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Editing human embryos 'morally permissible'

Image copyright Getty Images Should we or shouldn’t we be allowed to modify human DNA in future children? An inquiry into the ethical issues surrounding genetically altering a human embryo has found there is “no absolute reason not to pursue it”. But appropriate measures must be put in place before it becomes UK law, said […]

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Adenomyosis: Pain '10 times worse than childbirth'

It’s an illness that few people have heard of, but affects millions of women worldwide. Adenomyosis causes really heavy periods and intense pelvic pain, and it’s very hard to diagnose. For some, a hysterectomy is the only cure. It can be isolating, but for these women, a Facebook group has become a crucial source of […]

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Hot summer leading to 'toxic' algae

Image copyright Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Image caption A freshwater ecologist says blue-green algae had been a particular problem this summer Potentially toxic algae is blooming in rivers and lochs during Scotland’s long, hot summer, scientists have warned. Blue-green algae, which poses a health risk to humans and animals, has flourished during the warm […]

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Heatwave causes spike in insect bite calls to NHS

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The horsefly bite can lead to infection Although many of us are enjoying the balmy temperatures of this year’s heatwave, unfortunately for some, biting insects are flourishing too. Calls to the NHS helpline 111 about insect bites are almost double the rate they normally are at this time of […]

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The Cardiff woman who is allergic to water

Cherelle Farrugia, a 25-year-old mum from Cardiff, breaks out in a painful rash every time she comes into contact with water. She was diagnosed with a rare condition called aquagenic urticaria earlier this year after giving birth to her daughter. Here she answers some of the most common questions she’s asked about her condition. Source […]

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The eye doctor who could not see the stars

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow an app gave a boy his sight back For many years, Dr Andrew Bastawrous could not see clearly enough to spot the leaves on trees or the stars in the sky. Teachers kept telling him he was lazy and he kept missing the football during games. […]

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Seven-year-old granted cannabis licence

Image copyright Gibson family Image caption Sophia Gibson from Newtownards, County Down has Dravet Syndrome A seven-year-old girl who suffers with a rare genetic condition has been granted a license for medicinal cannabis. Sophia Gibson, from Newtownards, County Down suffers with Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. The condition is caused by a rare […]

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Mencap wins 'unaffordable' overnight back pay appeal

Image copyright Getty Images The charity Mencap has won an appeal against rulings that meant they and other care providers would have to fund back pay for overnight care workers. Providers of care for people with serious learning disabilities argued that they could not afford a bill of around £400 million. They said smaller employers […]

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Peter Baldwin: Type 1 diabetes test backed after boy's death

Image copyright Diabetes UK Cymru Image caption The Baldwin family have campaigned for change in Peter’s memory Routine screening for type 1 diabetes in children and young people should be introduced to put a stop to preventable deaths, a report says. Early identification is key to tackling the sometimes fatal condition, a Welsh assembly committee […]

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NHS still reliant on 'archaic' fax machines

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Doctors are using old-fashioned fax machines to communicate Hospitals are still reliant on “archaic” fax machines with thousands still in use, a survey shows. Senior doctors said the continued use of the outdated technology was “ludicrous”, and modern forms of communication were urgently needed. The poll, by the Royal […]

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'Virtual reality cured my fear of heights'

Image copyright Fay Nugent Image caption Fay celebrating her achievement at a rooftop bar Fay Nugent developed a fear of heights in her 30s. “It began after I went on a girls’ weekend away,” she says. “We had gone on an adventure activity called a tree-top walk. “I managed to climb up to do it […]