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Rise in type 2 diabetes in young people in England and Wales

Image copyright Getty Images The number of children and young people being treated for type 2 diabetes in England and Wales has gone up from 507 to 715 in four years, new figures show. More than three-quarters were also obese, according to the NHS data. Child health experts said the rise was “alarming” and the […]

Opt-out donation plan ‘will not increase donors’

Image copyright NHSBT Image caption More than 5,000 people are currently on the waiting list for a transplant in England An opt-out organ donation register in England may not increase the number of organs because grieving relatives could be less sure what their loved ones had wanted, a study suggests. Under the opt-out system, planned […]

Lena Dunham marks nine months since hysterectomy

Image copyright Getty Images Lena Dunham marked nine months since having a full hysterectomy by sharing three nude selfies on her Instagram. The Girls star, who had the surgery at 31, revealed she’d been “battling endometriosis for a decade” in February. Endometriosis is a condition that affects one in 10 women in the UK and […]

How the humble cabbage can stop cancers

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have discovered why some vegetables – including cabbage, broccoli and kale – can reduce the risk of bowel cancers. That cruciferous veg is good for the gut has never been in doubt but a detailed explanation has been elusive. The team at the Francis Crick Institute found anti-cancer […]

Babies in prams ‘exposed to more pollution’

Image copyright Getty Images Babies and young children in prams can be exposed to up to 60% more pollution than adults, a study suggests. Experts said infants were exposed to dirtier air in prams because they were lower to the ground and closer to exhaust pipes. They are also more at risk from the health […]

The radio ‘saved my little girl’s life’

Image copyright DMI Image caption Marieta was just one when she fell into a coma with severe malaria When Marieta was just a year old she developed a high fever and became really unwell. Her family thought she had fallen under a curse that in parts of rural Burkina Faso is believed to happen when […]

Vaping ‘can damage vital immune system cells’

Image copyright Getty Images Vaping can damage vital immune system cells and may be more harmful than previously thought, a study suggests. Researchers found e-cigarette vapour disabled important immune cells in the lung and boosted inflammation. The researchers “caution against the widely held opinion that e-cigarettes are safe”. However, Public Health England advises they are […]

Postpartum psychosis: Adele spotted her friend’s illness

Image copyright Getty Images Adele’s best friend says the singer was the first one to spot her postpartum psychosis. Laura Dockrill gave birth to a baby boy, who is Adele’s godson, in February this year. “She recognised it in me, I was on the phone FaceTiming her and she was the first one to detect […]

Bowel cancer screening to start earlier at age 50 in England

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK Bowel cancer screening in England is to start earlier, at age 50, Public Health England has announced. It said evidence showed that screening people at a younger age would allow more bowel cancers to be picked up at […]

The unpleasant reason men navigate better than women

Media captionThe video game that’s actually dementia research Men are better at navigating than women, according to a massive study, but there’s not much for men to be proud about. Scientists at University College London say the difference has more to do with discrimination and unequal opportunities than any innate ability. The findings come from […]