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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), […]

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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 […]