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Vitamin D

A report by a committee of independent nutrition experts has recommended that everyone in the UK should take vitamin D supplements, instead of just some groups of the population. Why?

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Biotrial Laboratory Rennes

One person has been left 'brain-dead' and five more have been hospitalised after a clinical trial on an experimental drug went wrong in France.

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Man flu

To most, 'man flu' is thought of as a pejorative, a way of teasing men who are complaining perhaps a little too much about the cold or influenza virus they’ve picked up.

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Nurofen

The manufacturer of a leading brand of painkiller has been accused of misleading customers.

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Processed meat

Processed meats - such as bacon, sausages and ham - do cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Diabetes signs

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are more than 25 million people living with diabetes, while about one third of those people are unaware that they

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cigarette

Addiction: It’s something most of us have struggled with at some point in our lives, and it’s something that many people still struggle with today.

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cigarette

A law banning smoking in vehicles carrying children has come into force in England and Wales.

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Clara Williams

Ever since she was in primary school, Clara Williams has struggled with her weight and, like many of us, has had a hard time staying away from sweets, chips, and other processed foods...

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Everyone asked to consume more vitamin D

A report by a committee of independent nutrition experts has recommended that everyone in the UK should take vitamin D supplements, instead of just some groups of the population. Why?

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One person brain-dead and five in hospital after drug testing 'accident'

One person has been left 'brain-dead' and five more have been hospitalised after a clinical trial on an experimental drug went wrong in France.

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Man Flu might actually be real after all

To most, 'man flu' is thought of as a pejorative, a way of teasing men who are complaining perhaps a little too much about the cold or influenza virus they’ve picked up.

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The strange psychology of pain relief medicine

The manufacturer of a leading brand of painkiller has been accused of misleading customers.

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Processed meats do cause cancer - World Health Organization

Processed meats - such as bacon, sausages and ham - do cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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10 early warning signs of diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are more than 25 million people living with diabetes, while about one third of those people are unaware that they

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This is what happens after you quit smoking

Addiction: It’s something most of us have struggled with at some point in our lives, and it’s something that many people still struggle with today.

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Car smoking ban comes into force

A law banning smoking in vehicles carrying children has come into force in England and Wales.

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How this woman lost 17 stones by NOT 'dieting'

Ever since she was in primary school, Clara Williams has struggled with her weight and, like many of us, has had a hard time staying away from sweets, chips, and other processed foods...

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America just admitted that cannabis DOES kill cancer cells

Conspiracy theorists have been saying it all along, but cannabis does apparently kill cancer cells according to the US government.

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Obese people who refuse to lose weight could see benefits cut

Overweight people who refuse to lose weight could see their benefits worth around £100 a week cut or suspended, David Cameron will announce.

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Bionic eye implant world first

Surgeons in Manchester have performed the first bionic eye implant in a patient with the most common cause of sight loss in the developed world.

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A surgical team mocks a sedated patient - and it’s all recorded

A Vienna man prepared for his colonoscopy by pressing record on his smartphone, to capture the instructions his doctor would give him after the procedure.

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Skinny jeans given health warning

Skinny jeans can seriously damage muscles and nerves, doctors have said.

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11 ways to keep cool in the heatwave

If it's scorching where you are, you're no doubt loving the barbecues, drinks after work and balmy holiday vibe, but probably not enjoying the sleeping in a hot, stuffy bedroom or perspiring on public transport part.

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Not brushing your teeth can lead to dementia and heart disease

Neglecting to brush your teeth can trigger dementia and heart disease, while also helping to make you look older a new study has found.

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Cancer drug combination 'shrinks 60 percent of melanomas'

A pair of cancer drugs can shrink tumours in nearly 60 percent of people with advanced melanoma, a new trial has suggested.

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Lung cancer therapy is 'milestone'

A lung cancer therapy can more than double life expectancy in some patients, a 'milestone' trial shows.

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Face transplant man meets donor's sister

A woman, whose brother was killed in a traffic accident, has met the man who was given his face in a pioneering transplant operation.

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Scientists provide proof that viruses can combat cancer

Scientists have the first proof that a 'brand new' way of combating cancer, using genetically modified viruses to attack tumour cells, can benefit patients.

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Girl's epilepsy seizures reduced drastically due to cannabis

The parents of a three-year-old girl with epilepsy claim that since being treated with medical cannabis her daily seizures have fallen from more than 100 a day to fewer than 10.

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Elderly people who exercise 'live five years longer'

Regular exercise in old age has as powerful an effect on life expectancy as giving up smoking, researchers say.

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A strong grip lessens heart attacks and strokes, study claims

The strength of a person’s grip may indicate how likely they are to suffer heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems, according to an extensive new study.

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Woman gets £8 million payout for NHS operation blunder

A woman who suffered irreversible brain damage during treatment for an ectopic pregnancy has been awarded High Court damages worth £8 million.

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Mental health spending cuts forecast

Mental health trusts in England are forecasting significant cuts to their funding over the next four years.

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Blood test 'boost' in ovarian cancer fight

Regular blood tests can detect 86% of ovarian cancers before the point at which women normally would be diagnosed, according to a trial that could lead to national screening.

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Mother with breast cancer refuses surgery and chemotherapy

A young mother-of-two has refused NHS cancer treatment and is trying to cure herself with herbal remedies and a raw food diet instead.

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HIV vaccine that transforms cell DNA brings fresh hope

A radical new approach to vaccination seems to completely protect monkeys from HIV, US scientists report.

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Menopause lasts 'up to 14 years' new study says

Women going through the menopause may suffer hot flushes for as long as 14 years, warn researchers.

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'Skunk-like cannabis' increases risk of psychosis

Smoking potent cannabis was linked to 24% of new psychosis cases analysed in a study by King's College London.

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Obese could lose benefits if they refuse treatment

People who cannot work because they are obese or have alcohol or drug problems could have their sickness benefits cut if they refuse treatment, the PM says.

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England bans smoking in cars with children

Drivers in England will be banned from smoking in their cars if they are carrying children as passengers.

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Woman 'cured by lucky DNA mutation'

A woman with a rare disease has been spontaneously cured in an event so improbable doctors say it is the medical equivalent of a lottery win.

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E-cigarettes 'may harm the lungs and immune system'

E-cigarettes contain some toxic chemicals and are not a safe alternative to smoking tobacco, US research suggests.

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Too much jogging 'as bad as no exercise at all'

Too much jogging may be as bad for you as not putting on your running shoes at all, a report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology says.

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MPs say yes to three-person babies

In an historic move, MPs have voted in favour of the creation of babies with DNA from two women and one man.

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Asthma diagnosis 'may be wrong' in one million adults

More than a million adults in the UK may be wrongly diagnosed as asthmatic and be receiving unnecessary medication as a result, warns an NHS watchdog.

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Obesity can be a disability, EU court rules

Obesity can in severe cases constitute a disability, a European Union court has ruled, establishing a precedent that could affect employment rights across the continent.

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Rules for babies 'from three people'

The rules for creating babies from three people - which state only two would be classed as parents - have been announced by the UK government.

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Yoga may guard against heart disease, study finds

Doing yoga may be a good way to protect against heart disease, particularly if you cannot do more vigorous exercise, research suggests.

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Nearly 50% take prescription drugs

Half of women and 43% of men in England are now regularly taking prescription drugs, according to the comprehensive Health Survey for England.

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Woman grows fingernails instead of hair all over her body

Imagine being 28-years old, at the prime of your life, and being hit by a disease so devastating that you didn't even know it existed.

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Devon NHS: Smokers and obese face surgery bar

Smokers and the morbidly obese in Devon will be denied routine surgery unless they quit smoking or lose weight.

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Mediterranean diet keeps people 'genetically young'

Following a Mediterranean diet might be a recipe for a long life because it appears to keep people genetically younger, say US researchers.

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HIV evolving 'into milder form'

HIV is evolving to become less deadly and less infectious, according to a major scientific study.

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Ebola vaccine 'promising' say scientists after human trial

The first human trial of an experimental vaccine against Ebola suggests that it is safe and may help the immune system to combat the virus.

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Obesity 'costing same as smoking'

The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change, research has suggested.

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Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant

A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.

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Untested drugs bill a step closer

A new law that would allow terminally-ill patients in England and Wales to be given untested medicines has received government backing.

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Mental health patients 'sent 200 miles' for care

A mental health service has said it is being forced to send patients almost 200 miles away for treatment because it is struggling to meet demand for beds.

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Breast cancer awareness month: Lisa's story

To mark the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 36-yr-old Lisa Charran, shares her story.

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Swedish woman gives birth to baby with transplanted womb

A woman in Sweden has given birth to a baby boy using a transplanted womb, in a medical first, doctors report.

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Brain repair 'may be boosted by curry spice'

A spice commonly found in curries may boost the brain's ability to heal itself, according to a report in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy.

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Sunbed study finds repeated use increases skin cancer risk

Sunbed users are still at risk of skin cancer even if they do not burn their skin, according to a new study.

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'Ban E-cigarette use indoors,' says WHO

The World Health Organization says there should be a ban on the use of e-cigarettes indoors and that sales to children should stop.

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Britain's first FGM clinic to open in London in September

Britain's first specialist clinic for child victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) is set to open in London next month.

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Two minutes exercise a week can beat ageing

British experts say a quick blast of activity staves off the ravages of time and makes for a fit and healthy old age

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WHO says it's ethical to use untested Ebola drugs

Untested drugs can be used to treat patients infected with the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization says.

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Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system

Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable".

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Vitamin C keeps cancer at bay, US research suggests

High-dose vitamin C can boost the cancer-killing effect of chemotherapy in the lab and mice, research suggests.

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Stem cell 'major discovery' claimed

Stem cell researchers are heralding a "major scientific discovery", with the potential to start a new age of personalised medicine.

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DDT Pesticide linked to Alzheimer's disease

Exposure to a once widely used pesticide, DDT, may increase the chances of developing Alzheimer's disease, suggest US researchers.

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Scientific research - A cure for all cancers is on the way

Millions of cancer sufferers have been given fresh hope of a cure after ground-breaking research.

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Caffeine pill 'could boost memory'

A US study has raised the possibility that we may one day rely on caffeine to boost memory as well as to wake up.

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Science - 'Sticky balls' may stop cancer spreading

Cancer-killing "sticky balls" can destroy tumour cells in the blood and may prevent cancers spreading, early research suggests.

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Severed hand kept alive by graft on to man's ankle

Chinese doctors have saved a man's severed hand by grafting it to his ankle, it is reported.

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Never too old to take up exercise

Taking up exercise in your 60s will still help stave off major ill health and dementia, research suggests.

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The problem with taking too many vitamins

Millions of people swear by vitamin supplements. But many are wasting their time and some could even be harming themselves, argues Dr Chris van Tulleken.

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Scientists take big step towards universal flu vaccine

Scientists say they have made a significant leap towards creating a vaccine that would protect against every form of flu.

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UK is Europe's 'addictions capital', says think tank

The UK has become the drug and alcohol "addictions capital of Europe", a think tank has warned.

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Miniature 'human brain' grown in lab

Miniature "human brains" have been grown in a lab in a feat scientists hope will transform the understanding of neurological disorders.

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Why weight gain in middle age is not inevitable

It makes men and women despair. A bulging waistline and a protruding belly are often the first signs that middle age has taken over.

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Ban lifted for NHS staff with HIV

The government is to lift a ban that stops healthcare staff with HIV performing certain medical procedures.

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Breast cancer drugs 'could treat lung cancer'

Experimental drugs already used to treat breast cancer may also fight lung cancer, research reveals.

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'Big leap' towards curing blindness in stem cell study

The prospect of reversing blindness has made a significant leap, according to scientists in the UK.

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British Asians set lower BMI target

Health advisers have set a new, lower obesity measure threshold for British Asians.

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Good night's sleep 'protects heart'

Seven or more hours' sleep a night boosts the benefits to the heart of a healthy lifestyle, research suggests.

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UK government backs three-person IVF

The UK looks set to become the first country to allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people, after the government backed the IVF technique.

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Breast cancer: NHS to offer tamoxifen to at-risk women

Thousands of women across Britain with a family history of breast cancer are to be offered drugs on the NHS to help prevent the disease.

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Men 'to blame for the menopause'

Hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings - menopause and its side effects can all be blamed on men, experts suggest.

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Throat cancer 'caused by oral sex' says Michael Douglas

Hollywood actor Michael Douglas says oral sex caused his throat cancer.

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Advances made in medical human cloning

Human cloning has been used to produce early embryos, marking a "significant step" for medicine, say US scientists.

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How the brain really works

For the last 20 years neuroscientists have shown us compelling pictures of brain areas "lighting up" when we see or hear, love or hate, plan or act.

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Smoking 'poses bigger risk to women'

Smoking may pose a bigger health threat to women than men, say researchers.

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Mentally ill patients in Indonesia held in chains

All around a compound at the Galuh Foundation there are men and women lying on wooden platforms that are doubling up as makeshift beds.

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Red meat chemical 'damages heart', say scientists

A chemical found in red meat helps explain why eating too much steak, mince and bacon is bad for the heart say US scientists.

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Male baldness 'indicates heart risk'

Men going thin on top may be more likely to have heart problems than their friends with a full head of hair, according to researchers in Japan.

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Male bowel cancer on the increase

Bowel cancer rates among men have increased by more than a quarter in the last 35 years, a report has suggested.

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Basic care for elderly 'lacking'

Basic care for the elderly in hospitals and care homes in England is still not good enough, the regulator says.

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Phages may be key in bacteria battle

They might look like sinister aliens, but these bacteria-munching viruses could be the next weapon in the fight against infectious diseases.

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Liver kept alive outside human body for first time

Surgeons in London have carried out the first 'warm liver' transplant using an organ which was 'kept alive' at body temperature in a machine.

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Early HIV drugs 'functionally cure about one in 10'

Rapid treatment after HIV infection may be enough to "functionally cure" about a 10th of those diagnosed early, say researchers in France.

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Antibiotics resistance 'as big a risk as terrorism'

The danger posed by growing resistance to antibiotics should be ranked along with terrorism on a list of threats to the nation, the government's chief medical officer for England has said.

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Researchers grow teeth from gum cells

Dentists may one day be able to replace missing teeth with ones newly grown from gum cells, say UK researchers.

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'Early death' link to processed meat

Sausages, ham, bacon and other processed meats appear to increase the risk of dying young, a study of half a million people across Europe suggests.

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Mortality Index: Predict how long you're likely to live

Want to know your chances of dying in the next 10 years? Here are some bad signs: getting winded walking several blocks, smoking, and having trouble pushing a chair across the room.

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UK 'fares badly in European health league table'

The UK is lagging behind progress by similar countries on many indicators for ill-health, research suggests.

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Analysis: A cure for HIV?

A baby girl has been "functionally cured" of HIV in the US. The difference it will make to her life could be huge - avoiding a lifetime of medication, social stigma and worries about whether to tell friends and family.

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US HIV baby 'cured' by early drug treatment

A baby girl in the US born with HIV appears to have been cured after very early treatment with standard drug therapy, doctors say.

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Prescription charges to rise by 20p in England

The cost of prescription charges in England will rise by 20p to £7.85 from 1 April, the government has announced.

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Dementia 'affects 80% of care home residents'

More than 320,000 of the 400,000 people living in care homes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland now have dementia or severe memory problems, the Alzheimer's Society charity estimates.

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Bad sleep 'dramatically' alters body

A run of poor sleep can have a dramatic effect on the internal workings of the human body, say UK researchers.

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NHS foreign doctors must speak English, say ministers

Foreign doctors wanting to treat NHS patients in England will have to prove they have the necessary English skills, the government has confirmed.

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Shisha smokers must be aware of the serious health risks

Birmingham health chiefs have issued a warning about the serious risks associated with shisha pipe smoking following a sevenfold increase in the number of shisha bars across the city.

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Can an intense workout help you live longer?

Bombarded with adverts promising a longer, healthier life, BBC News Los Angeles correspondent Peter Bowes goes in search of eternal youth.

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Tax fizzy drinks and ban junk food ads, say doctors

Fizzy drinks should be heavily taxed and junk food adverts banished until after the watershed, doctors have said, in a call for action over obesity.

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Family sugar remedy tested for healing people's wounds

A nurse is researching whether an old family remedy using sugar to heal wounds does actually work.

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HIV increase in gay men caused by fall in condom use

A fall in the proportion of gay and bisexual men using condoms is behind the rise in HIV infections in those groups in the UK, say researchers.

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Signs the new Sars-like virus can spread between people

Health officials in the UK believe they have the strongest evidence yet that a new respiratory illness similar to the deadly Sars virus can spread from person to person.

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Coca Cola 'linked to woman's death'

Drinking large quantities of Coca-Cola was a "substantial factor" in the death of a 30-year-old woman in New Zealand, a coroner has said.

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Doctors 'miss' underweight children, UCL study suggests

Doctors may be failing to spot tell-tale signs in children who are underweight, a study suggests.

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Measles cases at '18-year high'

Measles cases in England and Wales have risen to 2,016 in 2012, the highest annual total for 18 years, says the Health Protection Agency.

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Woman claims contact lens caused her to go blind

Jacqueline Stone is launching legal action after losing her eyeball which she claims was caused by wearing popular disposable contact lenses for just a day that she'd bought online.

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Sperm donors can seek access to kids

Men who donate sperm can apply to seek a role in the lives of their biological children, the High Court has ruled.

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HIV in gay men 'refuses to fall'

Huge improvements in treating and testing for HIV have failed to curb infections in gay and bisexual men in England and Wales, a study suggests.

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Nearly one-in-four Birmingham youngsters is obese

Birmingham's new health boss has branded the rising number of fat children in the city as "almost a scandal" - with a quarter of 10 and 11-year-olds now clinically obese.

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Antibiotic 'apocalypse' warning

The rise in drug resistant infections is comparable to the threat of global warming, according to the chief medical officer for England.

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'Quadruple helix' DNA seen in human cells

Cambridge University scientists say they have seen four-stranded DNA at work in human cells for the first time.

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Childhood asthma 'admissions down' after smoking ban

There was a sharp fall in the number of children admitted to hospital with severe asthma after smoke-free legislation was introduced in England, say researchers.

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Men: How to cancer-proof your body

We look at the tried and tested ways of giving your body the best chance of avoiding cancer.

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Going paperless 'would save NHS billions'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants the NHS to be paperless by 2018 - a move a report says could help save the health service billions of pounds a year.

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Breast cancer drug tamoxifen recommended...

Women in England and Wales with a strong family history of breast cancer could be offered medication on the NHS to try to prevent the disease.

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Fast-food 'linked to childhood asthma and eczema'

Eating fast food three times a week may lead to asthma and eczema in children, say researchers who have looked at global disease and dietary patterns.

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'My child's massive stroke, aged 11'

Soniya Mundy remembers screaming at the ambulance crew who answered her 999 call one night after she found her son, Kray, lying on the floor of his bedroom unable to move.

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Lung infection identified using 'breath-print'

Identifying the "smell" of different types of lung bacteria could lead to a simple breath test to diagnose infections, a study on mice, in the Journal of Breath Research, suggests.

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'Drug holidays' beat cancer defence

Introducing medication-free spells to some cancer treatments may keep patients alive for longer, studies in mice with skin cancer suggest.

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Fizzy drinks and fruit squashes 'linked to depression'

Fizzy drinks and fruit squashes are being linked to depression in a study involving more than 250,000 people.

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Get fit in 30 seconds: Short bursts are the secret?

Scientists at the University of Birmingham are among an international team of experts carrying out ground-breaking research into a new exercise regime...

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Epilepsy and migraine 'could have shared genetic link'

A strong family history of seizures could increase the chances of having severe migraines, says a study in Epilepsia journal.

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Totally blind mice get sight back

Totally blind mice have had their sight restored by injections of light-sensing cells into the eye, UK researchers report.

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UK's first hand transplant operation

A former pub landlord from West Yorkshire has become the first person in the UK to have a hand transplant.

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Five-a-day campaign: A partial success

One of the best known pieces of dietary advice is to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day ,but where did it originate? Michael Mosley investigates:

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Simple eye scan can reveal extent of Multiple Sclerosis

A simple eye test may offer a fast and easy way to monitor patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), medical experts say in the journal Neurology.

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Graphic anti-smoking ad launched

A series of hard-hitting government adverts featuring people smoking cigarettes with a tumour growing from the end is being launched in England.

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Magazine 'miracle' diets should be 'dropped'

A government minister has written to magazine editors asking them not to promote post-Christmas "miracle" diets because they pose a "health risk".

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Cannabis can make patients 'less bothered by pain'

Cannabis makes pain more bearable rather than actually reducing it, a study from the University of Oxford suggests.

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Trojan-horse therapy 'completely eliminates' cancer in mice

An experimental "Trojan-horse" cancer therapy has completely eliminated prostate cancer in experiments on mice, according to UK researchers.

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Antibiotics 'ineffective for coughs'

Antibiotics are ineffective in treating patients with persistent coughs caused by mild chest infections, the Lancet journal reports.

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Virus rebuilds heart's own pacemaker in animal tests

A new pacemaker has been built inside a heart by converting beating muscle into cells which can organise the organ's rhythm, US researchers report.

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Birmingham doctor says simple test could save eyesight

More doctors should be taught simple test that can prevent blindness, according to a Birmingham specialist.

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Light smoking 'doubles sudden heart death risk in women'

Women who are light smokers - including those who smoke just one cigarette a day - double their chance of sudden death, a large study suggests.

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Struggle for a treatment to protect women against HIV

"There's a dance between the virus and the immune system," says Dr Angela Obasi from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

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More people 'are surviving cancer'

Fewer people are dying from cancer in the UK despite an increase in the numbers being diagnosed, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

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The cheap, effective pain-relief drug denied to millions

It's cheap, effective and easy to administer - so why are millions of people around the world dying in pain, without access to morphine?

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Does deafness contribute to dementia?

Recent scientific research has suggested there could be a connection between hearing loss and the brain, contributing to greater cognitive decline as we age.

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Psoriasis drug 'slows dementia' mice study suggests

Drugs used to calm inflammation in psoriasis may also help to combat the effects of Alzheimer's disease, a study on mice suggests.

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Unhealthy lifestyles 'fuel liver disease rise'

High levels of drinking and obesity mean England is one of the few places in Europe seeing a major preventable disease getting worse, the chief medical officer says.

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'Muscular young men' may live for longer

How muscular you are as a teenager may predict how long you live, at least if you are a man.

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Have scientists found a cure for paralysis?

Scientists have reversed paralysis in dogs after injecting them with cells grown from the lining of their nose.

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Antibiotic resistance 'big threat to health'

Resistance to antibiotics is one of the greatest threats to modern health, experts say.

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Moderate drinking in pregnancy 'harms child's IQ'

Drinking one or two glasses of wine a week during pregnancy can have an impact on a child's IQ, a study says.

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'Catastrophic failings' in schizophrenia care

An independent inquiry says a major overhaul is needed in the system for caring for people with schizophrenia.

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DNA sequencing of MRSA used to stop outbreak

An outbreak of the hospital superbug MRSA has been brought to an end by UK doctors cracking the bacterium's genetic code.

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Hormones in menstrual cycle 'affect asthma'

A woman's menstrual cycle affects the severity of respiratory symptoms, potentially worsening conditions such as asthma, a study suggests.

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Winter vomiting bug sweeps Britain a month early

Thousands of people have fallen victim to the winter vomiting virus as it sweeps across Britain a month earlier than usual.

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Babies to be vaccinated against bug from next year.

Hundreds of thousands of babies are to be vaccinated against a virulent stomach bug that can be so severe one in ten sufferers needs to be admitted to hospital, the Department of Health has announced.

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