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The family which doesn’t feel pain

The family which doesn’t feel pain

Image copyright Letizia Marsili Image caption Letizia Marsili and five other members of her family rarely feel pain Letizia Marsili, 52, first realised she was different when she was very young. She had a high threshold for pain, which meant she didn’t feel burns or notice broken bones. Five other family members are also affected […]

Parents giving children alcohol too young, researchers say

Parents giving children alcohol too young, researchers say

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some parents give their children alcohol from an early age Parents could be storing up problems for their children by introducing them to alcohol too young and ordering takeaways too often, researchers warn. Two universities found that one in six parents gives their children alcohol by the age of […]

Is size important when it comes to wine glasses?

Is size important when it comes to wine glasses?

Image copyright Getty Images If your wine was served in a smaller glass, would you drink less of it? That is the question being posed in a study, published in the BMJ, into the growing size of wine glasses. University of Cambridge researchers found glass size grew from an average 66ml in the 1700s to […]

Haemophilia A trial results ‘mind-blowing’

Haemophilia A trial results ‘mind-blowing’

Media captionFather-of-two Jake Omer was born with haemophilia A British doctors say they have achieved “mind-blowing” results in an attempt to rid people of haemophilia A. Patients are born with a genetic defect that means they do not produce a protein needed to stop bleeding. Thirteen patients given the gene therapy at Barts Health NHS […]

Cold weather and loneliness ‘lethal in winter’

Cold weather and loneliness ‘lethal in winter’

Image copyright shapecharge The combination of cold weather and loneliness could be lethal in the coming months, England’s most senior nurse is warning. Prof Jane Cummings, NHS England’s chief nursing officer, said cases of strokes and heart attacks tended to rise after a cold snap. She said that, and the growing problem of loneliness, were […]

Heat-not-burn tobacco ‘is a health risk’

Heat-not-burn tobacco ‘is a health risk’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The health risks are lower than smoking cigarettes “Heat-not-burn” tobacco products are harmful to health even though they are safer than regular cigarettes, say UK experts. The advisory panel to the government said the devices produce “a number of compounds of concern”, including some that can cause cancer. Manufacturers […]

Myles Bradbury: Victim ‘destroyed’ by Addenbrooke’s abuse doctor

Myles Bradbury: Victim ‘destroyed’ by Addenbrooke’s abuse doctor

Image copyright PA Image caption Myles Bradbury was sentenced to 22 years in prison for abusing child patients The mother of a child abused by a paedophile hospital doctor says her son has been “destroyed” by what happened. Myles Bradbury was jailed for 22 years in December 2014 after admitting abusing 18 victims at Addenbrooke’s […]

Lord Kerslake resigns in NHS funding protest

Lord Kerslake resigns in NHS funding protest

Image caption Lord Kerslake said “our problems lie in the way that the NHS is funded and organised” Lord Kerslake has resigned as the chairman of a major London hospital trust because of NHS funding problems. The former head of the civil service says the government is being unrealistic about the challenges facing the health […]

Lactalis baby milk in global recall over salmonella fears

Lactalis baby milk in global recall over salmonella fears

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The global recall affects consumers in several countries including Britain, China and Sudan. French baby milk formula maker Lactalis has ordered a global product recall over fears of salmonella contamination. Health authorities in France said 26 infants in the country have become sick since early December. The recall affects […]

Organ donation: Views sought on new approach

Organ donation: Views sought on new approach

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption About 40 to 50 people donate their organs upon their death every year in Northern Ireland People in Northern Ireland are being asked to have their say on a new approach to organ donation. The Department of Health has launched a consultation on a draft policy designed to get […]

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