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'Why I drink 100 units of alcohol a week'

Image copyright Getty Images How much alcohol do you drink? People have been sharing their drinking habits after presenter Adrian Chiles revealed he sometimes drank more than 100 units a week – more than seven times the recommended limit. He said drinking never affects his life and he considers himself a social drinker, not an […]

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Gut bug enzyme turns blood into type-O

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists believe they have found a reliable way to transform donor blood into the universal type needed for safe, emergency blood transfusions. The discovery is enzymes from gut bacteria that can efficiently turn type-A human blood into type-O. Type-O blood is special because it can be donated to anyone without the […]

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Steam treatment for big prostates approved on NHS

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS can start offering a new steam treatment for benign prostate enlargement, says the regulator, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. The procedure is minimally invasive and can be done under local anaesthetic without an overnight hospital stay. It involves passing a small probe up the urethra to […]

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Autism: 12-year-old boy misses five years of school

Callum, 12, has not been to school or received any education for most of the past five years. He has autism, and his mother says she has been unable to find a suitable school place for him, despite trying both mainstream and special schools. An Education Authority spokeswoman said Northern Ireland has autism specific classes […]

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'I had a haemorrhage after being denied a Caesarean'

Women at almost 75% of UK maternity units are being denied their right to choose a Caesarean, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told. Lucie Tidman was denied a Caesarean during her second labour. She had a haemorrhage and her baby went into neo-natal intensive care. Watch the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme on weekdays […]

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Workers in open-plan offices 'more active'

Image copyright Getty Images Workers in open-plan offices are more active and less stressed than those with desks in cubicles or private offices, research suggests. This could be because they make the effort to find privacy to talk away from their desk, the researchers said. The US study used chest sensors to track movement and […]

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Asthma sufferers warned before returning to school

Image copyright Getty Images Children with asthma should be reminded to use their inhalers regularly before returning to school to help prevent a spike in September hospital admissions, says the Royal College of Nurses (RCN). Asthma-related hospital admissions have increased significantly in school-age children in September in recent years. The RCN says a lack of […]

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Holyrood committee calls for a ban on mesh implants

Image caption The mesh implants are used to ease incontinence and to support organs The use of mesh implants by the NHS in Scotland should be banned, a parliamentary report has concluded. A review into the controversial procedure last year set out new conditions on its use but the findings were criticised by campaigners. Holyrood’s […]