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Sunday 21st April 2019


BBC Health

The profoundly deaf girl who found her voice after brain surgery

Leia was born profoundly deaf but pioneering surgery and therapy has enabled her to hear sounds.

Targeted checks 'prevent one-in-10 heart attacks'

Around 5,000 heart attacks and strokes a year could be prevented by personalising heart health checks.

Sore knee? Maybe you have a fabella

A little bone scientists thought was being lost to evolution seems to be making a comeback, say experts.

People with learning disabilities 'trapped' in hospitals as target missed

More than 2,200 people with learning disabilities are still being treated in hospitals, figures show.

Mother 'felt suicidal' after baby death news reports

Holly Eastall says she felt suicidal after being falsely accused of abuse following her baby's death.

HIV used to cure 'bubble boy' disease

All eight infants now have fully functioning immune systems after undergoing treatment, say experts.

Pig brains partially revived four hours after death

The study could aid medical research and fuel debate about the difference between life and death.

Pembrokeshire GP job ad admits 'the hours stink'

A doctor in Pembrokeshire tweets a brutally honest job advert in a bid to relieve "tired" GPs.

Ipswich 'killing-suicide': Crisis team 'missed opportunity'

A mental health crisis team is criticised after a patient killed his wife before taking his own life.

The Priory fined £300k over death of 14-year-old girl

Amy El-Keria hanged herself at a clinic run by the private healthcare company in 2012.

A rasher of bacon a day 'ups cancer risk'

Eating even small amounts of red or processed meat increases the risk of bowel cancer, study finds.

Breech baby scan 'would save lives'

A scan at 36 weeks could help spot tricky breech deliveries, when a baby's bottom or feet will emerge first.

Technology to keep dementia patients out of hospital

Radar technology and tiny brain-monitors are just some of the devices being tested by a new research centre.

Statins 'don't work well for one in two people'

Fresh research questions the merit of the cholesterol-lowering pills taken by millions of Britons.

Epilepsy charity calls for social media seizure warnings

People with epilepsy are being exposed to flashing images, some deliberately, says a charity.

Sleep myths 'damaging your health'

US researchers have looked at the most common ones that we may fall for.

Artificial gravity tests could reduce muscle loss, say researchers

Spinning bedridden patients and astronauts on a centrifuge could maintain muscle strength, scientists say.

Free sanitary products plan extended to primary girls

Move follows announcement of funding for free tampons and towels in secondary schools and colleges in England.

Clampdown planned for British online pharmacies

New rules should help keep patients safe, says the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Measles cases quadruple globally in 2019, says UN

The World Health Organization says the latest figures paint "an alarming picture".

Swansea boy's 'neck pain' was rare throat cancer

Eight-year-old McKenzie John, from Swansea, is due to undergo proton beam therapy next month.

'The doctor wrote a question mark for my child's sex'

A child known as Baby A became the subject of a high court case that has prompted Kenya to start changing its approach to intersex children.

'My son killed himself after circumcision'

Why did a young man kill himself two years after being circumcised?

'I helped test a wonder drug - then I was denied it'

When Louise Moorhouse took part in a drug trial she was able to eat normally for the first time in her life.

Stoma bags: Bin rules 'can add to house share struggles'

Amber Davies opens up about having to dispose of her stoma bag while living with friends.

Is it really worth injecting vitamins?

There is a growing trend for intravenous "vitamin" drips - but what are the risks? And do they even work?

How we became part of a kidney swap chain

Mandy Murray's husband Graham gave his kidney to someone in Belfast so his wife got a transplant in return.

‘I’m 35, with two young children – and Parkinson’s’

Ellie Finch Hulme is a translator and a busy mum of two children. And she also has a disease associated with people decades older.

Aphantasia: Ex-Pixar chief Ed Catmull says 'my mind's eye is blind'

Ed Catmull has aphantasia, as do some of the world's best animators at Pixar.

How physical activity supports children with SEND

Research shows that being active improves children's mental well-being and academic achievement. It can also be particularly valuable in terms of developing confidence and social skills. Dr Anthony Maher of Edge Hill University explains the benefits for children with SEND.

Umbilical cord art - would you do it?

Some mothers are making their baby's umbilical cord into artwork, but are getting mixed reactions.

How making bars of soap 'started my life again'

Meet the people behind the soap company that help people with disabilities into the workplace.

Are plants a necessity or a luxury?

A new campaign says we should pay less tax on plants because they are good for the environment and mental health.

London loneliness: Hackney Brocals help men find friends

The group aims to tackle male isolation across London through regular meet ups and trips.

Nottingham midwife saves best friend's life

Aimee Summers recognised the signs of a potentially fatal blood clot and gave emergency first aid.

'My boyfriend's sperm, or a donor's?'

"Emma" says it is unfair that she faces a deadline to choose how to fertilise her frozen eggs.

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