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Beth Shipsey: Family to challenge suicide conclusion

Image copyright Family Handout Image caption Bethany Shipsey died after taking an overdose of diet pills The family of a woman who died after taking overdosing on diet pills is applying for a judicial review to overturn a conclusion of suicide. Bethany Shipsey, 21, from Worcester, died after taking tablets containing the substance DNP in […]

Cancer delays ‘leave patients at risk’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The aim is for patients to get all the checks they need under one roof The lives of cancer patients are being put at risk, experts say, as the NHS struggles to see people quickly enough. Patients are meant to start cancer treatment within 62 days of it being […]

App technology allows medics to view 999 patients

Image copyright GoodSam Image caption A doctor viewing a 999 caller A new app which allows air ambulance services to view patients before they arrive to treat them is being trialled in two areas of England. The GoodSam app sends a link to the 999 caller’s mobile phone, which opens live streaming. Medics can then […]

EastEnders star Barbara Windsor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption Dame Barbara Windsor with her husband Scott Mitchell pictured together in December 2017 The actress Dame Barbara Windsor has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, her husband has said. Scott Mitchell, 55, confirmed to the BBC that his 80-year-old wife had been given the news in April 2014. He said the EastEnders […]

The boy who could save your life

Max Johnson is asking politicians to change the organ donation system in England. If approved it would require people to “opt out” if they do not want their organs used. The incredible moment Max, from Winsford in Cheshire, gets his new heart is featured in “Heart Transplant: A Chance to Live” on BBC Two at […]

Visa clampdown ‘hits cancer patients’

Image copyright Getty Images Cancer patients are being put at risk by immigration rules, say specialist doctors. NHS hospital trusts are struggling to recruit genetic counsellors, who identify people at risk of hereditary cancer and other serious conditions. Some hospitals rely on foreign workers, who now find it difficult to get visas as immigration rules […]

Visa clampdown ‘hits cancer patients’

Image copyright Getty Images Cancer patients are being put at risk by immigration rules, say specialist doctors. NHS hospital trusts are struggling to recruit genetic counsellors, who identify people at risk of hereditary cancer and other serious conditions. Some hospitals rely on foreign workers, who now find it difficult to get visas as immigration rules […]

Ditch cranberry juice for urine infections

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Drinking lots of cranberry juice is no way to fix a urine infection, say new draft guidelines from health body the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Although some studies have claimed it may help, NICE says there is not enough good evidence to recommend it. Instead, people should […]

Potential new cure found for baldness

Image copyright Getty Images A potential new cure for baldness has been discovered using a drug originally intended to treat osteoporosis. Enhanced hair growth is a side-effect of a different drug, cyclosporine A, used to treat autoimmune diseases. And researchers found it also inhibited a protein, SFRP1, that blocks a molecular pathway, WNT, vital for […]

Chronic fatigue syndrome treatment ‘should be withdrawn’

Image copyright Sophie Cooklyn Image caption Sophie Cooklyn, who features in Newsbeat’s documentary, has ME and finds sound and light agonising A common treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome should be scrapped immediately, according to one of the UK’s leading experts in the illness. Dr Charles Shepherd says graded exercise therapy (GET) can actually be harmful […]