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Thousands caught up in cervical screening blunder

Image copyright Science Photo Library More than 40,000 women in England have not received information regarding cervical cancer screening after a failure to send out letters by the NHS. The errors were made between January and June. Around 4,000 of them were results of tests, the remainder were letters inviting them for screening or reminding […]

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Devon mother in fight with NHS for cystic fibrosis drug funding

Image copyright PA Image caption Katie Stafford is at the centre of a wrangle over the price of a drug which could extend her life The mother of a girl with cystic fibrosis is taking legal action against the NHS for refusing to pay for a drug which could extend her daughter’s life. Sarah Burgwin, […]

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Fighting heroin addiction: Bobby's story

At the height of his addiction, Bobby, from Barrow-in-Furness, was injecting heroin and crack cocaine up to six times a day. The BBC’s Michael Buchanan finds out how the man turned his life around in a town where drug-related deaths have reached unprecedented levels. sponsored advertisement: Credited Source link

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Northern Ireland child post-mortem examinations to be done in England

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption From January 2019 post-mortem examinations on children from NI will have to be carried out in Liverpool Post-mortem examinations on infants in Northern Ireland will have to be carried out in a hospital in England due to a lack of specialist staff. The paediatric pathologist service is currently provided […]

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'I feel really bad when I hurt my mum'

Image caption Jamie’s mother, Kate, worries he is a risk to his own safety when he becomes violent Some doctors in rural areas are having to apply for extra funding in order to diagnose patients with autism, the Royal College of GPs has said. The BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has spoken to families with autistic […]

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'Disturbing' self-harm rates and violence at youth prisons

Image copyright EPA Image caption Young offenders self-harming is a major concern, say prison reform charities The “disturbing extent” of self-harm and violence in the UK’s young offender institutes illustrate “why prison is no place for a child”, a charity has said. Parc Prison in Bridgend has the highest rate of self-harm among youth jails […]

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Fat-clogged cells explain why obesity can cause cancer

Image copyright Getty Images A new discovery could explain why obese people are more likely to develop cancer, scientists say. A type of cell the body uses to destroy cancerous tissue gets clogged by fat and stops working, the team, from Trinity College Dublin, found. Obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer in the […]

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Drug firms fear 'wasting' money for a Brexit no-deal outcome

Image copyright Getty Images Drugs companies in Wales have been distracted from creating new medicines as they are “wasting” time and money preparing for a no-deal Brexit, industry representatives have said. The UK government wants pharmaceutical firms to stockpile an extra six weeks’ worth of medicine in case of a no-deal. Talks with the EU […]

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Cancer treatment patients get beauty workshops

Learning you have cancer is traumatic and daunting. Losing your eyebrows, eyelashes and hair because of chemotherapy is demoralising and overwhelming. A cancer charity is providing practical support for people struggling with the visible side effects of their treatment. The free Look Good Feel Better workshops, led by volunteer beauticians at Royal Berkshire Hospital, are […]

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Dementia risk: Five-minute scan 'can predict cognitive decline'

Image copyright Getty Images A five-minute scan could be used to spot people at risk of dementia before symptoms appear, researchers claim. Scientists used ultrasound scanners to look at blood vessels in the necks of more than 3,000 people and monitored them over the next 15 years. They found those with the most intense pulses […]

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Premature baby parents 'need extra maternity leave'

The mother of a baby boy who was born prematurely has backed calls for parents like her to get extra maternity leave. Sarah Kirker’s son, Matthew, was born at just 24 weeks gestation on 1 April – more than three months earlier than expected. As a consequence, Mrs Kirker’s maternity leave also arrived early. It […]