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Debunking Zambia's prostate cancer myths

Medical reports show that African men suffer disproportionately from prostate cancer compared to men from other parts of the world. But few African countries have strategies in place for early detection or public awareness campaigns about the disease. BBC Africa’s … Continue reading

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Warnings despite upturn in NHS finances

Health bosses are warning the NHS in England is still in a precarious position despite an upturn in its financial performance in recent months. Last year NHS trusts recorded their biggest ever overspend, but accounts for the first quarter of … Continue reading

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Rotavirus infections 'greatly reduced' since vaccine

Rotavirus infections fell by 84% in England since a vaccine for babies was introduced in 2013, figures from Public Health England suggest. Recorded cases dropped from an average of 14,510 a year in the decade before the vaccine was introduced … Continue reading

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Learning difficulties linked with winter conception

Learning difficulties are more common in children conceived during winter months, new research has found. A study led by the University of Glasgow discovered the seasonal pattern was observed in children who had autism or conditions such as dyslexia. The … Continue reading

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Experts say stronger MDMA and ecstasy is causing 'more mental issues'

There’s a warning that increasingly strong ecstasy and MDMA is causing the biggest risk to users’ mental health in decades. Ecstasy is getting stronger and experts are worried the negative effects the drug has on people are getting worse. Professor … Continue reading

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Potent pills

Ecstasy, or MDMA, is becoming more readily available to buy, particularly on the so-called “dark web”. And this has seen the drug grow in popularity, and in strength. Leslie – not his real name – is 18, and has come … Continue reading

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Care Forum Wales chairman: Triple whammy hitting care homes

Urgent action is needed to deal with the “triple whammy” hitting care homes and domiciliary care companies, the chairman of Care Forum Wales has said. Mario Kreft claimed the industry faced chronic underfunding, issues surrounding staff pay increases and a … Continue reading

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Antrim Area Hospital: Man says human rights 'violated' by DNR order

A County Antrim man who was unaware that a “do not resuscitate” (DNR) order had been placed on his medical file has said he feels his human rights have been violated. Neill Birnie is paralysed from the neck down as … Continue reading

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Could mouthwash combat gonorrhoea?

“A gargle a day keeps gonorrhoea away” is an unlikely slogan, but researchers believe it could hold some truth. Recent studies have shown people can carry the sexually transmitted infection in their throats for weeks or months without symptoms. And … Continue reading

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Fewer deaths and cases of heart disease in Wales

Fewer people are dying or suffering from heart disease in Wales, with falls in smoking and binge drinking helping. Deaths have fallen by a quarter, from just over 12,000 in 2005 to just over 8,800 in 2014, according to the … Continue reading

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