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Brain scans 'may spot teen drug problems'

An international team of scientists say the way teenagers’ brains are wired may help predict whether they will develop drug problems in the future. The team looked at adolescents who were generally more impulsive than their peers – a trait … Continue reading

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Life expectancy to break 90 barrier by 2030

South Korean women will be the first in the world to have an average life expectancy above 90, a study suggests. Imperial College London and the World Health Organization analysed lifespans in 35 industrialised countries. It predicted all would see … Continue reading

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10,000 steps a day is a meaningless fitness goal, says science

A scientist in the US claims fitness apps could be “doing more harm than good”. Dr Greg Hager, a computer science expert, has told Newsbeat “very few” of them have any base in scientific evidence. Many of the most popular … Continue reading

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Testosterone replacement for men 'trade-off with risks'

Older men with low testosterone levels might benefit from hormone treatment for healthy bones, but it may also increase their risk of heart problems, US trials suggest. Levels of the male hormone gradually decrease naturally as men get older. Doctors … Continue reading

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Healthcare Quality Indicators: Wales 'in line' with UK average

Wales is doing as well as, and in some areas better than, other UK nations in a range of health quality indicators. Figures directly comparing the NHS in the four UK nations have been released for the first time. Stroke … Continue reading

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The meerkats helping disabled people

Two meerkats are being used for therapy sessions in homes which care for people with learning disabilities. The females, Mia and Kat, are owned by Joe Hodgson, from North Yorkshire. Mr Hodgson said the therapy sessions, which involve watching the … Continue reading

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Children's hospital is first to be rated 'outstanding'

A specialist children’s hospital has become the first of its kind to receive a rating of “outstanding” from healthcare inspectors in England. Birmingham Children’s Hospital was criticised eight years ago for having insufficient numbers of beds, operating theatres and trained … Continue reading

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The man championing wheelchair tourism in Brazil

Brazilian Ricardo Shimosakai has been a wheelchair user since 2001, when he was shot after an attempted kidnapping. He is now a tourist agent who specialises in finding holiday packages for people with mobility issues, but finds his biggest challenge … Continue reading

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'No dignity' for disabled kids in parks

It is getting harder to find places for disabled children to visit where they “don’t feel ostracised”, says one of the founders of a campaign for better facilities for disabled children. NI Parents for Change was started by the mothers … Continue reading

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£95m for healthcare professionals' education and training

A £95m package to support a range of education and training programmes for healthcare professionals in Wales has been announced. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said it would support physiotherapists, nurses, radiographers and a range of health science training opportunities. He … Continue reading

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