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Mental Health: Tougher checks before Superdrug Botox

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS has told Superdrug it could do more to protect the mental health of customers who want injections to smooth skin or plump lips. The High Street chain started offering Botox and dermal fillers last year. But the NHS said the injections risked fuelling mental health disorders about appearance – […]

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IVF dad 'floored' over baby he did not consent to

Image caption The man sued a London IVF clinic after his ex-partner forged his signature to use frozen embryos A father, whose ex-partner forged his signature to conceive a child via an IVF clinic, said he was “absolutely floored” when he found out. The man, who can only be identified as ARB, sued IVF Hammersmith […]

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IVF couple have triplets after sex mistake

A mother who turned to IVF after years of trying in vain for a baby said she was shocked to find out she was expecting triplets – two of whom had been conceived naturally. Betty Bienias and her husband Pawel, from Corsham, had been trying to have children for seven years. When the couple eventually […]

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'My son's severe asthma is very distressing'

Image copyright Asthma UK Image caption Oscar has been in hospital 57 times with his asthma Five-year-old Oscar’s life has regularly hung in the balance because of severe asthma. On his second birthday, he was so ill he did not respond to any medicines, leaving his parents fearing the worst. “I will never forget how […]

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'I wanted a black belt at the age of 75'

Three people in their 70s have earned a black belt in Taekwondo having only taken up the martial art five years ago. Seventy-five year olds Keith Harry and Jean Glanville, and 70-year-old Kathy Harry, earned their belts after attending classes at their local village hall in Grafton Regis, Northamptonshire. Another woman in the group – […]

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The diet to save lives, the planet and feed us all?

Image copyright Getty Images A diet has been developed that promises to save lives, feed 10 billion people and all without causing catastrophic damage to the planet. Scientists have been trying to figure out how we are going to feed billions more people in the decades to come. Their answer – “the planetary health diet” […]

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Footballers in new concussion study

Former Liverpool keeper Loris Karius sustained a concussion in the 2018 Champions League final Premier League footballers are taking part in a “ground-breaking” new concussion study this season that could lead to pitch-side diagnosis. The study includes saliva and urine samples being taken from players with head injuries and uninjured ‘control’ players by club doctors […]

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Liver transplant 'game changing' treatment approved

Image copyright David Nasralla Image caption The normothermic perfusion machine pumps oxygenated blood and nutrients into livers outside the body A new procedure for storing livers donated for transplant has been hailed a “game changer” and approved for use on the NHS. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) say perfusion machines could […]

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The ultrasound scan you can do yourself

US company Butterfly Networks has produced an ultrasound scanner that plugs into an iPhone and can be bought by anyone for $2,000 (£1,555). Its inventor, Jonathan Rothberg, claims it will have as much impact on healthcare as the stethoscope did 200 years ago. This is part of the BBC’s Disruptors series. You can read the […]