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Lena Dunham undergoes hysterectomy after chronic pain

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lena Dunham has had many operations to ease her pain Lena Dunham has revealed she has undergone a total hysterectomy following years of suffering from the condition endometriosis. The actress explained her decision in a deeply personal essay for the March edition of US Vogue magazine. The star of […]

Majority of over-65s would like more sex, survey finds

Image copyright Getty Images Older people are often assumed to want amiable companionship in later life rather than passion-fuelled romance. But a survey of 2,002 older Britons suggests 52% of over-65s feel they do not have enough sex, and nearly a third are happy to have sex on a first date. It also found one […]

Valentine’s Day prompts mini baby boom, NHS data shows

Image copyright Getty Images It is a day known for ostentatious displays of romance. But it appears Valentine’s Day really does lead to love in the air after new figures, for 2015, showed an increase in conceptions around the day. NHS England data shows there were an estimated 16,263 conceptions in England in the week […]

New antibiotic family discovered in dirt

Image copyright Science Photo Library US scientists have discovered a new family of antibiotics in soil samples. The natural compounds could be used to combat hard-to-treat infections, the team at Rockefeller University hopes. Tests show the compounds, called malacidins, annihilate several bacterial diseases that have become resistant to most existing antibiotics, including the superbug MRSA. […]

Pakistan gang ‘stole spinal fluid from women’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Spinal fluid is obtained by inserting a needle into the spinal canal Pakistani police have arrested four people accused of stealing spinal fluid from women. The suspects told women they had to provide blood samples to qualify for financial assistance from the Punjab government, police told BBC Urdu. However, […]

Take sick children to pharmacies first, parents told

Media captionDr Bruce Warner, deputy chief pharmaceutical officer for NHS England Parents of young children with minor illnesses should take them to pharmacies rather than GPs or A&E, a new NHS England campaign says. It follows a survey which found just 6% of parents with under-fives would go to a pharmacist first. NHS England said […]

Schizophrenia patients calmed by video game

Image copyright King’s College London Image caption Patients in the study had to control the rocket and bring it down to earth People with schizophrenia can be trained by playing a video game to control the part of the brain linked to verbal hallucinations, researchers say. Patients in a small study were able to land […]

Peter Rabbit film producers apologise over allergy scene

Image copyright Columbia/Sony Pictures/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock Image caption The scene in the new Peter Rabbit film involving blackberries led to calls for a boycott The makers of the new film Peter Rabbit have apologised after facing a backlash over their depiction of a character’s allergy. A scene in the film shows a character who suffers a blackberry […]

First human eggs grown in laboratory

Media caption‘It could be of huge benefit to children having cancer treatment’ Human eggs have been grown in the laboratory for the first time, say researchers at the University of Edinburgh. The team say the technique could lead to new ways of preserving the fertility of children having cancer treatment. It is also an opportunity […]

Hip fracture patients face up to 80-day wait for rehab, survey finds

Image copyright Getty Images Hip fracture patients in England and Wales are waiting up to 80 days to get rehabilitation treatment after leaving hospital, according to a survey of nearly 6,000 patients. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy said people face a “postcode lottery” over waits, with only one in five people being seen within a […]