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Hospital ‘abused’ vulnerable adults in Durham

Image caption An undercover BBC reporter spent two months doing shifts undercover at Whorlton Hall The abuse and mistreatment of vulnerable adults at a specialist hospital has been uncovered by the BBC’s Panorama programme. Undercover BBC filming shows staff intimidating, mocking and restraining patients with learning disabilities and autism at Whorlton Hall, County Durham. Experts […]

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Aspirin ‘safe’ for brain-bleed strokes

Image copyright Getty Images Patients who have had a stroke caused by bleeding in the brain can safely take aspirin to cut their risk of future strokes and heart problems, according to a new study. Aspirin thins the blood and so doctors have been cautious about giving it, fearing it could make bleeds worse. But […]

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‘Broken’ care system for most vulnerable

Image copyright Getty Images Patients with mental health problems, autism and learning disabilities are being let down by a “broken” care system, a report warns. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says it knows of at least 62 adults and children that have been living in segregation in mental health hospitals for long periods of time. […]

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Don’t be complacent over laughing gas risks, say nurses

Image copyright ALAMYImage caption Nitrous oxide, which can lawfully be sold for whipping cream, is typically sold in small silver canisters The public is too complacent about the risks of laughing gas, nurses are warning. The gas – nitrous oxide – is the second most commonly used recreational drug in England and Wales after cannabis. […]

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Hollywood tech helps injured military personnel

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFlight Lieutenant Nathan Jones uses CGI tech to help him recover. “There is no hiding, you are watching exactly what is wrong with you.” Flt Lt Nathan Jones is watching each of his leg muscles moving, on a big screen at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC), […]

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Body image concerns ‘making people suicidal’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Concerns about body image are making large numbers of people depressed and even suicidal, a survey suggests. The poll of 4,500 UK adults found a third had felt anxious about their bodies, with one in eight experiencing suicidal thoughts. The Mental Health Foundation, which commissioned the survey, said the issue […]

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Blogger: There is a stigma around infertility

Infertility blogger Vanessa Haye has told BBC Radio 5 Live that she wants to break what she calls an ‘IVF stigma’ in some black communities. Vanessa had two rounds of IVF, one resulted in a miscarriage and her second was successful and she is now a mother to one-year-old Sebastian. She told Emma Barnett about […]

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The vegetarian ‘meat’ aimed at replacing the real thing

Image copyright Getty Images Meat-free foods that “bleed” like the real thing are becoming increasingly common. Could these vegetarian alternatives replace “traditional” burgers and sausages? Concerns about the environmental and health impact of our diets has seen interest in vegetarian and vegan foods grow. This has boosted everything from flexitarianism to vegan sausage rolls and […]