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Insomnia: ‘No link’ between sleepless nights and early death

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There's some good news for people with insomnia - your lack of sleep is probably not going to kill you.A new report published by the journal Science Direct says there is no link between insomnia and early death.This may or may not come as some comfort to anyone who's lying awake at 4am in the morning panicking about nothing whatsoever.Scientists reviewed 17 studies, which covered
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YouTube stunts lead to rise in Swansea hospital burns victims

[ad_1] Image copyright Abertawe Bro Morgannwg UHB Image caption Plastic surgeon Jeremy Yarrow said patients were being left with lifelong scars A YouTube stunt craze has led to a rise in teenage burns victims being treated at a specialist unit, medics say.Staff at Morriston Hospital, Swansea say teenagers filming themselves doing dangerous stunts in the hope of becoming social media stars are ending up with serious burns.Most are dealt with
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Flu vaccine delays for over-65s ‘resolved by weekend’

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library GPs and patients frustrated by a shortage of the new flu vaccine for over-65s are being told the final delivery batch will arrive by Saturday.NHS England said there would be enough vaccines for everyone to be protected ahead of winter.But doctors' leaders said more guidance should have been given to GPs and patients to avoid disruption over the phased delivery of supplies.Older adults are
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NHS bosses look to overhaul cancer screening

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library Cancer screening programmes are to be reviewed following high-profile mistakes that have put thousands of patients in England at risk.NHS England has asked former government cancer tsar Sir Mike Richards to look at what changes are needed.Three national schemes cover breast, cervical and bowel cancers.On Wednesday, it emerged letters about the cervical cancer tests that should have gone to 40,000 women between January and
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‘New mums need to be given better health education’

[ad_1] Image caption George Roach says grief for his wife Michelle "fills every part" of his life New mothers need more education about the dangers of pulmonary embolisms, according to a man whose wife died six weeks after giving birth.Michelle Roach, from Bracknell, died from a blocked blood vessel in her lung in 2014.A coroner ruled on Friday that both a GP and hospital staff had missed opportunities to treat
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Pollution linked to ‘stunted lung capacity’ in London schoolchildren

[ad_1] Image copyright Queen Mary University of London Image caption An approximate 5% reduction in children's lung capacity was linked to exposures to diesel-dominated air pollution Children living in London boroughs with high diesel pollution suffer from stunted lung capacity, putting them at risk of early death, a study has said.Pupils living in areas that failed to meet EU nitrogen dioxide limits were at increased risk of lung disease, researchers
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Should we pay people for donating blood?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The global blood plasma industry will be worth $44.3bn by 2022, according to one estimate Scotty Hearron says he was a "broke college student" the first time he got paid for donating some of his blood plasma.This was a few years ago when he was at university in Oregon.Having plasma extracted eight times over a four-week period (the maximum allowed in the US)
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‘I avoid kissing as my peanut allergy could kill me’

[ad_1] Image copyright Oli Weatherall Image caption 22-year-old Oli Weatherall who has a severe peanut allergy. There are lots of reasons to dread moving in for that first kiss - dying isn't normally one of them. But for Oli Weatherall it's a major concern along with going on flights and eating out. The 22-year-old from Surrey has a severe peanut allergy. When he was a child a reaction to peanut
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Thousand caught up in cervical screening blunder

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library More than 40,000 women in England have not received information regarding cervical cancer screening after a failure to send out letters by the NHS.The errors were made between January and June.Around 4,000 of them were results of tests, the remainder were letters inviting them for screening or reminding them they were due.Between 150 and 200 of the test results that were not sent out
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Shropshire baby deaths: Review cases rise to 215

[ad_1] More than 200 families have raised concerns about maternity care at a hospital trust being investigated over a cluster of deaths and injuries.The government-ordered review into Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust (SaTH) has now widened for a third time after initially focusing on 23 cases.The trust said 215 families had now come forward alleging maternity errors.Health Secretary Matt Hancock put the trust in special measures less than a week
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Devon mother in fight with NHS for cystic fibrosis drug funding

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Katie Stafford is at the centre of a wrangle over the price of a drug which could extend her life The mother of a girl with cystic fibrosis is taking legal action against the NHS for refusing to pay for a drug which could extend her daughter's life.Sarah Burgwin, of Totnes, Devon, said it was "shameful" that Katie Stafford, six, was denied access to
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Diabetes glucose monitors ‘available to thousands more’

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The glucose monitoring device works via a sensor attached to the skin, allowing people to check their blood sugar levels Wearable glucose monitors will be made available to tens of thousands more people with type 1 diabetes from April 2019, NHS England has announced.Its decision comes after an investigation found patients in some areas of the country were being denied access to
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Rachael Bland’s husband on how their son has reacted to his mum’s death

[ad_1] Rachael Bland's husband, Steve, talks about how their son, Freddie, aged three, has reacted since his mother's death.Former Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas also joins Deborah James and Lauren Mahon.Simon’s wife Gemma passed away in November 2017, just three days after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.This clip is taken from the latest episode of You, Me and The Big C, the award-winning 5 live podcast Rachael Bland co-presented.
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Northern Ireland child post-mortem examinations to be done in England

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption From January 2019 post-mortem examinations on children from NI will have to be carried out in Liverpool Post-mortem examinations on infants in Northern Ireland will have to be carried out in a hospital in England due to a lack of specialist staff.The paediatric pathologist service is currently provided on a regional basis by the Belfast Trust. However the BBC can reveal that the
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Rugby protective headgear ‘cuts impact by almost half’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The study called for mandatory protective headgear at all levels of the game Dundee University scientists have called for mandatory protective rugby headgear after a study showed it can cut impact levels by almost half.The research showed that even the least effective device tested could make a "significant difference" in preventing head injuries, such as concussion.The team said the study made a "compelling
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‘Fake ambulance’ pulled over by Swansea police

[ad_1] Image copyright Twitter/ @SWPSwansea Image caption The estate car had been covered in logos to make it look like an ambulance An "apparently fake" ambulance vehicle was pulled over as it was being driven by a man in Swansea, police have said. The estate car, which was covered in highly-visible paint and logos, was stopped at Penclawdd, Gower, on Monday.The 19-year-old driver was held on suspicion of driving whilst
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Britain’s first specialist wound hub to open

[ad_1] Image caption The centre will trial a new dressing, which can be used in conflicts to heal skin with less scarring Terror attack victims and injured soldiers are among those set to benefit from Britain's first specialist wound research centre.Staff are developing new techniques to treat burns, with the goal of achieving scar-free healing within a generation.It will also give mental health support to those with physical injuries.The Centre
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‘I feel really bad when I hurt my mum’

[ad_1] Image caption Jamie's mother, Kate, worries he is a risk to his own safety when he becomes violent Some doctors in rural areas are having to apply for extra funding in order to diagnose patients with autism, the Royal College of GPs has said. The BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme has spoken to families with autistic children who are struggling to cope with their violent outbursts.Jamie punches his mum and
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Call for UK ban on ‘grotesquely sugary’ freakshakes

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Most freakshakes in the survey would receive a red/high label for excessive levels of sugar per serving The campaign group Action on Sugar is demanding a ban on freakshakes and all milkshakes with more than 300 calories. It surveyed milkshakes sold in restaurants and fast food shops in the UK and found they contained "grotesque levels of sugar and calories".Freakshakes are milkshakes that
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‘Disturbing’ self-harm rates and violence at youth prisons

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Young offenders self-harming is a major concern, say prison reform charities The "disturbing extent" of self-harm and violence in the UK's young offender institutes illustrate "why prison is no place for a child", a charity has said.Parc Prison in Bridgend has the highest rate of self-harm among youth jails in Wales and England, new figures show.Wetherby had the largest number of self-harm incidents while
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A 12-year-old boy with Tourette’s Syndrome finds animals stop his tics

[ad_1] A 12-year-old boy with Tourette's Syndrome says he finds animals stop his tics in a way that way drugs or therapy cannot.Malachi Ralph from Cornwall tics and swears hundreds of times a day, and has autism, ADHD and sensory processing disorder.But when he visits CarnMellyn Farm Therapy Centre near Newquay, Cornwall, he says the behaviour reduces dramatically.Mark Edwards, a professor of neurology specialising in Tourette's Syndrome at St George's
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Fat-clogged cells explain why obesity can cause cancer

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A new discovery could explain why obese people are more likely to develop cancer, scientists say.A type of cell the body uses to destroy cancerous tissue gets clogged by fat and stops working, the team, from Trinity College Dublin, found.Obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK after smoking, Cancer Research UK says. And more than one in 20 cancer cases -
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Welsh city and town centre smoking ban proposed by Mark Drakeford

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mark Drakeford has proposed extending the smoking ban Smoking could be banned in town and city centres if Mark Drakeford succeeds in his bid to become the next first minister.The Welsh Labour leadership candidate has included the plan in his manifesto for the contest.Mr Drakeford, considered to be the favourite to win the election, also wants to ban smoking in the outdoor areas
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Drug firms fear ‘wasting’ money for a Brexit no-deal outcome

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Drugs companies in Wales have been distracted from creating new medicines as they are "wasting" time and money preparing for a no-deal Brexit, industry representatives have said.The UK government wants pharmaceutical firms to stockpile an extra six weeks' worth of medicine in case of a no-deal. Talks with the EU are currently deadlocked over the Irish border.Those companies in Wales said "robust plans" were in
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Cancer treatment patients get beauty workshops

[ad_1] Learning you have cancer is traumatic and daunting. Losing your eyebrows, eyelashes and hair because of chemotherapy is demoralising and overwhelming. A cancer charity is providing practical support for people struggling with the visible side effects of their treatment.The free Look Good Feel Better workshops, led by volunteer beauticians at Royal Berkshire Hospital, are helping women increase their self-confidence when they need it most. [ad_2] Source link
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Stillbirth: ‘How I chose an outfit for my baby’

[ad_1] Image copyright Little Things & Co Image caption Stillbirths happen in about one in every 200 births in England Having a stillborn baby is one of the most devastating experiences a family can go through, but even while the grief is still at its rawest there are practicalities to face.If the baby is 24 weeks or older, then the death must be registered. Many parents also choose to have
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Dementia risk: Five-minute scan ‘can predict cognitive decline’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A five-minute scan could be used to spot people at risk of dementia before symptoms appear, researchers claim.Scientists used ultrasound scanners to look at blood vessels in the necks of more than 3,000 people and monitored them over the next 15 years.They found those with the most intense pulses went on to experience greater cognitive decline over the next decade than the other study participants.Researchers
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Premature baby parents ‘need extra maternity leave’

[ad_1] The mother of a baby boy who was born prematurely has backed calls for parents like her to get extra maternity leave.Sarah Kirker's son, Matthew, was born at just 24 weeks gestation on 1 April - more than three months earlier than expected. As a consequence, Mrs Kirker's maternity leave also arrived early. It started the day after Matthew was born."I felt my maternity leave slipping away," she told
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Michelle Keegan vlogs about her cervical cancer screening

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption The actress said she would use excuses to avoid the test Michelle Keegan has urged women to go for smear tests in an Instagram post about her own test.The actress admitted she had been putting it off "for quite a long time", ignoring numerous letters."I was really apprehensive," she wrote, adding that she would use the excuse of being "too busy with work and
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Lynette Mchendry ‘asked to sign cancer death warrant’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLynette Mchendry has been living with cancer for three yearsA mother-of-two with terminal cancer says she has been told to sign a form stating she has six months to live or risk losing her benefits.Lynette Mchendry said this would be like "signing her death warrant", as doctors have no idea how long she could survive.The 40-year-old is one of more than
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‘I was in excruciating pain from excess iron’

[ad_1] Image copyright Katherine Hough Image caption Katherine Hough suffers from hair loss, IBS, and joint pain For years, Katherine Hough, 27, suffered from a series of mystifying symptoms. "I had unexplained stomach pains. Then when I got to university I began to faint frequently, my hair was falling out, I had severe joint pains and was constantly tired. My Mum thought it was down to my hectic student lifestyle."
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Spinal injury garden legacy of boy killed by bear

[ad_1] The mother of a boy killed while on holiday, by a polar bear, created a garden inspired by his idea. Dr Olivia Chapple's son, 17-year-old Horatio, died on a school trip to Norway. He had the idea of a garden for spinal treatment centres while volunteering at one in Salisbury. More stories from the Today programme here. [ad_2] Source link
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Spinal injury garden legacy of boy killed by bear

[ad_1] The mother of a boy killed while on holiday, by a polar bear, created a garden inspired by his idea. Dr Olivia Chapple's son, 17-year-old Horatio, died on a school trip to Norway. He had the idea of a garden for spinal treatment centres while volunteering at one in Salisbury. More stories from the Today programme here. [ad_2] Source link
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‘Remarkable’ decline in fertility rates

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There has been a remarkable global decline in the number of children women are having, say researchers. Their report found fertility rate falls meant nearly half of countries were now facing a "baby bust" - meaning there are insufficient children to maintain their population size.The researchers said the findings were a "huge surprise".And there would be profound consequences for societies with "more grandparents than grandchildren".How
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Conjoined twins: Bhutanese girls separated in six-hour surgery

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Bhutanese twins Nima and Dawa were joined at the torso Surgeons in Australia have successfully separated conjoined twins from Bhutan and say they stand a good chance of a full recovery.The 15-month-old girls, Nima and Dawa Pelden, had been joined at the torso and shared a liver.Lead surgeon Dr Joe Crameri told reporters the girls had coped "very well" with the six-hour operation. Dr
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‘I was told I’d die if I had a baby’

[ad_1] Image caption Hayley Martin thought she was dying when she had her heart attack Women who survive a heart attack caused by a condition called SCAD are usually told not to have children due to the risk of it happening again. Now the first babies are being born at the world's first clinic that helps heart attack survivors to have a baby. Hayley Martin, 47, vividly remembers the morning
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‘I was told I’d die if I had a baby’

[ad_1] Image caption Hayley Martin thought she was dying when she had her heart attack Women who survive a heart attack caused by a condition called SCAD are usually told not to have children due to the risk of it happening again. Now the first babies are being born at the world's first clinic that helps heart attack survivors to have a baby. Hayley Martin, 47, vividly remembers the morning
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NHS outpatients service ‘stuck in the 18th Century’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are 127 millon outpatient appointments every year The way hospitals in the UK run outpatient clinic appointments is stuck "in the 18th Century", leading doctors say.Every year millions of people travel to hospitals, where doctors check up on their health and discuss their care.The Royal College of Physicians said many appointments were unnecessary - and outdated, inefficient systems meant large numbers were
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Conjoined twins: Australian surgeons try to separate Bhutanese girls

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Bhutanese twins Nima and Dawa are joined at the torso Surgeons in Australia have begun a complex operation to separate Bhutanese conjoined twins.The 15-month-old girls, Nima and Dawa Pelden, are joined at the torso and share a liver and possibly a bowel, doctors say.They were brought to Melbourne with their mother to have surgery in October, but it was postponed so the girls could
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‘Remarkable’ decline in fertility rates

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There has been a remarkable, global decline in the number of children women are having, say researchers. Their report found fertility rate falls meant nearly half of countries were now facing a "baby bust" - meaning there are insufficient children to maintain their population size.The researchers said the findings were a "huge surprise".And there would be profound consequences for societies with "more grandparents than grandchildren".How
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Newcastle robot surgery inquest: ‘Risk of further deaths’

[ad_1] Image caption Stephen Pettitt died after an operation to repair a valve in his heart There "remains a risk of further deaths" from robotic heart surgery, a coroner has warned during an inquest into a man's death.Stephen Pettitt, 69, died after an operation led by Sukumaran Nair at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, in 2015.He was the first patient in the UK to undergo the pioneering treatment.Recording a narrative verdict,
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Newcastle robot surgery inquest: ‘Risk of further deaths’

[ad_1] Image caption Stephen Pettitt died after an operation to repair a valve in his heart There "remains a risk of further deaths" from robotic heart surgery, a coroner has warned during an inquest into a man's death.Stephen Pettitt, 69, died after an operation led by Sukumaran Nair at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, in 2015.He was the first patient in the UK to undergo the pioneering treatment.Recording a narrative verdict,
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Diabetes prescriptions now cost NHS £1bn, figures show

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStephen Richardson had to have his leg amputated because of type 2 diabetesDiabetes prescriptions are costing the NHS in England more than £1 billion a year, according to figures from NHS Digital. The total cost of the prescriptions has risen significantly - by more than £422 million - in the last 10 years. Almost one in 20 prescriptions written by GPs
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Diabetes prescriptions now cost NHS £1bn, figures show

[ad_1] Image copyright Maya23K Image caption The NHS is spending £1 billion annually on diabetes medicine Diabetes prescriptions are costing the NHS in England more than £1 billion a year, according to new figures from NHS Digital. The total cost of the prescriptions has risen significantly - by more than £422 million - in the last 10 years. Almost one in 20 prescriptions written by GPs are now for diabetes
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Dying baby’s parents denied time with son by York council failings

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The parents were told they had to be supervised at all times when visiting their dying son A dying baby's parents were given limited time to spend with him in his last few weeks of life due to failings by social workers.Strict supervision orders were placed on the couple by York City Council amid a safeguarding investigation.It meant the couple, who were
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People with type 1 diabetes ‘missing out on life-changing glucose monitors’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Freestyle Libre monitor is used by Prime Minister Theresa May and was made available on the NHS last November Tens of thousands of people with type 1 diabetes in England are being denied access to a "life-changing" blood sugar monitor due to a postcode lottery, data suggests.The Freestyle Libre, used by Prime Minister Theresa May, was made available on the NHS last
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Type-1 diabetics ‘missing out on life-changing glucose monitors’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Freestyle Libre monitor is used by Prime Minister Theresa May and was made available on the NHS last November Tens of thousands of type-1 diabetics in England are being denied access to a "life-changing" blood sugar monitor due to a postcode lottery, data suggests.The Freestyle Libre, used by Prime Minister Theresa May, was made available on the NHS last November.But an investigation