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Britain needs to go on a diet, says top health official

Image copyright Getty Images The portion sizes of some of Britain’s most popular foods are to be cut, with health officials telling the public it is time “to get on a diet”. Public Health England is targeting pizzas, ready meals, processed meat and takeaways, in a new obesity drive. The government agency has also urged […]

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'Opportunities missed' by trust before Poundland attack

Image caption Trevor Joyce attacked Justin Skrebowski with a knife from the Poundland store A coroner has criticised an NHS trust over how it treated a schizophrenic drug addict who stabbed a man to death in a Poundland store. Trevor Joyce attacked Justin Skrebowski with a knife from the shop in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, in December […]

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Energy drinks: UK supermarkets ban sales to under-16s

Image copyright PA Image caption Retailers will ban the sale of energy drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre Sales of energy drinks to children under 16 have been banned in most major UK supermarkets, amid concerns about high levels of sugar and caffeine. Boots is also joining supermarkets such as Asda, Waitrose, […]

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Is it wrong to be blunt about obesity?

Image copyright Getcomedy Image caption Comedian Sofie Hagen said Cancer Research UK’s campaign was “incredibly damaging” When Cancer Research this week revealed that millennials are set to become the most overweight generation since records began, there was a key message – after smoking, obesity is the second biggest cause of cancer. It called for a […]

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Diabetes is actually five separate diseases, research suggests

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Could there be five types of diabetes rather than just two? Scientists say diabetes is five separate diseases, and treatment could be tailored to each form. Diabetes – or uncontrolled blood sugar levels – is normally split into type 1 and type 2. But researchers in Sweden and Finland […]

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'Miracle' baby born between chemotherapy and menopause

Sarah, from Merseyside, was trying for another baby when doctors told her she had breast cancer. Given only a 1% chance of conceiving, she became pregnant with baby Monty shortly after her treatment. According to Cancer Research UK, doctors normally advise women to wait two years before becoming pregnant, due to the risks of secondary […]

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Why the world needs to get ready for more people dying

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat’s it like to care for the dying? For decades, lifespans have grown ever longer, delaying the inevitable fact of death. But the coming years will see a sharp rise in the number of people dying, presenting a challenge about how we care for those at the […]

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'My husband can no longer remember my name'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChristopher struggles to remember Veronica’s name Three years ago, the Victoria Derbyshire programme asked three people with dementia to document their lives for a month. What has changed since? Christopher’s story Christopher Devas was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2008. When we first met him and his […]

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Call to end 'taboo' of talking about death

Image caption Emily says it is important to spend time with loved ones at the end of their lives – even if it is “scary” A charity is calling for a “national conversation” about dying, saying the topic has become “taboo” and a source of anxiety for many. The Sue Ryder charity says people should […]

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'Baby factory' mystery: Thailand's surrogacy saga reaches uneasy end

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Surrogate babies fathered by Japanese businessman Mitsutoki Shigeta, pictured in 2014 The imposing new courthouse for juvenile and family affairs in northern Bangkok was the setting last week for the final ruling in one of the strangest custody cases to emerge from the moral maze of Asia’s thriving surrogacy business. […]

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On anti-depressants

Image copyright Getty Images As scientists release a study showing that anti-depressants work, some users of the medication share their experiences on how it has affected their lives. Authors of a report published in the Lancet, found 21 common anti-depressants were all more effective at reducing symptoms of acute depression than dummy pills. Agomelatine, Amitriptyline, […]