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Inside Scotland’s first addiction recovery village

Scotland’s first recovery village offers a rehabilitation programme to people dealing with addiction issues. The River Garden, based in Auchicruive estate in Ayrshire, is also run as a social community initiative. Stonemason Alex says he hopes to progress to working as a member of staff. This report is part of the BBC’s Crossing Divides, a […]

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‘I call my stem cell donor my sister’

Image copyright Adam Fradgley/ DKMSImage caption Gary Hodges and Karen Scoltock 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 of […]

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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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‘Acne does not define me’

Acne is part and parcel of growing up for many teenagers. But for Abigail Collins, a severe form of the condition, known as cystic acne, has drastically affected her self-esteem. She has had it since she was a child and has been on the receiving end of nasty comments from strangers. But now she is […]

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Decriminalise prostitution, say nurses

Image copyright Getty Images Prostitution should be decriminalised to protect the health and welfare of sex workers, nurses say. The Royal College of Nursing is to start lobbying government to change the law after members voted in favour of the move at their annual conference. Nurses said the current law put sex workers at risk […]