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Why is there stigma around male baldness?

Image caption Actor James Nesbitt credited his hair transplant for boosting his acting career Scientists say a drug normally prescribed for osteoporosis could potentially lead to a new treatment for hair loss. But why is there stigma around male baldness? And why do men try to “cure” themselves of it anyway? Whether it’s actors Dwayne […]

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Long hospital waits can be 'devastating' – watchdog

Image copyright Spotmatik/Getty Images Long waiting times for treatment are having a “devastating” effect on some patients and their families, according to patient watchdogs. The Board of Community Health Councils (CHCs) in Wales listened to patient experiences. Issues range from mental health problems and family breakdown to long-term reliance on pain killers. The Welsh Government […]

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Cinema fizzy drinks contain 'concerning' bacteria levels

Image copyright Getty Images Drinks from three of the UK’s largest cinema chains have been found to contain unacceptably high levels of bacteria, a BBC investigation has found. Fizzy drinks from Cineworld, Odeon and Vue were tested in 30 cinemas, for BBC One’s Watchdog programme. Seven branches sold drinks with unacceptable bacteria levels. Environmental health […]

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Visa clampdown 'hits cancer patients'

Image copyright Getty Images Cancer patients are being put at risk by immigration rules, say specialist doctors. NHS hospital trusts are struggling to recruit genetic counsellors, who identify people at risk of hereditary cancer and other serious conditions. Some hospitals rely on foreign workers, who now find it difficult to get visas as immigration rules […]

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Migration officials' access to NHS records 'to be tightened'

Tighter curbs on the use of NHS records for checking people’s immigration status are expected to be announced by ministers. It comes after pressure from MPs concerned the policy breached patient confidentiality. There have also been warnings it discourages people needing urgent treatment from seeking medical attention. There was due to be a Commons vote […]

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HPV jab safe and effective, study finds

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The HPV vaccine routinely offered to teenage girls in the UK is safe and protects against a virus that can cause cancer of the cervix, an independent review has found. The analysis by the Cochrane Group provides solid evidence that should reassure parents considering having their daughters immunised, say experts. […]

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Potential new cure found for baldness

Image copyright Getty Images A potential new cure for baldness has been discovered using a drug originally intended to treat osteoporosis. Enhanced hair growth is a side-effect of a different drug, cyclosporine A, used to treat autoimmune diseases. And researchers found it also inhibited a protein, SFRP1, that blocks a molecular pathway, WNT, vital for […]

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Ditch cranberry juice for urine infections

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Drinking lots of cranberry juice is no way to fix a urine infection, say new draft guidelines from health body the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Although some studies have claimed it may help, NICE says there is not enough good evidence to recommend it. Instead, people should […]

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'Big hugs' note left for 'fantastic' ambulance service

Image copyright West Midlands Ambulance Service Image caption West Midlands Ambulance Service said “it’s always nice to get a thank you” A handwritten note with “big hugs” for the ambulance service was left on a vehicle for paramedics. Two ambulance workers found the note, which said they do “fantastic work”, in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. It comes […]