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‘My son’s severe asthma is very distressing’

Image copyright Asthma UKImage caption Oscar has been in hospital 57 times with his asthma Five-year-old Oscar’s life has regularly hung in the balance because of severe asthma. On his second birthday, he was so ill he did not respond to any medicines, leaving his parents fearing the worst. “I will never forget how his […]

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Haemochromatosis ‘bigger threat than we thought’

Image caption Jenny Lees has haemochromatosis and believes her mother, sister and son died from the condition A “stealth disease” which can cause liver failure, diabetes and severe arthritis may be much more common than previously thought, research has shown. Genetic disorder Haemochromatosis causes the body to absorb too much iron from food and can […]

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Obesity overtaking smoking as biggest Welsh health risk

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMerthyr has the worst child obesity problem but this Cardiff City football programme is encouraging activity Obesity is overtaking smoking as the biggest risk to health in Wales, experts have warned. The “stark” problem with overweight children could also mean this generation will not live as long […]

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Footballers in new concussion study

Former Liverpool keeper Loris Karius sustained a concussion in the 2018 Champions League final Premier League footballers are taking part in a “ground-breaking” new concussion study this season that could lead to pitch-side diagnosis. The study includes saliva and urine samples being taken from players with head injuries and uninjured ‘control’ players by club doctors […]

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Liver transplant ‘game changing’ treatment approved

Image copyright David NasrallaImage caption The normothermic perfusion machine pumps oxygenated blood and nutrients into livers outside the body A new procedure for storing livers donated for transplant has been hailed a “game changer” and approved for use on the NHS. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) say perfusion machines could increase […]

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Contact lens recycling scheme launched across UK

Image copyright Getty Images Contact lens wearers will be able to recycle their lenses for free in a new UK-wide scheme launching this week. Wearers can dispose of their waste at public drop-off points, offered by Boots Opticians and other selected independent stores, or choose to have their old lenses collected. There are 3.7 million […]

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Breast cancer risk test ‘game changer’

Image copyright Getty Images Experts have developed a potentially “game-changing” test to predict a woman’s risk of breast cancer. It combines information on family history and hundreds of genetic markers with other factors, such as weight, to give the most comprehensive assessment possible, says Cancer Research UK. The test is not yet routinely available on […]

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What is the right age to lose your virginity?

Image copyright Getty Images Having sex too soon is the biggest regret of young people losing their virginity, a survey of British sexual behaviour suggests. More than a third of women and a quarter of men in their teens and early 20s admitted it had not been “the right time” when they first had sex. […]