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Early brain ‘signs of Parkinson’s’ found

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have identified the earliest signs of Parkinson’s disease in the brain, 15 to 20 years before symptoms appear. Scans of a small number of high-risk patients found malfunctions in the brain’s serotonin system, which controls mood, sleep and movement. The King’s College London researchers say the discovery could […]

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Campaign girl ‘ineligible’ for muscle wasting drug

Image copyright Katie PrescottImage caption Heidi Prescott-Booth had campaigned for the drug Spinraza to be approved for use on the NHS The family of a girl who campaigned for a drug to treat her muscle-wasting disease to be made available on the NHS said they understand she is not eligible to receive it. Heidi Prescott-Both, […]

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Minimum alcohol price law in Wales delayed to 2020

Image copyright PA Plans for a minimum price of alcohol in Wales are being delayed until at least early 2020 after an EU member state held up the process. It was expected the new regime would be in place by this summer. But EU rules have stalled the proposals after Portugal intervened. Scotland’s system has […]

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Vaccines: Low trust in vaccination ‘a global crisis’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIt’s a numbers game… if some people are not vaccinated, it can cause a big problem for us all Public mistrust of vaccines means the world is taking a step backwards in the fight against deadly yet preventable infectious diseases, warn experts. The biggest global study into […]

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Measles vaccine fears cost me my children

As cases of measles soar globally, the Philippines in facing a major outbreak. Since a controversy over a dengue fever vaccine, confidence has fallen in the country’s immunisation programmes. Arlyn B. Calos told the BBC that misinformation on television and social media led her to ignore government advice to have her children vaccinated against measles, […]

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Women not aware enough of breast cancer link to alcohol

Image copyright Getty Images Women know too little about alcohol’s role in increasing breast cancer risk, a study suggests. Only one in five women attending a breast cancer clinic knew it was a risk factor. But alcohol consumption is estimated to be responsible for 5-11% of cases. Cancer Research UK said cutting down on alcohol […]

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Hyponatraemia whistleblower and health service ‘failed’

Image caption The 14-year inquiry into hyponatraemia-related deaths was set up to examine the deaths of the children – Adam Strain, Raychel Ferguson, Claire Roberts and Conor Mitchell. Lucy Crawford’s family chose not to release a photograph An investigation into how a whistleblower’s hyponatraemia concerns were handled by officials has found the wrong conclusions were […]

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The gay men breaking blood donation rules

Image copyright Getty Images Men who have sex with men are barred from giving blood in England, Scotland and Wales for three months after sexual activity – but some are deciding to break the rules. “It galls me every time I hear an advert on the radio asking for people to give blood, when there’s […]

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Lives ‘destroyed by NHS eating disorder failures’

Image copyright Getty Images Lives are being lost and destroyed by the failure of the NHS in England to provide care for people with eating disorders, MPs and campaigners say. They say more than a million people have an eating disorder, but specialist help is often difficult to access. It leaves patients relying on GPs […]

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Listeria outbreak: More affected hospitals named

Image copyright Getty Images Eight hospitals in seven NHS Trusts have reported cases of listeria linked to pre-packed sandwiches and salads eaten by patients, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed. The list includes Leicester Royal Infirmary and two hospitals in Western Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, along with hospitals in Derby, Liverpool, Manchester and Wexham. Nine […]