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Conor Devine – the Ironman with MS

Conor Devine was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2007. MS causes the body’s own immune system to attack the lining of nerves in the brain and spinal cord. When this happens a person will have symptoms such as fatigue, blurred vision and they can have difficulty walking. The 41-year-old says he is fighting back […]

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‘My bulimia was hidden by my normal weight’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLee Donald says fitness has changed her life Lee Donald didn’t think she would see her 21st birthday. She had struggled with an eating disorder from the age of 13 and at her lowest point made herself sick more than 10 times a day. But she successfully […]

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Campaign girl ‘ineligible’ for muscle wasting drug

Image copyright Katie PrescottImage caption Heidi Prescott-Booth had campaigned for the drug Spinraza to be approved for use on the NHS The family of a girl who campaigned for a drug to treat her muscle-wasting disease to be made available on the NHS said they understand she is not eligible to receive it. Heidi Prescott-Both, […]

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Vaccines: Low trust in vaccination ‘a global crisis’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIt’s a numbers game… if some people are not vaccinated, it can cause a big problem for us all Public mistrust of vaccines means the world is taking a step backwards in the fight against deadly yet preventable infectious diseases, warn experts. The biggest global study into […]

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Women not aware enough of breast cancer link to alcohol

Image copyright Getty Images Women know too little about alcohol’s role in increasing breast cancer risk, a study suggests. Only one in five women attending a breast cancer clinic knew it was a risk factor. But alcohol consumption is estimated to be responsible for 5-11% of cases. Cancer Research UK said cutting down on alcohol […]

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The gay men breaking blood donation rules

Image copyright Getty Images Men who have sex with men are barred from giving blood in England, Scotland and Wales for three months after sexual activity – but some are deciding to break the rules. “It galls me every time I hear an advert on the radio asking for people to give blood, when there’s […]

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The worst places for cancer care waits revealed

Image copyright SPL Nearly three-quarters of services are failing to treat cancer patients quickly enough, BBC research shows. Hospitals are meant to start treatment within 62 days of an urgent referral by a GP in 85% of cases. But 94 out of 131 cancer services in England failed to do that during 2018-19 – compared […]