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The children who hear ‘terrifying’ voices

Media captionLaura Moulding first started hearing voices aged three One in 12 children is thought to persistently hear voices that are not there. Sometimes they tell them they are worthless. Now new research suggests the reaction of adults can affect the voices they hear in future. “It’s like being in a crowded room. All you […]

Premature birth test being trialled

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists are trialling a blood test that may predict whether a pregnant woman will give birth prematurely. Preliminary results, published in the journal Science, suggest it is accurate in up to 80% of high-risk women. The team, at Stanford University, in the US, say it is also as accurate as ultra-sound […]

‘Miss! Are your classes making me blind?’

Image copyright Getty Images “Miss, miss! Are your classes making me blind?” It sounds like a ridiculous question, but it may actually be grounded in science. A new study, published in the British Medical Journal, says there’s “strong evidence” that the longer we spend in education the more likely we are to need glasses. So […]

Holidaymakers warned to check travel advice on medicines

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some cold remedies are banned in Japan so it’s worth checking the laws abroad Holidaymakers are being warned to check the rules on carrying medicines abroad to avoid falling foul of local laws. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said some commonly-prescribed medicines were “controlled drugs” in certain countries. […]

Why beige carbs are the ones to avoid – Dr Xand van Tulleken

Image copyright BBC/Lion Television/Joe Taylor Image caption Not all carbs are created equal… Low-carb diets have been around for a while. But did you know the colour of the carbs you eat also matters – and as Dr Xand van Tulleken explains, it’s the beige ones you really have to watch out for. Dr Faisal […]

‘How a TV show led to my cancer diagnosis’

Media captionVictoria, Margaret and Maren: ‘We’re here for each other’ When BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire spoke openly about the symptoms that led to her breast cancer diagnosis on ITV’s The Real Full Monty, two women contacted her to say it led to them being diagnosed themselves. Derbyshire has been to meet them. “I want to […]

100 Women: The modern face of the ‘DIY abortion’

Image copyright Getty Images Global online searches for abortion pills have more than doubled over the last decade, BBC analysis of Google searches shows. The findings also suggest that in countries where abortion laws are more restrictive, there is greater search interest in abortion pills. By buying pills online and sharing medical advice through WhatsApp […]

Syphilis and gonorrhoea up by one-fifth

Image copyright Getty Images England has continued to see a rise in cases of syphilis and gonorrhoea over the past year. New data shows a 20% increase in cases of syphilis and a 22% increase in gonorrhoea, compared with 2016. Diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in England remain stable overall, with around the same […]

Denbighshire mum ‘paralysed’ after tick bite in garden

Image copyright SWNS Image caption Rachel Foulkes-Davies eyes were badly swollen following the bite A woman suffered severe facial paralysis- and could only eat through a straw – after being bitten by a tick in her garden. Rachel Foulkes-Davies, 43, said the bite started off as small red mark before it caused her eyes to […]

Cuts to sexual-health services imminent

Media captionLiv from north Norfolk has to travel 25 miles to get to her nearest sexual health clinic Some sexual-health clinics face closure or reduced hours as almost half the councils in England plan to cut spending, a BBC investigation reveals. Of the 151 councils that responded to a BBC Freedom of Information request, 72 […]