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Report recommends NI abortion law change

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Terminations are only permitted in NI if a woman’s life is at risk or if there is a risk of permanent and serious damage to her mental or physical health A working group has recommended a change to Northern Ireland’s laws to allow abortion in cases of fatal […]

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New prostate therapy recommended on NHS

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY A new treatment for non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate, a very common condition in older men, has been recommended for use by the NHS. It’s called prostate artery embolisation. And it blocks some of the blood supply to the prostate using tiny synthetic beads, causing the troublesome tissue to shrink […]

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London Marathon: Broken leg runner Jo Denton thanks heroes

Image copyright Jo Denton Image caption St John Ambulance volunteer Ollie Needham helped Jo Denton in The Mall A runner has thanked the “wonderful strangers” who helped her complete the last four miles of the London Marathon with a broken leg. Jo Denton, 41, from Poole in Dorset, who was fundraising for Children with Cancer […]

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Plastic straws: Call for government to rethink policy

A woman with cerebral palsy has called for the government to consider the need of disabled people before bringing in a ban on plastic straws. Ellie Simpson, from Chesterfield, who set up her own charity, said politicians had not given proper consideration to people with disabilities who rely on plastic over other alternatives. The government […]

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New ban on epilepsy drug in pregnancy

Image caption This warning has been on the outside of valproate pill packets since 2016 in Britain An epilepsy drug that can damage unborn babies must no longer be prescribed to girls and women of childbearing age in the UK unless they sign a form to say that they understand the risks. Drug regulator the […]

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Listening to your heartbeat can help with your feelings

“I wish I could feel happy or excited” – Tom is trying a new treatment that could help people with autism to better recognise their emotions. Research shows the more someone can tune into their own heartbeat, the better they can relax and calm themselves down. The treatment has also been able to help people […]

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How bacteria are changing your mood

If anything makes us human it’s our minds, thoughts and emotions. And yet a controversial new concept is emerging that claims gut bacteria are an invisible hand altering our brains. Science is piecing together how the trillions of microbes that live on and in all of us – our microbiome – affect our physical health. […]

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Parents facing 'unfair child abuse claims' over bruising

Image caption Chelsea’s son was taken off her for a year, until his bruising was found to be the result of a medical condition Parents are being investigated for possible child abuse because of the misinterpretation of guidelines on bruising in babies, it’s claimed. Official guidelines from health watchdog NICE for hospital workers suggest such […]

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Awyr Las: Health board NHS charity cash probe urged

Image copyright Google Image caption Awyr Las is based at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor An NHS charity has been urged to consider calling in investigators to discover whether it is misusing funds. Awyr Las is the charity serving Betsi Cadwaladr health board in north Wales. BBC Wales discovered it agreed to pay for a £450,000 […]

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US soldier gets world's first penis and scrotum transplant

Image copyright Johns Hopkins Medicine Image caption Dr Andrew Lee (second from left) and his team at Johns Hopkins University A team of US doctors has successfully carried out the world’s first total transplant of a penis and scrotum. Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, performed the operation on a soldier who had […]