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Woman hopeful for better life after leg amputation

A woman who fought to have her left leg amputated says she’s hopeful for the future after the operation. Jess Laughton wanted her leg removed because of chronic pain that’s left her bed-bound for the last two years. She has a rare condition called complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). The story began when she broke […]

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Why some cancers are 'born to be bad'

Image copyright Crick Institute A groundbreaking study has uncovered why some patients’ cancers are more deadly than others, despite appearing identical. Francis Crick Institute scientists developed a way of analysing a cancer’s history to predict its future. The study on kidney cancer patients showed some tumours were “born to be bad” while others never became […]

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A&E waits hit new record worst level

Image copyright Getty Images A&E waiting times have dropped to a new record worst level in England, figures show. During March just 84.6% of patients were seen in four hours – well below the 95% target. The previous worst month was February and before that it was December in what has proved to be an […]

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Late risers at increased risk of early death, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images People who go to bed late and struggle to wake in the morning are more likely to die prematurely than early risers, according to new research. Night owls are 10% more likely to have early deaths than morning larks, a study of some 433,000 people found. The research also found late […]

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Exercise benefits to the brain 'may be passed on'

Image copyright Getty Images Physical and mental exercise has been found to be beneficial for our brains, but scientists have now found it could also improve the learning ability of our children. In a mouse study, researchers found the benefits gained from these activities were passed on to their offspring, despite not altering their DNA. […]

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YouTube star prompts conversation about social anxieties

YouTube star prompts conversation about social anxieties By Paul Harrison BBC UGC and Social News Image copyright Getty Images Talking openly about social anxiety to people who haven’t experienced it can be really difficult, but a YouTube star was determined to start a conversation with her fans about it. In her candid tweet, Jessie Paege […]

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NHS heart bypass surgery waiting times double in Wales

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Welsh NHS performed better than England in waits for kidney transplants The average length of time heart bypass patients have waited for surgery has nearly doubled across Wales. Official statistics show patients waited an average of 79 days between April 2016 and March 2017, compared to 43 days […]

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Woman's jaw regrown by 9cm in UK first operation after cancer

Image caption Val Blunden was first diagnosed with cancer in January 2015 A woman who lost her jaw to cancer has had it regrown from her own skin and bone. Val Blunden had the bottom of her mouth and chin destroyed by cancer more than two years ago. The 55-year-old was left unable to eat, […]

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Brain injuries increase dementia risk, study finds

Image copyright Science Photo Library People who suffer brain injuries are at increased risk of dementia later in life, a large study suggests. An analysis of 2.8 million people found those who had one or more traumatic brain injuries were 24% more likely to get dementia than those who had not. The risk was greatest […]

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Child amputees get new sport prosthetics fund

Pollyanna Hope lost her leg in a bus crash. She loves to dance and has been helped by a government fund giving sports and activity prosthetics to children. Her mum Sarah was a major force behind the campaign for the 2016 fund, which is now getting a further £1.5 million. Video journalist: Nick Raikes Source […]

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Why do people enjoy taking part in chilli-eating contests?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A contestant takes part in a chilli pepper-eating competition in China For some people putting chillies in a meal can ruin it completely, while for others they’re necessary for food to be as tasty as can be. But there’s also a third category of people who seek out the […]