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Large Ebola outbreaks new normal, says WHO

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Family members place leaves on the grave of a deceased relative who died from Ebola in Butembo The world is entering “a new phase” where big outbreaks of deadly diseases like Ebola are a “new normal”, the World Health Organization has warned. Previous Ebola outbreaks affected relatively small numbers of […]

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Peanut allergy: Could treatment change Wrexham boy’s life

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLisa admits “it’s a risk” but says that for Bradleigh and their family, it could transform their lives “I’m really nervous about it. I’m not going to lie, I’m petrified.” Lisa Valentine’s son, Bradleigh, has a potentially fatal nut allergy, so the first time she watches him […]

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Woman infertile after surgeon removed wrong fallopian tube

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChelsie Thomas said the botched surgery has destroyed her life A woman who suffered an ectopic pregnancy is unable to have children naturally after a surgeon removed her healthy fallopian tube by mistake. Chelsie Thomas was admitted to Walsall Manor Hospital with the pregnancy in her right […]

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Fertility paradox in male beauty quest

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have uncovered an evolutionary paradox where men damage their ability to have children during efforts to make themselves look more attractive. Taking steroids to get a buff physique or anti-baldness pills to keep a full head of hair can damage fertility. It has been named the Mossman-Pacey paradox after the […]

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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 […]