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Self-lubricating condom designed to reduce infections

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have found a way to make self-lubricating latex condoms that become slippery on contact. It is thanks to a special, durable coating that should last throughout intercourse, says the team, backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They hope it will make condoms more appealing to use […]

Dance lessons for the lonely – on the NHS

Image copyright Getty Images GPs in England are being given permission to prescribe patients “social” activities, such as dance classes, to tackle loneliness. The strategy, announced by Prime Minister Theresa May, will also see postal delivery workers checking in on isolated people during their rounds. The government says about 200,000 older people have not had […]

Crackdown on painkillers amid addiction fears

Image copyright Xesai Two painkillers are to be reclassified as class C controlled substances amid concerns people are becoming addicted to them and misusing them. The drugs – pregabalin and gabapentin – are also used for epilepsy and anxiety. The move, announced by the Home Office, means it will now be illegal to posses the […]

Children ‘should be weighed up to age 18’, report says

Image copyright Getty Images Children and young people up to 18 should have their weight and body mass index (BMI) recorded every year, says a report by child health experts. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says England is falling behind other countries on obesity, mental health and infant deaths. It predicts rising […]

Cwm Taf baby deaths: ‘My baby is buried 4,000 miles away’

Image copyright Family photo Image caption Chioma Udeogu, who lives in Nigeria, has never been able to return to visit her daughter’s grave in Glyntaff Cemetery, Pontypridd Chioma Udeogu hopes one day she will be able to visit her baby girl’s grave thousands of miles away from her home in Nigeria. Her daughter, Favour, was […]

Terminal breast cancer patients ‘abandoned’ in nurse shortage

Image copyright asiseeit Image caption Dedicated specialist cancer nurses provide physical and emotional support Thousands of incurable breast cancer patients are being denied a dedicated specialist nurse, according to Breast Cancer Care. The figures show almost three-quarters (72%) of NHS Trusts across the UK are not providing designated nurses. Three years ago, the government promised […]

NHS waste scandal firm has been ‘vilified’, boss says

Media captionGarry Pettigrew told the BBC that his company had been “vilified for providing an excellent service” The boss of the firm at the centre of the NHS clinical waste scandal has hit back against claims of mismanagement. Garry Pettigrew, managing director of Healthcare Environmental Services, told the BBC his company had been “vilified for […]

Princess Eugenie: ‘I wanted my wedding dress to show my scar’

Princess Eugenie: ‘I wanted my wedding dress to show my scar’

Image copyright PA The Dress. For many brides what to wear on their big day is one of the most important decisions they’ll make. Ivory or white? A-line or mermaid? Long or short? Fitted or puffy? But for Princess Eugenie there was an extra factor at play. The Queen’s granddaughter had major surgery on her […]

C-section births surge to ‘alarming’ rates worldwide – study

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Caesarean procedures can save lives – but can also risk them unnecessarily Doctors’ use of Caesarean section to deliver babies has nearly doubled in 15 years to reach “alarming” proportions in some countries, a study says. Rates surged from about 16 million births (12%) in 2000 to an estimated […]

Age boys start puberty ‘linked to mothers’

Image copyright aldomurillo Image caption If a mother started puberty early, her son is more likely to, the study suggests The age at which boys begin puberty is linked to when their mothers started having periods, a study suggests. Mothers who started earlier than their peers had sons who had: • armpit hair two and […]