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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 […]

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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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Mum whose baby died speaks of pain of hearing others cry

Losing a baby is devastating enough without having to go through the experience just feet away from people giving birth. But in 2015, seven months into her pregnancy, that is where Lynette Parkes, from Hagley, Worcestershire, found herself. She said she could still remember to this day “the feeling of looking at him and hearing […]

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Heart scan ‘could pick up signs of sudden death risk’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Fabrice Muamba collapsed while playing for Bolton Wanderers in 2012 Scientists say a new scan technique could identify people at risk of collapsing and dying suddenly from a hidden heart condition. Normally, in people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, signs of structural changes in the heart can only be picked up after […]

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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), […]