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Concerns over new ‘menopause delay’ procedure

Image caption Savannah hopes to delay the onset of the menopause Experts have raised concern over a new medical procedure that claims to allow women to delay the onset of the menopause by over a decade. Its long-term safety and success remains untested – but some women have already paid at least £6,000 for the […]

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Woman died after being told smear test was ‘normal’

Image caption Julie O’Connor died from cervical cancer in February 2019 after being wrongly diagnosed A nurse died from cervical cancer after being wrongly informed a smear test and biopsy were normal, an inquest heard. Julie O’Connor, from Thornbury, died in February after being mistakenly given the all-clear in 2014 and 2015. She had repeatedly […]

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Prostate overtakes breast as ‘most common cancer’

Image copyright Prostate Cancer UK Prostate cancer is now the most commonly diagnosed cancer in England, overtaking breast cancer for the first time, latest figures show. In 2018 there were nearly 50,000 registered cases – around 8,000 more than in 2017. Public Health England says it is because more men are getting tested. And that […]

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Calls for ‘virginity repair’ surgery to be banned

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption At least 22 private clinics offer hymen-repair surgery in the UK Campaigners are urging the government to outlaw “virginity repair” surgery. Many Muslim women risk being outcast, or in extreme cases killed, if their spouses or families discover they have had sex before marriage. And some are opting for a […]

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‘Postnatal depression doesn’t only affect mums’

A university lecturer who suffered severe postnatal depression is calling for all new dads to be screened for history of mental illnesses. Prof Viren Swami, based at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, was diagnosed after struggling following the birth of his son two years ago. “At one point it probably dawned on me that I […]

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China coronavirus: Death toll rises as disease spreads

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat’s life like in quarantined Wuhan? The death toll from a newly-discovered coronavirus in China has risen to 41 on the day of the Lunar New Year. Another 15 deaths in Hubei province, where the outbreak began, were announced on Saturday. Health officials are struggling to contain […]