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Divorce likely to put weight on children, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Children whose parents are divorced are more likely to get fat than those whose parents stay together, say researchers. The weight gain is particularly marked in children whose parents divorce before they are six, the study found. Researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science analysed data on 7,574 […]

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What personalised medicine could mean for your health

Image copyright Getty Images Medicine has always been personal to some extent – a doctor looks for the best way to help the patient sitting in front of them. But with advances in technology, it is becoming possible to use the most unique of characteristics – our genomes – to tailor treatments for individuals. Genomes […]

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Lyme disease has ‘dominated’ my life

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMorven-May MacCallum is still suffering nine years after starting treatment Morven-May MacCallum says her life is still “completely dominated” by Lyme disease, nine years on from starting treatment. About 200 people a year in Scotland are recorded with the disease but the true number is thought to […]

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Listeria outbreak: Health secretary orders NHS food review

Image copyright PAImage caption Matt Hancock says he is “incredibly concerned” by the outbreak A “root and branch” review of hospital food has been ordered by the health secretary after two more patient deaths were linked to an outbreak of listeria. Public Health England (PHE) confirmed on Friday the total number of deaths related to […]

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End-of-life care not ‘culturally competent’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHospice support for BAME families A study has been launched to try to boost the number of black and Asian people using end-of-life care services. Figures suggest black and Asian patients are 20% less likely to seek palliative help than their white counterparts. There is concern they […]

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Deadly Ebola outbreak ‘not global threat’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC’s Anne Soy reports from the Uganda-DR Congo border The World Health Organization has decided not to declare a global emergency over the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The WHO said Ebola was “very much an emergency” in the region, but it did […]

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Contaminated blood: What caused the NHS scandal?

Image copyright PA The infection of up to 30,000 people with contaminated blood has been called the biggest treatment disaster in NHS history. Thousands have died. A public inquiry is now under way – but what is already known about the scandal? Who was affected? People with haemophilia and other bleeding disorders were given blood […]

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Tattoo parlours pose infection risk, warn health experts

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Procedures which involving piercing the skin are an infection risk Shops offering tattoos and piercings pose an infection risk, and laws on who works in them should be tightened, say public health experts. At present, anyone in the UK can set up a parlour and offer procedures without proper training, […]