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Hot summer leading to ‘toxic’ algae

Image copyright Centre for Ecology & HydrologyImage caption A freshwater ecologist says blue-green algae had been a particular problem this summer Potentially toxic algae is blooming in rivers and lochs during Scotland’s long, hot summer, scientists have warned. Blue-green algae, which poses a health risk to humans and animals, has flourished during the warm spell. […]

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Heatwave causes spike in insect bite calls to NHS

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe horsefly slices a small cut in your skin and soaks up the blood Although many of us are enjoying the balmy temperatures of this year’s heatwave, unfortunately for some, biting insects are flourishing too. Calls to the NHS helpline 111 about insect bites are almost double […]

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The Cardiff woman who is allergic to water

Cherelle Farrugia, a 25-year-old mum from Cardiff, breaks out in a painful rash every time she comes into contact with water. She was diagnosed with a rare condition called aquagenic urticaria earlier this year after giving birth to her daughter. Here she answers some of the most common questions she’s asked about her condition. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-44823674

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The eye doctor who could not see the stars

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow an app gave a boy his sight back For many years, Dr Andrew Bastawrous could not see clearly enough to spot the leaves on trees or the stars in the sky. Teachers kept telling him he was lazy and he kept missing the football during games. […]

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Seven-year-old granted cannabis licence

Image copyright Gibson familyImage caption Sophia Gibson from Newtownards, County Down has Dravet Syndrome A seven-year-old girl who suffers with a rare genetic condition has been granted a license for medicinal cannabis. Sophia Gibson, from Newtownards, County Down suffers with Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. The condition is caused by a rare genetic […]

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NHS still reliant on ‘archaic’ fax machines

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Doctors are using old-fashioned fax machines to communicate Hospitals are still reliant on “archaic” fax machines with thousands still in use, a survey shows. Senior doctors said the continued use of the outdated technology was “ludicrous”, and modern forms of communication were urgently needed. The poll, by the Royal College […]

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‘Virtual reality cured my fear of heights’

Image copyright Fay NugentImage caption Fay celebrating her achievement at a rooftop bar Fay Nugent developed a fear of heights in her 30s. “It began after I went on a girls’ weekend away,” she says. “We had gone on an adventure activity called a tree-top walk. “I managed to climb up to do it – […]

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Could artificial intelligence replace doctors?

UK company Babylon Health is testing an artificially intelligent medical chatbot in Rwanda. A patient’s symptoms are entered into the chatbot and it then suggests what needs to be done. But suggestions that the tech can beat GPs at a medical exam have caused controversy. BBC Click finds out more. See more at Click’s website […]

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Emerging sex disease MG ‘could become next superbug’

Image copyright Getty Images A little known sexually transmitted infection could become the next superbug unless people become more vigilant, experts are warning. Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) often has no symptoms but can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can leave some women infertile. MG can be missed – and if it is not treated correctly, it […]