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Schizophrenia patients calmed by video game

Image copyright King’s College London Image caption Patients in the study had to control the rocket and bring it down to earth People with schizophrenia can be trained by playing a video game to control the part of the brain linked to verbal hallucinations, researchers say. Patients in a small study were able to land […]

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Menstruation taboo

Image caption Megha Mohan’s grandmother Although still a sensitive subject in many Indian families, menstruation had never been taboo in mine – until an emotional reunion revealed a generational divide. “Does anyone have a tampon?” I asked as I left the bathroom. Several members of my family, who had been chatting animatedly over mugs of […]

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Why you should love your 'saggy boobs'

Chidera Eggerue, a 23-year-old award-winning blogger, is the driving force behind Saggy Boobs Matter, an online movement that challenges unrealistic expectations of what breasts should look like. She told BBC 5 live’s Stephen Nolan that as a teenager all she wanted was cosmetic surgery because her breasts “didn’t look like those of the model on […]

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Dystonia chronic pain 'completely changed my life'

Being diagnosed with an incurable neurological condition “completely changed my life,” said Ann Pierce-Jones. The 56-year-old from Caernarfon, Gwynedd used to love socialising and being outdoors, but now lives in chronic pain due to uncontrollable muscle spasms and tremors in her neck. She is one of about 5,000 people in Wales known to have the […]

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Dystonia patients' 'distress' over cancelled Botox clinics

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMr Findlay said there is “huge pressure” on services for dystonia patients A support group for an incurable neurological condition said a “perfect storm is brewing” over “mass cancellations” of appointments. Dystonia causes uncontrollable muscle spasms and is commonly treated with Botox injections which paralyse nerve connections. […]

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First human eggs grown in laboratory

Image copyright University of Edinburgh Image caption A lab-grown, human egg made by scientists at the University of Edinburgh Human eggs have been grown in the laboratory for the first time, say researchers at the University of Edinburgh. The team say the technique could lead to new ways of preserving the fertility of children having […]

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#PooWatch

Image copyright Getty Images A man suspected of hiding drugs inside his body is refusing to do a poo for Essex Police. His self-imposed toilet strike has now passed 20 days and officers are getting fed up with the lack of movement in the case. They say he’s under constant watch and undergoing daily medical […]

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East of England Ambulance delay discrepancies 'worrying'

Image copyright PA Image caption The EEAS said that they did not recognise the hospitals figures on ambulance handover delays Discrepancies in ambulance handover delay figures have been labelled as “worrying” by an MP. Norfolk and Norwich Hospital reported 36 ambulance handover delays of more than 30 minutes in the week ending Christmas Eve. But […]