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‘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 […]

‘Remarkable’ therapy beats terminal breast cancer

Image copyright Judy Perkins The life of a woman with terminal breast cancer has been saved by a pioneering new therapy, say US researchers. It involved pumping 90 billion cancer-killing immune cells into her body. Judy Perkins had been given three months to live, but two years later there is no sign of cancer in […]

‘Remarkable’ therapy beats terminal breast cancer

Image copyright Judy Perkins The life of a woman with terminal breast cancer has been saved by a pioneering new therapy, say US researchers. It involved pumping 90 billion cancer-killing immune cells into her body. Judy Perkins had been given three months to live, but two years later there is no sign of cancer in […]

World Cup fans advised to get MMR jab

Image copyright Reuters Football fans travelling to Russia for the World Cup should ensure they are up-to-date with their MMR jab, Public Health England has advised. It follows ongoing large measles outbreaks in Europe. Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be fatal. The Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine is given in two […]

Prostate cancer immune system drug results could be ‘spectacular’

Image copyright Reuters Drugs that boost the immune system have saved the lives of some men with terminal prostate cancer, say doctors in the UK. The team at the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden Hospital in London said the results were “spectacular” and a “big deal”. However, the therapy will not work […]

Rikke Schmidt Kjaergaard on surviving being ‘locked’ inside her body.

Image copyright Katrine Philp Image caption Rikke Schmidt Kjaergaard could only communicate by blinking Imagine suddenly finding yourself in a world where you can’t speak, move or even breathe unaided. Your heart stopped on the way to hospital, meaning you’ve briefly technically died, but they managed to keep you alive. But now you have to, […]