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Xanax: Children as young as 11 taking anxiety drug

Image copyright Tictoc Image caption The US-style bar-shaped version of the drug is the form that is most commonly traded among teenagers – but there are many counterfeit versions Children as young as 11 are being treated for abusing the anxiety drug Xanax, the BBC has found. Drugs charity Addaction said it was also aware […]

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Thousands of calls made to breast screen error helpline

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Breast cancer screening is offered once every three years to women aged 50 to 70 There have been 5,000 calls to a helpline since it was revealed that a computer error led to 450,000 women in England missing out on invitations to routine breast cancer screening. Breast cancer charities […]

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'It's about celebrating life – not doom and gloom'

In 2016 Paul Meisak was told he had terminal cancer. Paul, who lives with his wife Bridget just outside Glasgow, has asked BBC Radio 5 live to follow him as he meets with oncologists, chooses his hospice and organises his funeral. Paul’s attitude is positive: “This is about celebrating life.” Click here to listen to […]

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'She was bandaged from head to toe with eczema'

Image copyright Magali Redding Image caption Gaelle struggled at school because of her eczema, which spread all over her body “Her eczema was so bad she had to be bandaged from head to toe.” Magali Redding runs the charity Eczema Outreach Support, which she set up after spending years battling her daughter Gaelle’s eczema. “My […]

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New peanut allergy blood test developed

Image copyright Science Photo Library Scientists have developed a blood test for peanut allergies that they say is less risky and more cost-efficient than other tests. The skin-prick test used currently can result in people being diagnosed with an allergy when they do not have one. And the new test could be used after inconclusive […]

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Dying woman's family witnessed Tawel Fan ward 'chaos'

Image copyright Christine Henderson Image caption Joyce Dickaty died in 2012 on the Tawel Fan ward at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Denbighshire A mental health unit treating the elderly was “like a circus”, relatives of one patient who died on the ward have said. Speaking for the first time, the family described patients roaming naked […]

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Scientists build 'synthetic embryos'

Image copyright Nicolas Rivron Image caption Two of the embryo-like structures grown by the scientists in the lab Dutch scientists have built “synthetic” embryos in their laboratory using mouse cells other than sperm and eggs. The stem cell breakthrough, described in Nature journal, is not for cloning people or animals, but about understanding why many […]

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Breast screening error angers survivor and family of deceased

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPatricia Minchin says her cancer may have been spotted earlier had she received a screening letter A breast cancer survivor and a man whose wife died from the disease have reacted angrily to revelations that an NHS computer error led to 450,000 people missing screening tests. Patricia […]

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Hidden fats: What’s underneath your skin?

Sushi is an average-sized, healthy woman on the outside – but what about on the inside? The 29-year-old went for a body scan to find out what’s going on underneath her skin. Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra […]

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Breast screening error: What went wrong?

Image copyright Getty Images Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced an independent review into why 450,000 women in England failed to receive invitations for a final routine breast cancer screening between the ages of 68 and 71. So what went wrong with the NHS’s screening programme? How does breast cancer screening work in England? Breast […]

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Breast screening error 'affects 450,000 women'

Image copyright Science Photo Library Around 450,000 women in England missed out on a final routine breast screening appointment before their 70th birthday due to a failure to send invitations. Of those women, 150,000 have since died. The remaining 300,000 are now in their 70s. The NHS error, which occurred after 2009 and came to […]

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'I lost 19 stone but hate my saggy skin'

In two years, Amy lost 19 stone (120kg) through gastric sleeve surgery and exercise. But the excess skin she was left with is making her unhappy and she is going to pay £9,000 to get it removed. The NHS says funding is not generally available for cosmetic surgery unless there is a medical need and […]