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'Don't go cold turkey' to quit smoking

Image copyright Getty Images Smokers looking to quit as part of the annual Stoptober campaign are being warned not to go “cold turkey”. Government health officials have said smokers stand a much greater chance of succeeding giving up by using official NHS support or turning to e-cigarettes. Research has shown only 4% of those who […]

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Shropshire hospitals baby deaths review cases rise to over 100

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJack Burn died hours after being born at Princess Royal Hospital in Telford A review into mother and baby deaths and injuries at hospitals in Shropshire is examining more than 100 cases, it is understood. In 2017, Jeremy Hunt ordered an investigation into maternity care relating to […]

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Are drink-driving limits too high?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption How many drinks takes you over the limit varies from person to person Have you ever decided to drive your car after a few drinks and wondered whether you were close to the limit – if it was safe? If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you […]

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Making sure you get the right type of calorie

Image copyright Getty Images The British Nutrition Foundation is launching a concept called the “quality calorie”, to make people think more about the types of foods they eat. While most adults consume more than they need, simply counting calories and cutting down is not enough, it says. It wants people to look at nutritional values […]

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Bacteria disrupts Northern Ireland breast milk service

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Volunteers use breast pumps to express milk and donate supplies A service supplying donated breast milk to premature and seriously ill babies across Ireland has been suspended after bacteria was found in the water supply. The Human Milk Bank moved from Irvinestown to the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen […]

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Yoghurts (even organic ones) 'full of sugar'

Image copyright Getty Images Many yoghurts are full of sugar and the public should not be lulled into thinking they are eating healthy products, researchers say. The conclusion comes after a study of almost 900 yoghurts on sale in UK supermarkets. The research found that organic yoghurts were among the most sugary types. Only natural […]

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Ultra runner Sophie Power on breastfeeding during a 103-mile race

An ultra runner has told BBC Radio 5 Live why she breastfed her baby during a 103-mile marathon race. The image of Sophie Power breastfeeding her three-month-old son, Cormac, at the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc has gone viral around the world. Speaking to Anna Foster, Sophie explained about the support network that made it possible […]

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Pregnancy weight gain 'going unmeasured'

Image copyright Getty Images Midwives are calling for official guidance on how much weight is healthy for women to put on during pregnancy. One in five women in the UK are obese when they start pregnancy, yet there is no national target for what constitutes normal pregnancy weight gain. Regular weigh-ins fell out of favour […]

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Bedside light tool could detect baby brain injury earlier

Image copyright UCL Sick babies admitted to a neonatal unit after a difficult birth could benefit from a new bedside tool to detect brain damage, researchers believe. The team at University College London has developed a device which shines light into the brain to monitor oxygen and energy levels. Broadband near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) could help […]

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Hiding my psychosis for 10 years from the age of 12

Image copyright Luke Watkin Image caption Luke Watkin from Dorset is now 26 years old Luke Watkins was in year eight at school and alone in a corridor when he first heard a strange noise. “I heard what sounded like a train brake, followed by a metal on metal noise. “It was just something completely […]

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'I've performed 23,000 post-mortems'

Image caption Dr Richard Shepherd has conducted post-mortems for more than three decades Forensic pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd has examined evidence in some of the most high-profile and tragic deaths in recent history – the 9/11 attacks, the 7/7 bombings, the deaths of Princess Diana and Stephen Lawrence. It has taken a mental toll. “Two […]

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Deaths spiked during UK heatwave

Image copyright Getty Images There was a spike in deaths in England at the start of this summer’s heatwave, new data reveals. But statisticians say it is too early to tell how many of them can be attributed directly to the heat. On 25 and 26 June, when temperatures soared, there were 259 more deaths […]