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Beauticians dropped from new cosmetic filler register

Image copyright Science Photo Library Beauticians have been banned from joining a new register designed to make getting injected with fillers safer. The voluntary register was opened by the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners in April to everyone trained to a high standard. But now it will include only those with medical training, after doctors […]

Why stealthy viruses are making you ill

Image copyright Getty Images A trick used by viruses to make us sick – “stealth spheres” – has been discovered by scientists. It had been thought viruses were all lone wolves, each on a solo campaign of infection. Instead they can form “packs” of up to 40 viruses and surround themselves with a fatty sphere […]

UK among worst for life expectancy rises

Image copyright Getty Images Increases in life expectancy in the UK have stalled and the slowdown is one of the biggest among 20 of the world’s leading economies, ONS data shows. Rises in life expectancy dropped from 12.9 weeks per year for women from 2006 to 2011 to 1.2 weeks per year from 2011 to […]

‘I saved my teenage son’s life with a defibrillator’

Image copyright Askew Family Image caption Ethan has no memory of what his dad Stuart did for him When 15-year-old Ethan Askew started to feel ill in a sports class, he went to tell his teacher and collapsed into his arms – he’d stopped breathing. And it was his Dad who used the school’s newly […]

Coaching parents may reduce child’s obesity

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Parents were advised food wasn’t always what a baby needed Changing the way that parents interact with their infants could help combat child obesity, a US study suggests. New mothers were offered ways of responding to babies’ needs, including avoiding comforting with food. By the age of three, children […]

Women doctors ‘best for female heart patients’

Image copyright Getty Images Women who have a heart attack are more likely to survive if they are treated by a female doctor in hospital, a major US study suggests. An analysis of 580,000 heart attack cases over 19 years found 13.3% died after being treated by a man compared with 12% who were cared […]

NHS-funded homeopathic treatment to end in Bristol

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The British Homeopathic Association said it demonstrated a lack of long-term decision-making by NHS bosses The last place in England to offer publicly-funded homeopathy is to stop providing the practice on the NHS. Bristol’s clinical commissioning group (CCG) has decided to end NHS-funded homeopathic treatment except in exceptional circumstances. […]

Safety concerns over websites selling prescription drugs

Media captionNicki and Eleanor both managed to buy prescription-only drugs through online doctor sites England’s healthcare regulator is calling for a change in the law to protect patients using online doctor sites selling prescription-only drugs. It comes after a BBC Panorama investigation exposed safety concerns relating to websites using doctors from companies based outside England. […]

The battle against skin-whitening cream

Image caption YouTubers Mariam Omotunde and Arlene Dihoulou used skin-lightening cream when they were younger, without knowing about the health consequences High Street shops that were prosecuted for selling illegal skin-whitening creams are continuing to do so, the BBC has found. Trading Standards acknowledged “it’s a really big problem” and more could be done to […]

Girls admitted to hospital for self-harming nearly doubles

Image copyright Kay Ska Image caption Kay says there’s still a lot of stigma around seeking help for self-harm Kay Ska self-harmed for two years and one of the reasons was because she didn’t know how to deal with her feelings “in a healthy way”. “I think it was just a lot of confusion, hormones […]