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Mentally ill ‘spend months on hidden waiting list’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhile waiting for therapy, Paul tried to take his own life Patients with mental illnesses are left languishing for months on “hidden” waiting lists by England’s NHS talking therapy service, the BBC can reveal. The service – called Improving Access to Psychological Therapies – provides therapy, such […]

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Seizures of illegal diazepam tablets double in a year

Image copyright Getty Images The number of illegal diazepam tablets seized entering the UK has more than doubled in a year, figures obtained by the Victoria Derbyshire programme show. Some 1.3 million were intercepted in the postal system by the UK’s Border Force in 2018, up from 545,000 in 2017. Doctors warn the authenticity of […]

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Typhoid vaccine ‘works fantastically well’

Image copyright Gates Archive/Samantha Reinders A new typhoid vaccine works “fantastically well” and is being used to help stop an almost untreatable strain of the infection, doctors say. Cases of the bacterial disease fell by more than 80% in trials, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Experts said the vaccine was a game-changer […]

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Once-a-month oral contraceptive pill in tests

Image copyright Getty Images Researchers have developed a once-a-month oral contraceptive pill that they say would offer women more choice and control over their fertility. Once swallowed, the pill remains in the stomach for weeks, slowly releasing hormones to prevent a pregnancy. It is specially designed to resist immediate attack by stomach acid. A US […]

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UK patient diagnosed with monkeypox

Image copyright GoogleImage caption The patient is receiving care at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London A patient has been diagnosed with the rare viral infection monkeypox in the south west of England. It is believed the patient contracted the infection while visiting Nigeria, Public Health England (PHE) said. According to the World […]

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‘Sugar overload’ warning for festive hot drinks

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Syrups can greatly increase the sugar content of drinks Seasonal lattes and hot chocolates being sold by some High-Street coffee chains can contain up to 23 spoonfuls of sugar per cup, a study has found. Action on Sugar analysed more than 200 drinks and found “shockingly” large amounts of sugar […]

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Health strike: Action could delay cancer diagnoses, trust claims

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIndustrial action ‘may delay cancer diagnoses’ says Belfast Trust Patients in Northern Ireland are facing a week of disruption, with more than 10,000 outpatient appointments and surgeries cancelled in Belfast. Some people referred by their GPs on suspicion of cancer could have their diagnosis delayed, the head […]

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Child life expectancy projections cut by years

Image copyright Getty Images Years have been knocked off official projections of children’s life expectancies in the UK, an Office for National Statistics (ONS) report shows. A baby girl born in 2019 is now expected to celebrate three fewer birthdays on average, than under previous calculations. Official 2014 data thought that girl would make it […]

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Jack Savoretti messages cancer girl Anna Drysdale

Pop star Jack Savoretti has got behind a campaign to raise £460,000 for an eight-year-old girl with a rare form of bone cancer. The star sent Anna Drysdale a message saying he would help her in any way he could. Anna, from Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma when she was five years old, […]

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Latex allergy: ‘A balloon could kill me’

Image caption Liz Knight can no longer read a newspaper or touch the buttons on her remote controls, because they both contain latex Balloons are a common sight at children’s birthdays, weddings, restaurants and shops. But Liz Knight has spent most of her life avoiding them because coming into contact with one could kill her. […]

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Morning-after pill ‘should be sold off the shelf’

Image copyright Getty Images Women and girls should be able to get hold of emergency contraception more easily without the need for a consultation with a pharmacist, say women’s health experts. A report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommends the morning-after pill “should be sold straight off the shelf”, like condoms. There […]