Health

Sore knee? Maybe you have a fabella

April 18, 2019

Image copyright Imperial College London Image caption The arrow on the scan shows where the fabella is – behind the knee A little bone in the knee scientists thought was being lost to evolution seems to be making a comeback, say experts from Imperial College London. The fabella is found in some people buried in […]

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Mother ‘felt suicidal’ after baby death news reports

April 18, 2019

Image copyright Holly Eastall Image caption Holly Eastall and her baby son Louie who died from sudden infant death syndrome A mother who lost her son to cot death says she wants a change in how such cases are reported after misleading headlines left her feeling “suicidal”. Holly Eastall, 23, from Kingston, south-west London, was […]

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People with learning disabilities ‘trapped’ in hospitals as target missed

April 18, 2019

Image copyright Getty Images An NHS target to reduce the number of people with learning disabilities being treated in long-stay hospitals has been missed, resulting in more than 2,200 remaining in-patients in England. Charities say they are at risk of abuse and neglect in hospital units and should be cared for in homes in the […]

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Pembrokeshire GP job ad admits ‘the hours stink’

April 18, 2019

Image copyright Dave Wilson Image caption Dave Wilson tweeted “you make a difference and so despite it all this is why we’re still plodding” A GP has tweeted a job advert for his surgery saying: “I won’t sugarcoat it… we’re heavily undermanned and the hours stink.” Dave Wilson, from Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, said his surgery, […]

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‘My boyfriend’s sperm, or a donor’s?’

April 18, 2019

Women who freeze their eggs have 10 years to use them before they are destroyed, unless they have certain medical conditions. It means at the 10-year mark, many are left with the heartbreaking decision of whether to forego their chance of having a baby, or rush to find a sperm donor. “Emma” froze her eggs […]

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‘The doctor wrote a question mark for my child’s sex’

April 18, 2019

When doctors wrote a question mark instead of a sex on her child’s birth papers, Catherine filed a high court case that has prompted Kenya to start changing its approach to intersex children. The year is 2009. It’s been five days since Catherine (not her real name) gave birth to her first child at the […]

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HIV used to cure ‘bubble boy’ disease

April 17, 2019

Image copyright Courtesy of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital Image caption Gael, a patient at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital who received treatment, with his mother US scientists say they used HIV to make a gene therapy that cured eight infants of severe combined immunodeficiency, or “bubble boy” disease. Results of the research, developed at […]

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Salon opens ‘safe space’ for breastfeeding mums in Dereham

April 17, 2019

A beauty salon owner has invited mums to use her business as a place to breastfeed their babies, after her sister was made to feel “uncomfortable” doing it in public. Kay Willmott, who runs Elle Belle’s Beauty Studio in Dereham, Norfolk, said: “You’ve got no control over when your child needs to feed, and you […]

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Pig brains partially revived four hours after death

April 17, 2019

Image copyright Getty Images US scientists have partially revived pig brains four hours after the animals were slaughtered. The findings could fuel debate about the barrier between life and death, and provide a new way of researching diseases like Alzheimer’s. The study showed the death of brain cells could be halted and that some connections […]

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Ipswich ‘killing-suicide’: Crisis team ‘missed opportunity’

April 17, 2019

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Thomas and Katherine Kemp were found dead in Ipswich on 6 August A mental health trust has been criticised for failing to prevent a patient killing his wife and then taking his own life. Thomas and Katherine Kemp were found dead in Ipswich on 6 August. An inquest heard Mrs […]

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