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Emerging sex disease MG 'could become next superbug'

Image copyright Getty Images A little known sexually transmitted infection could become the next superbug unless people become more vigilant, experts are warning. Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) often has no symptoms but can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can leave some women infertile. MG can be missed – and if it is not treated correctly, it […]

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Sophia Gibson: Cannabis oil wait girl admitted to hospital

Image copyright Gibson family Image caption Sophia Gibson from Newtownards, County Down has Dravet Syndrome A seven-year-old girl who is waiting to hear if she can be treated with medicinal cannabis oil has been admitted to intensive care. Sophia Gibson, from Newtownards, County Down, suffers from a genetic condition which can lead to frequent fits. […]

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Study links pollution to hospital visits

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Scottish government has committed to banning petrol and diesel cars Scientists have found a direct link between air pollution levels and hospital admissions in Tayside. A team at the University of Dundee studied the medical records of 450 patients with bronchiectasis against 15 years of pollution data for […]

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'Opening the grief of miscarriage'

Image copyright Tommy’s Image caption Anna has had five miscarriages Anna Whitehouse has had five miscarriages. But it was only after her third that she started writing about her experiences online to connect with others in the same position. “I posted something on my blog and just said, ‘I did choose a name too soon. […]

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Mental health: Children failed at vulnerable point

Image copyright Getty Images The care of young people with mental health problems is suffering when the time comes for them to move to adult services in England, an inquiry says. The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) said many young people experienced a difficult transition from child to adult care at exactly the time when […]

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Immediate stop to NHS mesh operations

Image caption The mesh implants are used to ease incontinence and to support organs NHS England is putting an immediate curb on mesh operations after safety concerns. It has accepted the advice of a new review looking at harm reported by women who received the treatment for stress urinary incontinence. The review’s chair, Baroness Julia […]

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Aptamil investigating baby milk formula complaints

Hundreds of parents in the UK have complained on social media that a revised formula milk is making their babies sick. Rosie Menzies from Lymington in Hampshire told the BBC: “It smells disgusting, it’s not mixed properly. It’s all just left like scum.” French food giant Danone is looking into reports that its Aptamil baby […]

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'Babies given solid food sooner sleep better'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Solid food at three months helped babies to sleep better Babies given solid food plus breast milk from three months sleep better than those who are solely breastfed, according to a new study. Official advice is to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of life. Experts say women […]

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'Sometimes we need help'

Image copyright Own Image caption Gavin struggled after losing his job For four years, Gavin, 31, struggled to go further than his own doorstep, because of his weight. He first texted BBC Radio 5 live’s Afternoon Edition programme in 2016 – and we’ve spoken to him twice since. This is the story – in his […]