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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Menstrual cups ‘as reliable as tampons’

Scientific review shows they are as leakproof as other sanitary products, say researchers.
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Scotland has highest drug death rate in EU

The number of drug-related deaths in the country soared last year, and is now three times that of the UK as a whole.
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Dementia: Lifestyle changes that could lower your risk

Research suggests up to a third of cases may be preventable with lifestyle changes.
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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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Warning issued over adrenaline pen fault

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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Boys more likely to need help for ‘back to school asthma’

Data from GPs and hospitals shows a three-fold increase in appointments for the condition in September.
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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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Theresa May calls for mental health to be priority

Tackling mental health problems needs ‘urgent attention’, says the prime minister.
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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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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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Tattoo parlours pose infection risk, warn health experts

With one in five adults now having a tattoo, more should be done to protect the public, a report says.
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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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GP ‘ghost patients’ to be investigated by NHS fraud squad

Investigators will try to find out whether GPs have been claiming fees for non-existent patients.
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Postcode lottery for speech therapy, says commissioner

England’s children’s commissioner highlights “enormous variation” in money spent across the regions.
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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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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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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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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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NHS turns to Mumsnet to fill nurse vacancies

Partnership with online parenting chatroom is part of a package of measures to recruit 40,000 more nurses.
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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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Ultra-processed food linked to early death

People are eating more ultra-processed food – but what impact is it having on their bodies?
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English ‘short-changed on care funding’

Funding per person in Scotland is 43% higher than in England, while in Wales it is 33% higher.
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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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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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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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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 ‘abused’ vulnerable adults

Undercover BBC filming shows staff swearing, mocking and taunting patients with learning disabilities.
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Aspirin ‘safe’ for brain-bleed strokes

Patients can take aspirin without raising their risk of another stroke, a study suggests.
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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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Staff shortages ‘abusing good will of nurses’

Nursing chiefs want to see safe staffing rules enshrined in law as 40,000 posts remain vacant.
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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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Cancer: Breakthrough treatments to target drug resistance

The first treatments could be available within a decade, say scientists setting up a research centre.
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Severe pregnancy sickness: ‘I asked if pregnancy was worth it’

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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GP pressure: Numbers show first sustained drop for 50 years

Patients are waiting weeks for appointments as GPs warn they cannot cope with demand.
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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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Gay HIV transmission with treatment is ‘zero risk’, study confirms

A European study followed 972 male couples, where one was living with HIV, over an eight-year period.
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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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Blood inquiry evidence ‘harrowing and chilling’

Chairman praises bravery of victims as public inquiry into contaminated blood scandal begins.
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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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No sedentary screen time for babies, WHO says

Children under two should not be given screens or TV to keep them quiet, new guidelines say.
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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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Older women exploited by IVF clinics, says fertility watchdog

Clinics are using “selective success rates” to target older women, the fertility watchdog warns.
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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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Learning disability ‘trapped’ in hospitals as NHS target missed

More than 2,200 people with learning disabilities are still being treated in hospitals, figures show.
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The Priory fined £300k over death of 14-year-old girl

Amy El-Keria hanged herself at a clinic run by the private healthcare company in 2012.
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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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Give women more consistent abortion service, NHS told

Appointments within a week and a choice of medical or surgical abortions are being recommended.
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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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Children’s mental health services ‘postcode lottery’

Spending on children’s mental health services is up 17% but some areas have missed out on extra funds.
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‘Steep rise’ in patients struggling to get epilepsy drugs

The Epilepsy Society is calling for an urgent review of how medicines are stocked and supplied in the UK.
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Use a ‘greener’ inhaler if you can, patients told

Five doses of some inhalers are the equivalent of a nine-mile car journey, NHS advisory body says.
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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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NHS to offer mums-to-be new blood test for pre-eclampsia

It looks for a dangerous condition called pre-eclampsia, which can develop in pregnancy.
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‘She was so desperate, she swallowed a toothbrush’

The government’s aim to move people with learning disabilities from secure units has failed, campaigners say.
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More adults seeking support for alcoholic parents

Thousand more adults are seeking help in coping with an alcoholic parent every year, a charity says.
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Ask children about social media use, psychiatrists urged

Questions about technology should be routine for children assessed for mental health problems.
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Easter eggs ‘being pushed too early in shops’

Early sales of calorie-filled treats are fuelling the obesity crisis, a public health body says.
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How many cigarettes in a bottle of wine?

A study suggests it is 10 for women and five for men, in a bid to communicate the health risks of drinking.
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Life expectancy drops among poorer women in England

It fell by 100 days in recent years in England, widening the gap between rich and poor, official data shows.
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Coroners could investigate stillbirths, say ministers

Coroners may be given new powers to investigate stillbirths so that each death is independently assessed.
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Story time with e-books ‘not as helpful’ as print books

A study finds parents focus more on technology with electronic books and interact less with children.
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Transplant service at ‘breaking point’

A leading transplant surgeon says that services are struggling to keep up with demand.
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Detailed images of baby heart inside the womb

New technology could improve the care of babies with congenital heart diseases.
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‘Baby Grady’ gives fertility hope to boys with cancer

A new approach could preserve fertility for boys having cancer treatment – thanks to a baby monkey.
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Assisted dying: Doctors’ group adopts neutral position

The Royal College of Physicians votes to adopt a neutral position on helping terminally ill patients die.
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Potent cannabis increases risk of serious mental illness, says study

People who use potent cannabis increase their risk of serious mental illness, according to researchers.
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Cancer doctor shortage ‘puts care at risk’

Despite patients urgently needing treatment, 7.5% of key posts are vacant, a study of NHS staffing finds.
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MPs call for tax on social media companies

Their report says the money should be used to fund research into the health impact of social media.
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McDonald’s: Tom Watson urges chain to drop Monopoly campaign

The campaign is a “danger to public health” as it encourages people to eat more, says MP Tom Watson.
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Children’s noses ‘hold clues’ to serious lung infections

A study finds the bacteria and viruses in the nose could give clues to improve the diagnosis.
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Mushrooms may ‘reduce the risk of mild brain decline’

Eating the fungi more than twice a week cut people’s risk of memory and language problems, a study found.
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Cancer waiting times breached for 1,000 days in England

Failure to treat cancer patients quickly is putting patients at risk, experts say.
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Professor Stephen Hawking’s nurse struck off over his care

Patricia Dowdy was accused of financial misconduct and failing to properly care for the scientist.
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Italy bans unvaccinated children from school

Italy now requires children to prove they have been vaccinated before attending school.
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NHS signals four-hour A&E target may end

NHS bosses to pilot new ways of measuring performance in England, which could mean key targets being overhauled.
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Home births: Community midwives trial ‘delivery bags’

One mother says she considered a home birth for her son, but was “scared” by the idea.
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Nutrient supplement ‘boosts growth of breastfed premature babies’

Eight weeks of extra proteins and minerals led to better growth in breastfed babies, a study found.
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‘Benefit changes adding to mental health problems’

Universal credit, job worries and homelessness are increasing demand on mental health services, say NHS bosses.
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Satisfaction with NHS ‘hits 11-year low’

The public is concerned about lack of staffing and waiting times, according to a long-running survey.
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Critically injured? The longest waits for 999 help

People in rural areas wait over 50% longer for an ambulance service response to life-threatening injuries.
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UK patient ‘free’ of HIV after stem cell treatment

The patient has shown no sign of the virus for nearly 19 months since having the treatment.
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Amazon withdraws painted children’s drinking tumblers

The glasses feature Disney characters but contain a toxic metal associated with known health risks.
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NHS patients in England to be offered free tampons

Women should have access to daily essentials while in hospital, health officials say.
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Vaccination deniers gaining traction, NHS boss warns

The NHS is considering what it can do to stop anti-vaccination messages spreading, Simon Stevens says.
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Quick pregnancy safe after stillbirth, study finds

There is no evidence to wait for a year before getting pregnant again, Lancet research suggests.
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Being a couch potato ‘bad for the memory of over-50s’

More than three and a half hours a day of TV could hasten memory decline, a study suggests.
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Radical Parkinson’s treatment tested in patients

The drug is delivered to affected parts of the brain via a “port” in the side of the head.
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Children ‘failed in first 1,000 days’, says MPs

A group of MPs wants a “revolution” in early years support, including more health visitor contacts.
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NHS child gender reassignment ‘too quick’

A former governor of the Tavistock Centre calls for more “external oversight” of the clinic.
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Supermarkets misleading shoppers on healthy food, say nutritionists

Supermarkets should be more transparent on food classification, say public health experts.
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