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NHS ‘should not prescribe acne drug’

Image caption Ed Henthorn says the drug has “turned my life upside down” The parents of young people who have killed themselves and patients unable to have sex are calling for the NHS to stop prescribing acne drug Roaccutane. Ed Henthorn said it had caused him erectile dysfunction, psychosis and suicidal thoughts. And one man […]

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Bowel cancer rates rising ‘among young adults’

Image copyright Getty Images More young people under 50 are being diagnosed with bowel cancer, two studies of the disease in European and high-income countries have found. Although total numbers of cases in young people remain low, the studies highlighted a sharp rise in rates in 20 to 29-year-olds. Researchers are not clear why this […]

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Measles: Experts call for compulsory vaccination

Image copyright Jovanmandic Compulsory measles vaccinations for all children starting primary school may be needed to prevent a resurgence of the disease, experts say. Italian researchers believe the current voluntary programmes in countries like the UK will not be enough to curb outbreaks in the coming decades. They said vaccination rates had fallen because of […]

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Ultra-processed foods ‘make you eat more’

Image copyright Getty Images Ultra-processed foods lead people to eat more and put on weight, the first trial to assess their impact suggests. Volunteers had every morsel of food they ate monitored for a month. And when given ultra-processed food, they ate 500 calories a day more than when they were given unprocessed meals. The […]

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Body image concerns ‘making people suicidal’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Concerns about body image are making large numbers of people depressed and even suicidal, a survey suggests. The poll of 4,500 UK adults found a third had felt anxious about their bodies, with one in eight experiencing suicidal thoughts. The Mental Health Foundation, which commissioned the survey, said the issue […]

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The vegetarian ‘meat’ aimed at replacing the real thing

Image copyright Getty Images Meat-free foods that “bleed” like the real thing are becoming increasingly common. Could these vegetarian alternatives replace “traditional” burgers and sausages? Concerns about the environmental and health impact of our diets has seen interest in vegetarian and vegan foods grow. This has boosted everything from flexitarianism to vegan sausage rolls and […]

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Hormone ‘can reduce some women’s chances of miscarriage’

Image copyright Samantha AllenImage caption Samantha’s son Noah was born after she took part in a large trial Giving the hormone progesterone to women who have had a miscarriage and experience early bleeding in pregnancy could improve their chances of having baby, a study suggests. Birmingham researchers carried out a trial on 4,000 pregnant women. […]

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We both now have hope – MS sisters

Image copyright MS SocietyImage caption Zoe Bowman (left) and Vikki Langford Sisters Zoe Bowman and Vikki Langford were both diagnosed with multiple sclerosis within weeks of each other. But while Vikki has been able to get treatment for her form of the condition, Zoe has not. That is because Zoe has the primary progressive form […]

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Frozen eggs ‘are fastest fertility trend’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBehind the scenes at a fertility clinic More women in the UK are choosing to freeze their eggs than ever before, with treatment rates rising by 11% from 2016 to 2017, a report suggests. The fertility regulator’s figures show there were 1,463 egg freezing cycles in 2017 […]