‘I gave birth, and got Hepatitis C’

‘I gave birth, and got Hepatitis C’

Image caption Jackie describes the effects of having hepatitis C as “trauma after trauma” When Jackie Britton was given a blood transfusion after childbirth, she thought it was saving her life. But the infected blood could have killed her. There...
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‘Don’t go cold turkey’ to quit smoking

‘Don’t go cold turkey’ to quit smoking

Image copyright Getty Images Smokers looking to quit as part of the annual Stoptober campaign are being warned not to go “cold turkey”. Government health officials have said smokers stand a much greater chance of succeeding giving up by using...
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Shropshire hospitals baby deaths review cases rise to over 100

Shropshire hospitals baby deaths review cases rise to over 100

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJack Burn died hours after being born at Princess Royal Hospital in Telford A review into mother and baby deaths and injuries at hospitals in Shropshire is examining more than 100 cases,...
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Pregnancy weight gain ‘going unmeasured’

Pregnancy weight gain ‘going unmeasured’

Image copyright Getty Images Midwives are calling for official guidance on how much weight is healthy for women to put on during pregnancy. One in five women in the UK are obese when they start pregnancy, yet there is no...
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Trans fats ban goes into effect in Canada

Trans fats ban goes into effect in Canada

A ban on the main source of artificial trans fats took effect Monday.Partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are the main source of industry-produced trans fats, according to Health Canada, and are normally used to create a certain consistency in food or to...
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Deaths spiked during UK heatwave

Deaths spiked during UK heatwave

Image copyright Getty Images There was a spike in deaths in England at the start of this summer’s heatwave, new data reveals. But statisticians say it is too early to tell how many of them can be attributed directly to...
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‘Aspirin-a-day risky in old age’ – major study

‘Aspirin-a-day risky in old age’ – major study

Image copyright Getty Images Elderly people in good health should not take an aspirin a day, according to a major study in the US and Australia. There are proven benefits of the drug for people after a heart attack or...
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‘My girl’s meningitis was diagnosed as ear infection’

‘My girl’s meningitis was diagnosed as ear infection’

Image copyright Other It was a Sunday last August and Kirstie Walkden’s nine-month-old daughter, Amy, had been out of sorts for a few days. Worried, she decided to take her to the local accident and emergency unit, where Amy was...
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Vapers rise ‘to more than three million’ in Britain

Vapers rise ‘to more than three million’ in Britain

Image copyright Science Photo Library The number of vapers in Great Britain has topped three million for the first time – four times the number in 2012, according to a survey by Action on Smoking and Health. Most use e-cigarettes...
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Cancer waiting times ‘at worst level ever’ in England

Cancer waiting times ‘at worst level ever’ in England

Image copyright SPLImage caption The statistics cover waits for tests such as MRI scans The key cancer target has been missed by a record margin in England, figures show. Patients who are given an urgent referral by their GP are...
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