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Saturday 24th August 2019


BBC Health

Four-in-one pill prevents third of heart problems

The drug combination has huge potential and would cost just "pennies a day", say the researchers.

Bake Off judge Prue Leith joins hospital food improvement review

The celebrity chef will help set new quality standards as part of the government's review of hospital food.

West Lane Hospital in Middlesbrough to be closed

The two teenagers died within two months at the centre, which was later found to be unsafe.

Fish oil pills 'no benefit' for type 2 diabetes

People with type 2 diabetes "should not be encouraged" to take omega-3, researchers say.

'Multiple medicines' side-effect risk for over-65s

Two million older people are risking side-effects from taking multiple medications, a charity warns.

Jade Goody: Cancer charity hopes documentary serves as 'a reminder'

The spike in cervical screenings after Jade Goody's diagnosis did not last long, a charity says.

Microplastics in water pose ‘no apparent health risk’

The World Health Organization says its findings are based on the "limited information" available.

New drug for people who can bleed uncontrollably

NHS England is funding a new treatment for patients with severe haemophilia A.

High blood pressure in mid-30s may pose risk to brain health

People in their mid-30s need to watch their blood pressure to protect brain health in later life.

Vitamin D: Add 'sunshine vitamin' to flour, study says

One in five UK adults doesn't get enough of the "sunshine vitamin", especially in winter.

West Lane Hospital patients 'at high risk of avoidable harm'

Two patients died in two months at the Middlesbrough centre, which has been rated inadequate.

More schoolchildren 'rejecting cigarettes'

The proportion of surveyed pupils who have ever smoked tobacco drops to a record low of 16%.

'Why me? I had ovarian cancer at 14'

Kelliyah thought she was putting on weight - and was shocked to find her condition was much more serious.

Boris Johnson orders action to stop measles spread

A fall in uptake of the MMR vaccine means the UK has lost its measles-free status.

Edinburgh Fringe: Tourette's charity wants apology over award-winning joke

People with the condition are angered after Olaf Falafel's gag won an award following a public vote.

'Tasteless': Patients share pictures and views of hospital food

Readers have been sharing their experiences - good and bad - with the BBC.

Why is the UK seeing a rise in measles cases?

Three years after eliminating the infection, Britain has lost its 'measles-free status'. How?

Eduard Pernkopf: The Nazi book of anatomy still used by surgeons

Eduard Pernkopf created an "atlas" of anatomy by dissecting the bodies of Nazi political prisoners.

Essex dad's pollution superhero tale for life-limited son

He hopes the children's book will create a legacy for his son, 5, who has a degenerative condition.

HRT shortage 'adds to the stress of menopause'

With UK supplies of hormone replacement therapy running low, women tell the BBC how it has affected them.

I'll lose my mental health care when I turn 18. Why?

Around 50% of young people in the UK lose their mental health when they turn 18

A body donated to science - but used to test bombs

A US centre was sued over its handling of donated bodies. What do we know about the industry?

I gave my DNA away. Can I get it back?

Why are people selling the very core of their identity to private firms?

Could music festivals be good for your health?

Many festivals around the world now offer much more than music, but what effect do they have on your health?

'A small bite changed my whole world'

Yen says she was "living her best life" until a small bite turned her world upside down.

Football grounds to pubs: Our fight for free tampons

Has your period ever ruined a night out? Three Celtic fans are trying to do something about it.

Shrewsbury nurse describes tasting sewage in river swim

Melissa Compton, who swam 220 miles along the River Severn for charity, contracted a stomach bug.

Puppy helps Ellie May, 8, to cope with diabetes

A family is hoping a seven-month-old golden retriever will help their daughter manage her type 1 diabetes.

'Why me? I had ovarian cancer at 14'

Kelliyah thought she was simply putting on weight - and was shocked to find her condition was much more serious.

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