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IVF: NHS couples ‘face social rationing’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSarah Dean was told she was not eligible for IVF on the NHS as her husband has children from a previous relationship The parents of the world’s first IVF baby – born 40 years ago next week – would not have got the procedure on the NHS […]

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Alternative cancer therapies linked to reduced survival

Image copyright Getty Images Cancer patients who use alternative therapies may be more likely to shun conventional treatments and risk their chances of survival, research suggests. A study of 1,290 patients in the US found people who received such therapies often refused life-saving care such as chemotherapy or surgery. Fewer of them survived five years […]

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Medicinal cannabis ‘should be available on prescription’

Image caption The parents of Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley want the boys to be able to access cannabis oil legally to control their seizures Doctors in the UK should have the option to prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products to patients with certain medical conditions, drugs experts have advised the government. The Advisory Council on the […]

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Morrisons introduces ‘autistic shopping hour’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBBC Breakfast’s Tim Muffett goes shopping with Joanne Tang and her son Oscar, who has autism Supermarket chain Morrisons has introduced a weekly “quieter hour” for autistic shoppers who struggle with music and noise. Its 439 UK stores will dim lights, turn music off, avoid using the […]

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Private firms cash in on over-stretched NHS

Image copyright Getty Images Under-pressure NHS services in England are spending over £1bn a year buying care from outside the NHS because they are unable to keep up with demand. The bill is being racked up by hospitals, ambulances and mental health trusts, data obtained by the BBC shows. NHS managers said money was being […]

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Patients face autism referral and assessment ‘lottery’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Children and adults may be missing out on educational support if there are delays Children and adults in England can face a wait of more than two years for an autism assessment, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. National guidelines state that the process of diagnosis should start within three […]

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Is heading a football bad for your health?

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption England tackled Sweden in their World Cup quarter-final Headed goals by Harry Kane and Harry Maguire were among those which propelled England to their best World Cup performance since 1990. But can repetitive heading cause damage to the brain and lead to long-term health problems? A new study of 300 […]

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Parents warned over ‘toxic’ slime

Image copyright Getty Images Parents are being warned about potentially toxic levels of chemicals in slime toys popular with children. The consumer group Which? tested 11 of the most popular products on the market and found eight of them had above the recommended levels of boron. The chemical is found in borax, a common ingredient […]