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‘I gave birth, and got Hepatitis C’

Image caption Jackie describes the effects of having hepatitis C as “trauma after trauma” When Jackie Britton was given a blood transfusion after childbirth, she thought it was saving her life. But the infected blood could have killed her. There are thought to be thousands like her. They often feel overlooked in the wider NHS […]

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‘Don’t go cold turkey’ to quit smoking

Image copyright Getty Images Smokers looking to quit as part of the annual Stoptober campaign are being warned not to go “cold turkey”. Government health officials have said smokers stand a much greater chance of succeeding giving up by using official NHS support or turning to e-cigarettes. Research has shown only 4% of those who […]

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Are drink-driving limits too high?

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption How many drinks takes you over the limit varies from person to person Have you ever decided to drive your car after a few drinks and wondered whether you were close to the limit – if it was safe? If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you can […]

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Making sure you get the right type of calorie

Image copyright Getty Images The British Nutrition Foundation is launching a concept called the “quality calorie”, to make people think more about the types of foods they eat. While most adults consume more than they need, simply counting calories and cutting down is not enough, it says. It wants people to look at nutritional values […]

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Yoghurts (even organic ones) ‘full of sugar’

Image copyright Getty Images Many yoghurts are full of sugar and the public should not be lulled into thinking they are eating healthy products, researchers say. The conclusion comes after a study of almost 900 yoghurts on sale in UK supermarkets. The Leeds University-led research found that organic yoghurts were among the most sugary types […]

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South Africa’s highest court legalises cannabis use

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The ruling is a victory for pro-marijuana activists South Africa’s highest court has legalised the use of cannabis by adults in private places. Pro-marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery and chanted “Weed are free now” when the Constitutional Court gave its landmark ruling. In a unanimous ruling, judges also […]

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Pregnancy weight gain ‘going unmeasured’

Image copyright Getty Images Midwives are calling for official guidance on how much weight is healthy for women to put on during pregnancy. One in five women in the UK are obese when they start pregnancy, yet there is no national target for what constitutes normal pregnancy weight gain. Regular weigh-ins fell out of favour […]

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Deaths spiked during UK heatwave

Image copyright Getty Images There was a spike in deaths in England at the start of this summer’s heatwave, new data reveals. But statisticians say it is too early to tell how many of them can be attributed directly to the heat. On 25 and 26 June, when temperatures soared, there were 259 more deaths […]

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Targeted treatment for melanoma to be free on NHS

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Around 500 people will be eligible for treatment with the new combination drug therapy Hundreds of patients with a type of aggressive skin cancer will be offered a targeted therapy on the NHS in England and Wales, which reduces the risk of it returning. At present, they have to hope […]