107294186 redjolley976549 - 'When I try to talk to my grandad words won't come out'
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'When I try to talk to my grandad words won't come out'

Nineteen-year-old Red is a student, a fan of metal music and aspiring make-up artist. As a child, she was chatty and full of life – but only when she was at home. When she left the house, everything changed. At a secondary school open evening in Kettering, Northamptonshire, a teacher was playing a game with […]

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Advice on safety of gay sex after prostate cancer

Image copyright Getty Images UK surgeons have drawn up guidance for gay men on how long they should abstain from sex before and after prostate cancer treatment. It warns of potential risks to sexual partners from exposure to radiation after some treatments. Most cancer surgeons don’t ask patients about their sexual practices, which means they […]

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Cystic fibrosis drug campaign to be heard in Parliament

Ahead of a Parliamentary debate about access to a cystic fibrosis drug, the family of four-year-old Harrier Corr recorded a video diary to show the impact of living with the condition. More than 10,000 people in the UK have the debilitating genetic lung condition and for about half of them, Orkambi could make a big […]

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Night owls: Simple sleep tweaks boost wellbeing

Image copyright Getty Images Tweaking sleeping habits can shift people’s body clocks and improve their wellbeing, say scientists in the UK and Australia. They focused on “night owls”, whose bodies’ drive them to stay up late into the night. Techniques used included consistent bedtimes, avoiding caffeine and getting plenty of morning sunshine. The researchers say […]

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Latest health guidance missing from alcohol labels

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionClare Hutton almost died from drinking too much alcohol; her husband was told she would have had 10 days left to live The alcohol industry has not updated health information labelling three years after health experts issued new guidelines, the BBC has found. In 2016, the UK’s […]

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'I call my stem cell donor my sister'

Image copyright Adam Fradgley/ DKMS Image caption Gary Hodges and Karen Scoldock call each other brother and sister, after she donated the stem cells which saved his life Blood cancer is the fifth most common type of cancer in the UK with someone being diagnosed every 20 minutes, according to charity DKMS. Only a third […]

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Trump visit: Could US companies run NHS services after Brexit?

Image copyright Getty Images Along with the pomp, protests and politics, President Trump’s visit to the UK brought renewed debate about whether a post-Brexit trade deal between the two countries could involve opening up the NHS to US companies. Mr Trump told a press conference: “When you’re dealing with trade, everything’s on the table – […]

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Hospital patients die in sandwich listeria outbreak

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Listeria monocytogenes bacteria Three hospital patients have died in an outbreak of listeria linked to pre-packed sandwiches. Public Health England (PHE) said the victims were among six patients affected in England and the deaths occurred in Manchester and Liverpool. Sandwiches and salads linked to the outbreak have been […]

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NHS report on trust board diversity 'a wake-up call'

Image copyright Getty Images The process for appointing senior roles in NHS hospitals and trusts in England should be reviewed, after figures showed boards have become less diverse. Appointments of black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates (BAME) to non-executive positions have fallen over eight years, a report found. The NHS Confederation, who published the report, […]

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Large Ebola outbreaks new normal, says WHO

Image copyrightGetty Images Image caption Family members place leaves on the grave of a deceased relative who died from Ebola in ButemboThe world is entering “a new phase” where large outbreaks of deadly diseases like Ebola are a “new normal”, the World Health Organization warns. Previous Ebola outbreaks affected relatively small numbers of people. But […]

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One million new STIs every day, says WHO

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The WHO estimates one in 25 people has at least one STI One million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) occur every single day, the World Health Organization has estimated. That means more than 376 million new cases annually of four infections – chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis, and syphilis. The WHO […]

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Ultimate limit of human endurance found

Image copyright Getty Images The ultimate limit of human endurance has been worked out by scientists analysing a 3,000 mile run, the Tour de France and other elite events. They showed the cap was 2.5 times the body’s resting metabolic rate, or 4,000 calories a day for an average person. Anything higher than that was […]