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Man's leg amputated after dog poo got in wound

Collin Smith had to have his leg amputated after dog poo on a rugby pitch got into a wound and caused a serious infection. His local council, Rhondda Cynon Taf, is now one of 12 in Wales using Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) to fine dog owners who do not pick up after their pets. […]

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Norfolk hospital plans 'in-patient' care at home

Image copyright PA/Jeremy Durkin Image caption The hospital in Norfolk has been has been placed in special measures A hospital preparing for forthcoming winter bed pressures has confirmed plans to treat dozens of people classed as “in patients” at their own homes. Norfolk and Norwich Hospital has approved plans to trial its “virtual ward” later […]

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The pamper sessions in Nottingham for cancer patients

Women undergoing cancer treatment say weekly pamper sessions – in which they are taught to draw on missing eyebrows and eyelashes – have boosted their confidence. The sessions, at Nottingham’s City Hospital, are run by the charity Look Good Feel Better, in a bid to help women combat the visible side effects of cancer. Source […]

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Bowel screening to start earlier at age 50 in England

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bowel cancer is one of the top five cancer killers in Wales Bowel cancer screening in England is to start earlier, at age 50, Public Health England has announced. It said evidence showed that screening people at a younger age would allow more bowel cancers to be picked up […]

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Meet the 'end-of-life doulas' guiding people to their death

Lizzie Neville is an ‘end-of-life doula’ who helps people prepare for death. Doula is a term traditionally associated with childbirth, describing someone who helps a woman before, during or after childbirth. But ‘death doula’ Lizzie, from Alton, Hampshire, was hired by Lowri Rylance, from Basingstoke, when her husband was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Video […]

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How smallpox claimed its final victim

Image copyright Other Image caption Janet Parker worked as a photographer at Birmingham Medical School Warning – this story contains graphic images. In the summer of 1978, the last known case of smallpox was reported, claiming the life of 40-year-old medical photographer Janet Parker. But how did the disease, thought to have been eradicated across […]

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Gel and acrylic nails allergy warning

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Allergic reactions from gels and pastes can cause a rash anywhere they touch the body Skin experts are warning a chemical found in gel, gel polish and acrylic nails can cause an allergic reaction. Methacrylate chemicals can cause a severe, itchy rash anywhere on the body, not just the […]

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The unpleasant reason men navigate better than women

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe video game that’s actually dementia research Men are better at navigating than women, according to a massive study, but there’s not much for men to be proud about. Scientists at University College London say the difference has more to do with discrimination and unequal opportunities than […]

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Bradley Lowery's mum: 'I believe he was here for a reason'

Bradley Lowery’s mother has told BBC Radio 5 Live that her son’s legacy is improving the lives of other children with cancer. The six-year-old Sunderland fan, from Blackhall Colliery in County Durham, died in July 2017. Speaking to Chloe Tilley, Gemma Lowery said she believes Bradley’s reason for being here “was to raise awareness of […]

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Transgender woman's death 'drove parents to help others'

The parents of a transgender woman who died days before being accepted for gender reassignment surgery have told how her death has inspired them to help others. Synestra de Courcy, from Stevenage, originally approached the NHS for help, but wanted to speed up the process and turned to sex work to fund the operation overseas. […]

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Waits for non-urgent surgery in England rise sharply

Image copyright Getty Images The number of patients waiting more than a year for non-urgent surgery in England has risen sharply to the highest level in more than six years. The figure reached 3,517 in June – an increase of more than 400 from May – and the highest since April 2012. This is despite […]