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HPV vaccine cuts cancer-causing infection

Image copyright jarun011Image caption The HPV vaccine was introduced in 2008 There has been a significant fall in the number of cases of HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer, following the introduction of a vaccine for young women, a new study says. The Human Papilloma Virus vaccine fights high-risk infections which cause the majority […]

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Cannabis oil row: Epileptic boy has supply returned

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCharlotte Caldwell says “history has been made” after the Home Office allowed her son to use cannabis oil A severely epileptic boy has been given back medicinal cannabis oil that was confiscated from his mother at customs, the home secretary has said. Billy Caldwell, 12, received the […]

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Over 40s health check to include dementia advice

Image copyright Getty Images People over 40 in England will be given advice on dementia as part of their free NHS health check. Guidance on how to reduce the risk of dementia will be given to patients at GP surgeries and through community health programmes. Public Health England (PHE) said up to one-third of dementia […]

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Teenager’s cowpox diagnosis surprises doctors

Image copyright Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundations TrustImage caption Distinctive cowpox lesions appeared on the boy’s hands, arms and feet A 15-year-old boy has surprised doctors by contracting cowpox, a historical disease now so rare it has not been seen in Wales for more than a decade. The teenager, who lives on the Wrexham-Cheshire […]

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Babies most likely to be born at 4am, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Four o’clock in the morning is the time most babies are born spontaneously in England, with the majority arriving between 01:00 and 07:00, a study shows. While planned C-section births tended to happen on weekday mornings, births after induced labours were more likely to occur around midnight. Overall, more than 70% […]

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Hospital waiting list in England highest since 2007

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people waiting for a hospital operation in England is at its highest for more than a decade An estimated 4.2m people are waiting to be seen – the highest since 2007. April’s figures also showed growing numbers waiting more than 18 weeks, the treatment target time, including people […]

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‘Women spend more time planning holiday than pregnancy’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Ideally, women should plan a pregnancy months in advance, experts say Some women spend more time planning their summer holiday than they do a pregnancy, a survey by baby charity Tommy’s suggests. Only one in five started taking folic acid before stopping contraception, while one in six didn’t take it […]

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Unfit in middle age: Are you doomed?

Image copyright Getty Images Are you someone in middle age who keeps putting off that planned health kick for another day? If so, a couple of new studies may give you a sense of urgency. One paper found that elevated blood pressure in middle age increases the risk of dementia, while another says being frail […]