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'Sometimes we need help'

Image copyright Own Image caption Gavin struggled after losing his job For four years, Gavin, 31, struggled to go further than his own doorstep, because of his weight. He first texted BBC Radio 5 live’s Afternoon Edition programme in 2016 – and we’ve spoken to him twice since. This is the story – in his […]

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Sperm quality improved by adding nuts to diet, study says

Image copyright Getty Images Eating nuts regularly could improve sperm health, a study suggests. Men who ate about two handfuls of mixed almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts daily for 14 weeks improved their sperm count and had more viable “swimmers”, scientists found. The study comes amid a decline in sperm counts across the Western world, linked […]

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Give your bones a workout, public told

Image copyright Getty Images Too many of us are neglecting to do exercises for strong muscles and bones, says Public Health England (PHE). It’s launched a new report giving advice on how people can age better by doing the right workouts. While the message about doing aerobic exercise for a healthy heart and lungs is […]

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NHS Street: Voices from Aneurin Bevan's Tredegar

The NHS’ founding father, Aneurin Bevan, was born and lived in Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, in a small miner’s cottage on Charles Street. Here, on a neighbouring road, three generations of one family and a local doctor tell of their interactions with the NHS and their hopes and fears for its future. Image caption Kay Thomas […]

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The challenges faced by doctors with disabilities

The regulatory body which oversees the education and training of doctors says there are “unacceptable barriers” in recruiting and educating disabled medics. Around one in five of the UK population has a disability, yet the General Medical Council estimates only 3% of medics and doctors have a declared disability. It’s now calling for universities and […]

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NHS future: Why genome mapping could be good news

Technology is changing health care in a myriad of different ways, and within that, genome mapping is potentially revolutionary. One consequence of that, is it arguably makes a stronger case for the NHS than there has ever been. Here the former chief executive of the NHS, in England, Sir David Nicholson, sets out his argument […]

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Decision on medical cannabis within weeks

Image caption Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley both have severe epilepsy The government says it will reach a decision within the next few weeks on whether laws around medical cannabis will be changed. The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs is now assessing the “balance of harms and public health needs” in terms of […]

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Illegal levels of air pollution linked to child's death

Image caption Ella wasn’t born with asthma A nine-year-old girl’s fatal asthma attack has been linked to illegally high levels of air pollution. Ella Kissi-Debrah lived 25m (80ft) from London’s South Circular Road – a notorious pollution “hotspot”. She experienced three years of seizures and hospital stays before her death in February 2013. During that […]

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Countess of Chester Hospital: Woman held in baby deaths probe

Image copyright Dennis Turner/Geograph Image caption Police have been investigating neonatal deaths between March 2015 and July 2016 A “healthcare professional” has been arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies and attempting to kill six others at a hospital. Cheshire Police said the woman’s arrest was a “significant step forward” in an investigation into deaths […]