could save babies’ lives, research suggests.
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MPs call for ‘life-changing’ Kuvan to be made affordable

MPs from various parties write to the US biotech firm behind Kuvan, a drug the NHS says is too expensive.
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Charcoal toothpastes ‘don’t whiten teeth’

Dentists say the products risk tooth decay and damage to the enamel from abrasive brushing.
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We both now have hope – MS sisters

NHS backing of a new treatment for the disease means Zoe Bowman may get help just as her sister has.
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Phage therapy: ‘Viral cocktail saved my daughter’s life’

Isabelle was told she had less than a 1% chance of survival before the experimental therapy.
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Social media effect ‘tiny’ in teenagers, large study finds

Family, friends and school life all have a greater impact on life satisfaction, researchers say.
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Waste collection costs double after firm’s collapse

The collapse of the firm responsible for collecting NHS clinical and human waste in Scotland has sent costs soaring.
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False allegations of fabricated illness ‘ripped family apart’

Calls grow for inquiry into accusations that families are inventing children’s illnesses.
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Minister considers ‘all options’ to boost vaccine uptake

Health Secretary says he will “consider all options” to boost child immunisation uptake in England.
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Universities inspired to spot students with mental health concerns

The father of a student who took his life at university has helped set up a scheme to support students.
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Dementia: The greatest health challenge of our time

Someone is diagnosed every three seconds with dementia – one of the world’s top killers. Is there any hope?
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Has Leeds cracked the obesity problem?

The city is being lauded for success in reducing the waistlines of young children. Should others follow its lead?
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New type of dementia identified

Experts say the dementia discovery – the most important for years – could help find new, effective treatments.
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Social care: Homeowners urged to pay £30,000 towards care by downsizing

People who can afford it should pay up to £30,000 by downsizing or releasing equity, report says.
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Opioid painkillers ‘must carry prominent warnings’

The health secretary announces a plan to tackle a dramatic rise in the use of addictive prescription drugs.
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Cosmetic procedures: Firms warned over ‘duty of care’

Too many providers are “operating as a law unto themselves”, England’s top doctor says.
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Syndrome without a name: The boy who baffles doctors

Working out what makes Charlie Parkes ill is like fitting together “little pieces of a puzzle”, his mum says.
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Measles: ‘My baby’s eyes were swollen shut’

Jilly Moss’s daughter Alba spent eight days in a London hospital after contracting the viral illness.
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‘Exhilarating’ implant turns thoughts to speech

The technology could eventually help those who have lost their voice to speak again.
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Campaign to tackle ‘botched’ cosmetic procedures

The use of self-injected dermal and lip fillers is rising, along with dangerous cosmetic surgery.
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Parkinson’s results beyond researchers’ wildest dreams

Previously housebound patients are now able to walk more freely as a result of electrical stimulation to their spines. Researchers say the small trial of the treatment has gone ‘beyond their wildest dreams’.
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The profoundly deaf girl who found her voice after brain surgery

Leia was born profoundly deaf but pioneering surgery and therapy has enabled her to hear sounds.
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Targeted checks ‘prevent one-in-10 heart attacks’

Around 5,000 heart attacks and strokes a year could be prevented by personalising heart health checks.
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Sore knee? Maybe you have a fabella

A little bone scientists thought was being lost to evolution seems to be making a comeback, say experts.
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People with learning disabilities ‘trapped’ in hospitals as target missed

More than 2,200 people with learning disabilities are still being treated in hospitals, figures show.
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Pig brains partially revived four hours after death

The study could aid medical research and fuel debate about the difference between life and death.
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Statins ‘don’t work well for one in two people’

Fresh research questions the merit of the cholesterol-lowering pills taken by millions of Britons.
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Spina bifida womb op baby back home in Essex

Two-week-old Elouise Simpson is home after “foetal repair” surgery following a spina bifida diagnosis.
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More GP appointments available due to success of pilot scheme

Time For Care saved the equivalent of 1.23m GP appointments last year and is now being expanded.
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Gene-silencing: ‘New class’ of medicine reverses disease porphyria

Gene silencing drugs spared patients from the crippling pain caused by porphyria, in a clinical trial.
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Ebola outbreak ‘not global emergency yet’

World Health Organization says Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo will become an emergency without more support.
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Web therapy ‘calmed my irritable bowels’

People with irritable bowel syndrome could have fewer symptoms after web-based therapy, research suggests.
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‘Dismantling cancer’ reveals weak spots

Research has thrown up 600 new cancer vulnerabilities and each could be the target of a drug.
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Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba: Struck-off doctor can return to work

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence after Jack Adcock’s death.
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Precise brain stimulation boosts memory

People in their seventies were given the working memory of someone in their twenties, say scientists.
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Pembrokeshire girl, 10, dies waiting for lung transplant

Belle Curran won numerous bravery awards as she battled with rare Interstitial Lung Disease.
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Chemotherapy doses review after 14 NHS Tayside patients die

An independent doctor will look at cases after NHS Tayside gave lower chemotherapy doses than elsewhere in Scotland.
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Even one drink a day increases stroke risk, study finds

This goes against previous claims that moderate drinking might protect the heart, researchers say.
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The diets cutting one in five lives short every year

Israelis are some of the world’s healthiest eaters, Uzbekistanis some of the least healthy, a report says.
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Sexism, bullying and the NHS

Female doctors complain of sexism and crude behaviour as the GMC warns of a culture of bullying and rudeness.
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