Health

Asthma: Young people in the UK ‘more likely to die’

February 20, 2019

Image copyright Getty Images Young people in the UK are more likely to die from asthma than those in other wealthy countries, a report has found. Death rates for asthma in 10 to 24-year-olds was highest in the UK among all 14 European nations included in an analysis of 19 high-income countries. The UK also […]

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Shark DNA could help cure cancer and age-related illnesses in humans

February 19, 2019

Image copyright Getty Images Great white sharks may hold the secrets to curing cancer and other age-related diseases, experts believe. The first map of great whites sharks’ DNA has revealed “mutations” that protect the animals against cancer and other illnesses. Scientists hope more research could help apply the findings to treating age-related illnesses in humans. […]

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Sepsis: New rapid test ‘could save thousands of lives’

February 19, 2019

Image copyright University of Strathclyde Image caption A close-up of the test device A new rapid test for earlier diagnosis of sepsis has been developed by University of Strathclyde researchers, which they say could save thousands of lives. A microelectrode device analyses the patient’s blood, with results coming through in two-and-a-half minutes. Diagnosing sepsis currently […]

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Meet the women helping fill Russia’s rural healthcare gap

February 19, 2019

In vast, sprawling Russia, many people still live in small villages far from the nearest medical clinic. The government has been busy “optimising” medical care, a euphemism for the closure of thousands of rural hospitals and clinics, to save cash. The situation has got worse in recent years, so now one region has taken matters […]

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What is it like to suffer a stroke at 25?

February 18, 2019

Dancer Emily Cane had everything she wanted from life. Then a heart defect caused a stroke when she was just 25. It meant she had to use a wheelchair for a year. Two years later she still has communication difficulties, but she hopes one day to dance again. There’s more on Inside Out South East […]

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Anorexia recovery: ‘I know the darkest of the darkest’

February 18, 2019

Lara Rebecca, 18, says she knows the “darkest of the darkest” after recovering from the eating disorder anorexia. Lara, from Cardiff, was dangerously thin at the age of 16, but has since returned to a healthy weight with the help of exercise and video blogging. One of her recovery videos has amassed seven million views […]

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Brexit: Will Brits living in the EU still get healthcare?

February 18, 2019

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, reciprocal healthcare arrangements will not automatically survive. The UK is trying to reach agreements with EU governments to extend them. For emergency treatment on holiday, UK nationals can use their EHIC card if they fall ill in another EU country, but if there is a no-deal […]

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Parents of sick babies need more leave, charity says

February 17, 2019

Image copyright Submitted picture Image caption After Gabriel was born 15 weeks premature, his mum had to leave her job Two thirds of fathers of premature and sick babies are being forced to return to work while their child is in intensive care, a charity has said. Of 737 parents surveyed by the neonatal charity […]

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Medicinal cannabis: Why has it taken so long to get to patients?

February 16, 2019

Image copyright Google Medicinal cannabis was legalised last year but so far, virtually no-one in the UK has been able to access it. Now, enough cannabis to treat 30 patients for a month has arrived in the UK from the Netherlands. Four patients with prescriptions, all to treat chronic pain, will receive cannabis-derived medicines immediately. […]

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Short bursts of intense exercise ‘better for weight loss’

February 16, 2019

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sprint interval training is most effective for weight loss, researchers suggest Bursts of high intensity interval training (Hiit) may be more effective for weight loss than longer less intense workouts, a study suggests. The research, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, analysed results from 36 earlier studies. […]

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