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Measles cases hit record high in Europe

Measles cases hit record high in Europe

Image copyright SPL Image caption Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be deadly Cases of measles in Europe have hit a record high, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 41,000 people have been infected in the first six months of 2018, leading to 37 deaths. Last year there were […]

‘I broke every bone in my face – and survived’

‘I broke every bone in my face – and survived’

Image copyright Tom Locke Image caption Tom Locke spent three weeks in hospital NHS reorganisations are not very popular – but Tom Locke probably owes his life to one. The 41-year-old was inspecting pigeon nests on his roof at home in Hythe on the Kent coast last October when disaster struck. He fell from his […]

Child passive smoking ‘increases chronic lung risk’

Child passive smoking ‘increases chronic lung risk’

Image copyright Getty Images Non-smoking adults have a higher risk of dying from serious lung disease if they grew up with parents who smoked, according to US research. The researchers said childhood passive smoking was “likely to add seven deaths to every 100,000 non-smoking adults dying annually”. The study of 70,900 non-smoking men and women […]

How the humble cabbage can stop cancers

How the humble cabbage can stop cancers

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have discovered why some vegetables – including cabbage, broccoli and kale – can reduce the risk of bowel cancers. That cruciferous veg is good for the gut has never been in doubt but a detailed explanation has been elusive. The team at the Francis Crick Institute found anti-cancer […]

Surgeons’ warning over Botox on High Street

Surgeons’ warning over Botox on High Street

Image copyright Getty Images Surgeons have warned about the health risks of Botox and fillers, after a High Street retailer said it would start offering the cosmetic treatments. Superdrug said it would provide the injections at one of its London branches, following feedback from nearly 10,000 customers. But surgeons warned that the procedures were not […]

Effects of psychedelic DMT ‘similar to near-death experiences’

Effects of psychedelic DMT ‘similar to near-death experiences’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption DMT is the major psychoactive compound in ayahuasca, a drink made from vines The effects of a powerful psychedelic drug are similar to a near-death experience, research suggests. Answers to a questionnaire showed a “striking similarity” between people describing a near-death experience and volunteers given DMT. The Imperial College […]

Mum battling rare form of dementia at the age of 33

A mother is battling a rare form of aggressive dementia at the age of 33. Rachel Potter, from Chesterfield in Derbyshire, inherited Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker (GSS) syndrome from her mother June who is now in palliative care. There is no cure for the condition. Her father Kevin, from Nottinghamshire, is now fundraising to take her and his […]

Cystic fibrosis boy, 8, urges firm to lower Orkambi drug price

Cystic fibrosis boy, 8, urges firm to lower Orkambi drug price

Image caption Luis Walker wrote to the prime minister asking for her help to make the drug available An eight-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis has urged a pharmaceutical firm to lower the price of a drug so it can be made available on the NHS. Luis Walker, from Horam, East Sussex, told Vertex Pharmaceuticals Orkambi […]

The radio ‘saved my little girl’s life’

The radio ‘saved my little girl’s life’

Image copyright DMI Image caption Marieta was just one when she fell into a coma with severe malaria When Marieta was just a year old she developed a high fever and became really unwell. Her family thought she had fallen under a curse that in parts of rural Burkina Faso is believed to happen when […]

Postpartum psychosis: Adele spotted her friend’s illness

Postpartum psychosis: Adele spotted her friend’s illness

Image copyright Getty Images Adele’s best friend says the singer was the first one to spot her postpartum psychosis. Laura Dockrill gave birth to a baby boy, who is Adele’s godson, in February this year. “She recognised it in me, I was on the phone FaceTiming her and she was the first one to detect […]

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