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Beauticians dropped from new cosmetic filler register

Image copyright Science Photo Library Beauticians have been banned from joining a new register designed to make getting injected with fillers safer. The voluntary register was opened by the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners in April to everyone trained to a high standard. But now it will include only those with medical training, after doctors […]

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Why 'stealth spheres' are making you ill

Image copyright Getty Images A nefarious trick used by viruses to make us sick – “stealth spheres” – has been discovered by scientists. It had been thought viruses were all lone wolves, each on a solo campaign of infection. Instead they can form “packs” of up to 40 viruses and surround themselves with a fatty […]

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Women 'need to know egg freezing risk'

Image copyright Science Photo Library Women who freeze their eggs need to be aware of the “relatively low success rates” of becoming pregnant, a leading gynaecologist has said. With more women freezing eggs past the age of 35, when chances of conceiving fall, Prof Adam Balen said: “Egg freezing does not guarantee a baby.” However, […]

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No going back in Argentina's abortion debate

Image copyright AFP Image caption The green kerchief is worn by pro-choice activists of all ages It is the middle of winter in Buenos Aires, but a spring-like green has blossomed in the city in recent months. Everywhere you go, you see women wearing emerald pañuelos (bandanas) around their necks, wrapped around their wrists, or […]

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UK among worst for life expectancy rises

Image copyright Getty Images Increases in life expectancy in the UK have stalled and the slowdown is one of the biggest among 20 of the world’s leading economies, ONS data shows. Rises in life expectancy in the UK dropped from 17.3 weeks per year from 2006 to 2011 to 4.2 weeks per year from 2011 […]

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Women doctors 'best for female heart patients'

Image copyright Getty Images Women who have a heart attack are more likely to survive if they are treated by a female doctor in hospital, a major US study suggests. An analysis of 580,000 heart attack cases over 19 years found 13.3% died after being treated by a man compared with 12% who were cared […]

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Bid to end NHS-funded homeopathic treatment in Bristol

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The British Homeopathic Association said it demonstrated a lack of long-term decision-making by NHS bosses The last place in England to offer publicly-funded homeopathy could stop providing the practice on the NHS. Bristol’s clinical commissioning group (CCG) is meeting to discuss ending NHS-funded homeopathic treatment except in exceptional circumstances. […]

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Are women turning their back on the pill?

Image copyright Getty Images More women than ever are ditching the pill and condoms in favour of “long-acting reversible contraceptives”, including the implant or coil. And younger women are the biggest adopters, according to figures from the NHS in England. In 2007, 21% of women in England accessing contraception through dedicated NHS sexual health clinics […]

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Safety concerns over websites selling prescription drugs

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNicki and Eleanor both managed to buy prescription-only drugs through online doctor sites England’s healthcare regulator is calling for a change in the law to protect patients using online doctor sites selling prescription-only drugs. It comes after a BBC Panorama investigation exposed safety concerns relating to websites […]