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Boris Johnson orders action to stop measles spread

Image copyright Getty Images Prime Minister Boris Johnson is ordering urgent action to ensure that children and young people in Britain are protected against measles. The disease can be stopped through two doses of the MMR vaccine, but immunisation rates have been falling for a number of reasons. And the UK has lost its measles-free […]

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The Nazi book of anatomy still used by surgeons

Image copyright Erich LepierImage caption An illustration from the atlas shows a man’s partially dissected cheek When nerve surgeon Dr Susan Mackinnon needed help to finish an operation, she reached, as she often does, for a mid-20th Century book of anatomy. Thanks to the complex hand-drawn illustrations – showing the human body peeled back layer […]

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Papworth marks first ‘successful’ UK heart transplant

Image copyright PA MediaImage caption Retired builder Keith Castle, 52, recovers in bed at the hospital a week after his heart transplant in August 1979 The son of the UK’s first “successful” heart transplant patient 40 years ago has spoken about how his father “became a celebrity overnight”. Keith Castle, then aged 52, lived for […]

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Organ donation: ‘My hero, he gave me his liver’

Tom Wilson died after an accident during a hockey match, but his organs and tissues have saved more than 50 people. His mother Lisa spoke to BBC Breakfast about the decision to donate his organs, and how they made contact with some of the recipients – including Fatima, aged six, who got Tom’s liver. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-49381122

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Candida auris: The new superbug on the block

Image copyright Getty Images The drug-resistant fungus, Candida auris, was only discovered 10 years ago, but is now one of the world’s most feared hospital microbes. There have been outbreaks across the world, and new research shows higher temperatures may have led to an increase in infections. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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Patients who cannot eat food ‘fear for lives’

Image copyright Lauren Mitchell Patients who cannot eat have told BBC News they are petrified and fear for their lives after problems making their replacement nutrition. They are completely dependent on bags filled with a liquid that contains everything their body needs and is infused directly into the bloodstream. The NHS in England has described […]

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Ipswich Hospital blackout caused by faulty battery

Image caption The power loss affected outpatients, X-rays, scans and pathology for nearly half an hour A faulty battery led to a back-up generator failing to kick in when a hospital lost power during a UK-wide power outage, it has been revealed. When two power stations became disconnected from the National Grid last Friday, power […]

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Nuneaton man loses 14 stone after refusing surgery

Jason Anderson had high blood pressure, diabetes and severe sleep apnoea. Doctors wanted to give the Nuneaton man gastric band treatment within a week of him being seen. But he refused, saying he wanted to lose the weight himself. He lost 14 stone (89kg) within two years and his health has improved. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-49362468

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Lyme disease: Older white women ‘at highest risk’

Image copyright Science Photo LibraryImage caption The characteristic bulls-eye rash seen in Lyme disease Older women are at most risk of contracting Lyme disease, a study suggests – and parts of southern and south-west England are “hotspots”. There are around 3,000 cases of the disease – a bacterial infection carried by ticks – each year […]