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Tuesday 11th December 2018


BBC Health

NHS told to ditch 'absurd' fax machines

Almost 9,000 fax machines are currently used by the NHS in England - but that is set to change.

Transplanted organs gave patients cancer

Two people developed cancer after organ donations from a woman who had the undetected disease.

Push for more take-up of flu vaccine before Christmas

PHE is urging more pregnant women and over-65s to get the flu jab after a fall in uptake.

The athletes starving themselves for success

Extreme dieting is leading to cases of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport among men and women.

Muckamore Abbey seclusion room was 'dark dungeon'

One mother describes Muckamore Abbey hospital's seclusion room in which her son was locked.

No-deal Brexit: Disruption at Dover 'could last six months'

Fresh government warnings about Channel ports are dismissed as "Project Fear" by Tory rebels.

Xanax: Treatment for addiction rises sharply in children

Experts say young people are finding anti-anxiety drugs online with no idea of their strength.

One in three children 'not active enough', finds sport survey

Girls do less exercise than boys and children from poorer families are least active, Sport England says.

Zainab Mughal: Toddler with cancer spurs hunt for rare blood

Doctors need up to 10 donors with a rare blood type to help a two-year-old Florida girl with cancer.

Mental health: The NHS patients who are 'abused and ignored'

A review says mental health laws are outdated, sectioning is misused, and patients need new rights.

St George's Hospital: CQC report reveals details of heart unit feud

Inspectors found a cardiac team troubled by hostility, weak leadership and a "dark force".

Bionic 3D-printed arm 'gives confidence' to young amputees

Open Bionics has developed the world's first medically-certified 3D-printed artificial arm

Vicky Phelan: The woman who exposed an Irish health scandal

Vicky Phelan exposed a health scandal in Ireland after discovering her smear test for cervical cancer had been misread.

Nichola has created an app to help others with alopecia meet new friends

Nichola, who’s had alopecia for fifteen years, has launched an app to help others with the condition make friends.

Meet the talking and crying childlike manikin

Students at the University of South Wales are learning from a childlike doll which has a pulse

The photographer who puts disabled and severely ill children in fantasy scenes

Angela Forker photographs babies with disabilities and terminal illnesses, placing them in fantasy scenes.

Billie Marten: Having SAD made me write the happiest pop song

Billie Marten says having seasonal affective disorder (SAD) inspired her song Blue Sea, Red Sea.

Mother of monkey dust drug addict warns of dangers

Jane Eagles has allowed cameras into her son's flat to show the devastation monkey dust can cause.

Biohackers: ‘My hand chip could unlock my car door’

Biohackers want to make their bodies and brains function better by "hacking" their biology.

Dunkeld chippy offers deep-fried Christmas dinner

The owners of Dunkeld Fish Bar in Perthshire say the sale proceeds will go to the local community.

Cannabis firm confirms investment talks with Marlboro maker

The talks about a potential investment come after Canada legalised recreational cannabis this year.

Where are the most violent workplaces?

The Department of Health is drawing up plans to protect NHS staff better from violence.

‘I’ve got two months to find a donor’

Last Christmas, mum-of-twins Meena looked the picture of health. Now she urgently needs to find a stem cell match.

The blind woman developing tech for the good of others

Chieko Asakawa, blind since 14, develops groundbreaking technology for the visually impaired.

Why do people experience phantom rectum?

YouTube star Hannah Witton grills two people with stomas on life, love and popping undigested peas after having her colon removed.

Biohacker: Meet the people 'hacking' their bodies

Meet the biohackers - the people who want to make their bodies and brains function better by "hacking" their biology.

Life after burns: ‘I use my scars and pain to help others’

Svetlana Alekseeva was badly burned in a fire - now she's showing off her scars to inspire others like her.

Parental leave: The good, the bad and the unexpected

Three parents share their very different experiences of staying home to look after their children.

'How I deal with having impostor syndrome'

Readers respond to Michelle Obama's remarks on impostor syndrome and describe how they deal with it.

Surrogate mothers: 'I gave birth but it’s not my baby'

Canada has become a hot destination for parents-to-be looking for 'altruistic surrogates' - women who give birth to babies they are not genetically related to and only charge expenses.

Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area

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