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VIDEO: The makeshift ‘protection’ for Ebola

The BBC’s Anne Soy reports from Ghana, where health care workers in one hospital serving Liberian refugees have had to use rain coats instead of proper protective gear against Ebola. This is despite Ebola-free West African countries claiming to be … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding photo ‘goes viral’

28 October 2014 Last updated at 18:13 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Emma Bond pleased that Facebook has changed its policy A photograph of a mother breastfeeding her premature baby has gone viral after it was … Continue reading

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Genes ‘play role in Ebola survival’

31 October 2014 Last updated at 00:36 A burial team take away a victim of the Ebola virus Genetic factors could play an important role in whether people survive the Ebola virus, say US scientists. A study of mice infected … Continue reading

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Cancer survival rates ‘improving’

30 October 2014 Last updated at 12:59 Prostate cancer survival rates are expected to improve for patients diagnosed in 2013 Most people diagnosed with cancer in England in recent years are surviving for longer, according to the latest statistics. Eighty … Continue reading

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Why scratching ‘intensifies itching’

30 October 2014 Last updated at 17:14 Itchiness can be caused by a number of factors Research into itching has indicated why scratching can paradoxically make you feel more itchy. A study in mice found that “scratch cycles” get harder … Continue reading

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New strike by NHS staff announced

30 October 2014 Last updated at 17:05 Midwives went on strike for the first time over a pay dispute on 13 October NHS workers, including nurses and midwives, are to stage a new four-hour strike in England on 24 November … Continue reading

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NHS trusts counting on bailouts

29 October 2014 Last updated at 17:50 By Jon Manel PM, BBC Radio 4 A growing number of NHS trusts is likely to require interim support in future, says Nuffield Trust chief executive Nigel Edwards Some NHS hospital trusts in … Continue reading

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Study points to new autism risks

30 October 2014 Last updated at 01:04 The study linked 33 genes to autism. A massive international study has started to unpick the “fine details” of why some people develop autism, researchers have said. They looked at thousands of DNA … Continue reading

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UK national sperm bank starts work

30 October 2014 Last updated at 01:00 By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website A UK national sperm bank – charged with reversing a growing shortage of donor sperm – has started work in Birmingham. Fertility clinics have become … Continue reading

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‘Failure’ in care of injured veterans

29 October 2014 Last updated at 10:43 By Sima Kotecha Today programme Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Simon Brown, former Army corporal: ‘I have had to jump through hoops’ The government is failing to abide by … Continue reading

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