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Why a faecal transplant could save your life

The faecal transplant, also known as trans-poo-sion, surely has the title of medicine’s most disgusting procedure. It is pretty much what you are imagining – part of a faecal stool is taken from one person and given to another. The purpose is to introduce new beneficial microbes to the receiving patient’s digestive system. And it […]

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Allied Healthcare: Home care provider seeks rescue plan

Image copyright Getty Images One of the biggest providers of UK home care is in financial difficulty. Allied Healthcare, which cares for 13,500 elderly and vulnerable patients across the UK, is set to file for protection from its creditors due to a “highly challenging environment”. The company said it would continue to provide care and […]

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Is marathon running bad for you?

Image copyright PA On Sunday some 40,000 runners are due to take part in the London Marathon. But can marathon running do more harm than good? Barry Trott, 57, was nearing the end of his first marathon in Bilbao, Spain, in 2014, when his dehydration turned into sudden sickness. With only a few miles left […]

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Medic suspended over Tipton mother’s sepsis death

Image copyright Family photoImage caption Natalie Billingham’s family said they want to know why her condition wasn’t diagnosed sooner. A medic has been suspended after a mother-of-six died from a rare form of sepsis. Natalie Billingham, 33, from Tipton died 72 hours after going to A&E at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley with flu-like symptoms […]

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London Marathon: How to run in the heat

Image copyright Getty Images This year’s London Marathon is likely to be the hottest yet, so how do you run a marathon in the heat? On Sunday some 40,000 people are expected to take part in the race in temperatures that are forecast to reach up to 23C (73F), which would break the previous record […]

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‘World’s worst’ super-gonorrhoea man cured

Image copyright Getty Images A man in the UK who caught the world’s “worst-ever” case of super-gonorrhoea has been cured. Sexual health doctors say he was “very lucky” and the case was a “major wake-up call for everybody”. He picked up the superbug having sex with a woman in South East Asia, despite having a […]

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Bedford Hospital nurse struck off for ‘squeezing’ patient’s breasts

Image caption Gbadebo Olasunkanmi Alabi started working at Bedford Hospital in 2004 A nurse who “squeezed” a patient’s breasts has been struck off for “completely unacceptable” behaviour. Gbadebo Olasunkanmi Alabi, who worked in A&E at Bedford Hospital, was found to have made “sexually-motivated” advances in October 2012. A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) fitness to […]