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Swansea boy's 'neck pain' was rare throat cancer

Image copyright Rhian John / Hook News Image caption McKenzie John is due to undergo proton beam therapy next month An eight-year-old boy who complained of neck pain while his mother washed his hair was diagnosed with a rare cancer. McKenzie John, from Swansea, is undergoing chemotherapy to treat a nasopharyngeal tumour. The youngster is […]

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Mental health nurses join police officers on duty

Police in Berkshire have stopped more than 150 mental health patients from being sectioned or detained unnecessarily in cells over the past year. Officers credit an initiative where mental health nurses join them on duty for an evening. Thames Valley Police said the “invaluable” service saves officers’ time because the nurses have access to medical […]

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Clampdown planned for British online pharmacies

Image caption Debbie Headspeath bought codeine from online pharmacies New rules to keep people safe when buying medications from online pharmacies have been described as a “big step forward” by Britain’s pharmacy regulator. It comes after patients and relatives raised concerns, as well as an investigation by BBC Panorama. The General Pharmaceutical Council has issued […]

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Sleep myths 'damaging your health'

Image copyright Getty Images Widely held myths about sleep are damaging our health and our mood, as well as shortening our lives, say researchers. A team at New York University trawled the internet to find the most common claims about a good night’s kip. Then, in a study published in the journal Sleep Health, they […]

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How we became part of a kidney swap chain

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Edinburgh couple who are part of a kidney transplant chain When Mandy Murray found out she needed a new kidney her husband Graham volunteered to be a donor but was told he was not a match. Instead the couple became part of a kidney swap chain, […]

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Statins 'don't work well for one in two people'

Image copyright Getty Images Cholesterol-lowering “statin” drugs taken by millions of Britons may not work well enough in about half of those prescribed them, research suggests. UK investigators looked at 165,000 patients on statins and found that for one in two, the drugs had too little effect on bad cholesterol – one of the big […]

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Measles cases triple globally in 2019, says UN

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The World Health Organization says the latest figures paint “an alarming picture” The number of measles cases reported worldwide in the first three months of 2019 has tripled compared with the same time last year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The UN body said provisional data indicated […]

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Spina bifida womb op baby back home in Essex

Image copyright Bethan Simpson Image caption Bethan Simpson said Elouise “came out literally kicking and screaming – and peeing all over the place – so she ticked all the boxes” A baby who had surgery on her spine while still in her mother’s womb is home with her family and “doing brilliantly”. Bethan Simpson, 26, […]

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Is it really worth injecting vitamins?

Image copyright Getty Images There is a growing trend for intravenous “vitamin” drips – but what are the risks? And do they even work? Last month, a 51-year-old woman from Hunan, China, nearly died after blending 20 different fruits to create a homemade intravenous (IV) drip. She thought vitamins from the fresh fruit would benefit […]