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Women’s frozen eggs ‘should be stored for longer’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Women who freeze their eggs should be allowed to keep them for longer than 10 years, fertility experts are telling the government. Legislation says frozen eggs must be destroyed after this time, unless a medical condition has left the woman prematurely infertile. Experts told the Victoria Derbyshire programme that the […]

Carter Cookson: Baby who needed new heart dies

Image caption Carter Cookson died in hospital on Saturday evening A three-week-old baby who was in desperate need of a heart transplant has died, his parents have said. Carter Cookson, who was born prematurely on Boxing Day with heart problems, had suffered three cardiac arrests and was on a life-support machine. His parents Sarah and […]

The pain of Tourette’s: ‘I’m always covered in bruises’

Media captionAlice Franklin is one of 300,000 people in the UK with Tourette’s syndrome “Punching walls is a favourite one of mine. Punching windows. I’ve broken three windows in the past year. Punching myself in the head, whacking my head against the wall.” Alice Franklin is 25, lives in London and has Tourette’s syndrome. She […]

Differences in GP access across England ‘shocking’

Image copyright Getty Images The variation in the availability of GPs in different parts of England is shocking, doctors’ leaders say. A BBC analysis has found close to a threefold difference between the areas with the most and fewest doctors. In one area – Swale in Kent – there is only one GP for every […]

Mental Health: Tougher checks before Superdrug Botox

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS has told Superdrug it could do more to protect the mental health of customers who want injections to smooth skin or plump lips. The High Street chain started offering Botox and dermal fillers last year. But the NHS said the injections risked fuelling mental health disorders about appearance – […]

Pharmacists warn of a ‘surge’ in shortage of common medicines

Image copyright Getty Images Pharmacists say they are struggling to obtain many common medicines including painkillers and anti-depressants. This is leaving patients complaining of delays in getting hold of drugs and pharmacists paying over the odds for common medicines. The BBC has found there has been a big rise in the number of drugs on […]

IVF dad ‘floored’ over baby he did not consent to

Image caption The man sued a London IVF clinic after his ex-partner forged his signature to use frozen embryos A father, whose ex-partner forged his signature to conceive a child via an IVF clinic, said he was “absolutely floored” when he found out. The man, who can only be identified as ARB, sued IVF Hammersmith […]

‘My son’s severe asthma is very distressing’

Image copyright Asthma UK Image caption Oscar has been in hospital 57 times with his asthma Five-year-old Oscar’s life has regularly hung in the balance because of severe asthma. On his second birthday, he was so ill he did not respond to any medicines, leaving his parents fearing the worst. “I will never forget how […]

Pharmacists warn of a ‘surge’ in shortage of common medicines

Image copyright Getty Images Pharmacists say they are struggling to obtain many common medicines and paying “vastly increased” prices for them. This is leaving patients complaining of delays in getting hold of drugs such as painkillers, anti-depressants and blood pressure medication. The BBC has found there has been a big rise in the number of […]

‘My son’s severe asthma is very distressing’

Image copyright Asthma UK Image caption Oscar has been in hospital 57 times with his asthma Five-year-old Oscar’s life has regularly hung in the balance because of severe asthma. On his second birthday, he was so ill he did not respond to any medicines, leaving his parents fearing the worst. “I will never forget how […]

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