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'I gave birth, and got Hepatitis C'

Image caption Jackie describes the effects of having hepatitis C as “trauma after trauma” When Jackie Britton was given a blood transfusion after childbirth, she thought it was saving her life. But the infected blood could have killed her. There are thought to be thousands like her. They often overlooked in the wider NHS contaminated […]

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'Don't go cold turkey' to quit smoking

Image copyright Getty Images Smokers looking to quit as part of the annual Stoptober campaign are being warned not to go “cold turkey”. Government health officials have said smokers stand a much greater chance of succeeding giving up by using official NHS support or turning to e-cigarettes. Research has shown only 4% of those who […]

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'We're in love but never have sex'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJacob and Charlotte: ‘We haven’t had sex in three years’ Some 18% of respondents under the age of 30 have had sex fewer than 10 times in the past year, a survey of 2,000 people on websites Mumsnet and Gransnet has found. Among all ages, the figure […]

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'We haven't had sex in three years'

A survey of 2,000 Mumsnet and Gransnet users has found 29% have had sex fewer than 10 times in the past year. Jacob and Charlotte are in a loving relationship, but have not had sex in three years. Watch the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme on weekdays between 09:00 and 11:00 BST on BBC Two and […]

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Jelly treats for dementia sufferers

Lewis Hornby invented Jelly Drops, a hydrating treat for people with dementia, after his grandmother was hospitalised for dehydration. Dehydration is a serious problem for people with dementia as they often forget or don’t want to drink, and Lewis hopes his invention, which is 90% water, can help. Lewis has won several awards for his […]

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Are drink-driving limits too high?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption How many drinks takes you over the limit varies from person to person Have you ever decided to drive your car after a few drinks and wondered whether you were close to the limit – if it was safe? If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you […]

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Making sure you get the right type of calorie

Image copyright Getty Images The British Nutrition Foundation is launching a concept called the “quality calorie”, to make people think more about the types of foods they eat. While most adults consume more than they need, simply counting calories and cutting down is not enough, it says. It wants people to look at nutritional values […]

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Yoghurts (even organic ones) 'full of sugar'

Image copyright Getty Images Many yoghurts are full of sugar and the public should not be lulled into thinking they are eating healthy products, researchers say. The conclusion comes after a study of almost 900 yoghurts on sale in UK supermarkets. The research found that organic yoghurts were among the most sugary types. Only natural […]