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Heatwave causes spike in insect bite calls to NHS

Heatwave causes spike in insect bite calls to NHS

Media captionThe horsefly slices a small cut in your skin and soaks up the blood Although many of us are enjoying the balmy temperatures of this year’s heatwave, unfortunately for some, biting insects are flourishing too. Calls to the NHS helpline 111 about insect bites are almost double the rate they normally are at this […]

The eye doctor who could not see the stars

The eye doctor who could not see the stars

Media captionHow an app gave a boy his sight back For many years, Dr Andrew Bastawrous could not see clearly enough to spot the leaves on trees or the stars in the sky. Teachers kept telling him he was lazy and he kept missing the football during games. Then, aged 12, his mother took him […]

Seven-year-old granted cannabis licence

Seven-year-old granted cannabis licence

Image copyright Gibson family Image caption Sophia Gibson from Newtownards, County Down has Dravet Syndrome A seven-year-old girl who suffers with a rare genetic condition has been granted a license for medicinal cannabis. Sophia Gibson, from Newtownards, County Down suffers with Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. The condition is caused by a rare […]

Mencap wins ‘unaffordable’ overnight back pay appeal

Mencap wins ‘unaffordable’ overnight back pay appeal

Image copyright Getty Images Care workers who had to stay overnight as part of their job will not be entitled to back pay at the minimum wage after a Court of Appeal ruling. The charity Mencap, who won the appeal, argued that a previous tribunal decision which compelled care providers to fund six years’ back […]

NHS still reliant on ‘archaic’ fax machines

NHS still reliant on ‘archaic’ fax machines

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Doctors are using old-fashioned fax machines to communicate Hospitals are still reliant on “archaic” fax machines with thousands still in use, a survey shows. Senior doctors said the continued use of the outdated technology was “ludicrous”, and modern forms of communication were urgently needed. The poll, by the Royal […]

‘Virtual reality cured my fear of heights’

‘Virtual reality cured my fear of heights’

Image copyright Fay Nugent Image caption Fay celebrating her achievement at a rooftop bar Fay Nugent developed a fear of heights in her 30s. “It began after I went on a girls’ weekend away,” she says. “We had gone on an adventure activity called a tree-top walk. “I managed to climb up to do it […]

Emerging sex disease MG ‘could become next superbug’

Emerging sex disease MG ‘could become next superbug’

Image copyright Getty Images A little known sexually transmitted infection could become the next superbug unless people become more vigilant, experts are warning. Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) often has no symptoms but can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can leave some women infertile. MG can be missed – and if it is not treated correctly, it […]

Stopping type 1 diabetes from birth

Stopping type 1 diabetes from birth

Image copyright Getty Images Experts believe they may have found a way to prevent high risk babies from developing type 1 diabetes. The idea is to train infants’ immune systems by giving them powdered insulin to offer life-long protection. Insulin is the hormone that controls blood sugar, which goes awry in diabetes. Pregnant women visiting […]

Alcohol-related brain damage at 10-year high

Alcohol-related brain damage at 10-year high

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people admitted to hospital in Scotland with alcohol-related brain damage has reached a 10-year high. A total of 661 people required treatment for brain injury after alcohol misuse between 2016-17, the equivalent of nearly two people a day. Alcohol-related brain damage can lead to problems with memory and […]

Sophia Gibson: Cannabis oil wait girl admitted to hospital

Sophia Gibson: Cannabis oil wait girl admitted to hospital

Image copyright Gibson family Image caption Sophia Gibson from Newtownards, County Down has Dravet Syndrome A seven-year-old girl who is waiting to hear if she can be treated with medicinal cannabis oil has been admitted to intensive care. Sophia Gibson, from Newtownards, County Down, suffers from a genetic condition which can lead to frequent fits. […]

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