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Fat-clogged cells explain why obesity can cause cancer

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A new discovery could explain why obese people are more likely to develop cancer, scientists say.A type of cell the body uses to destroy cancerous tissue gets clogged by fat and stops working, the team, from Trinity College Dublin, found.Obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK after smoking, Cancer Research UK says. And more than one in 20 cancer cases -
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Drug firms fear ‘wasting’ money for a Brexit no-deal outcome

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Drugs companies in Wales have been distracted from creating new medicines as they are "wasting" time and money preparing for a no-deal Brexit, industry representatives have said.The UK government wants pharmaceutical firms to stockpile an extra six weeks' worth of medicine in case of a no-deal. Talks with the EU are currently deadlocked over the Irish border.Those companies in Wales said "robust plans" were in
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Cancer treatment patients get beauty workshops

[ad_1] Learning you have cancer is traumatic and daunting. Losing your eyebrows, eyelashes and hair because of chemotherapy is demoralising and overwhelming. A cancer charity is providing practical support for people struggling with the visible side effects of their treatment.The free Look Good Feel Better workshops, led by volunteer beauticians at Royal Berkshire Hospital, are helping women increase their self-confidence when they need it most. [ad_2] Source link
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‘I was in excruciating pain from excess iron’

[ad_1] Image copyright Katherine Hough Image caption Katherine Hough suffers from hair loss, IBS, and joint pain For years, Katherine Hough, 27, suffered from a series of mystifying symptoms. "I had unexplained stomach pains. Then when I got to university I began to faint frequently, my hair was falling out, I had severe joint pains and was constantly tired. My Mum thought it was down to my hectic student lifestyle."
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Spinal injury garden legacy of boy killed by bear

[ad_1] The mother of a boy killed while on holiday, by a polar bear, created a garden inspired by his idea. Dr Olivia Chapple's son, 17-year-old Horatio, died on a school trip to Norway. He had the idea of a garden for spinal treatment centres while volunteering at one in Salisbury. More stories from the Today programme here. [ad_2] Source link
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‘Remarkable’ decline in fertility rates

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There has been a remarkable, global decline in the number of children women are having, say researchers. Their report found fertility rate falls meant nearly half of countries were now facing a "baby bust" - meaning there are insufficient children to maintain their population size.The researchers said the findings were a "huge surprise".And there would be profound consequences for societies with "more grandparents than grandchildren".How
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Newcastle robot surgery inquest: ‘Risk of further deaths’

[ad_1] Image caption Stephen Pettitt died after an operation to repair a valve in his heart There "remains a risk of further deaths" from robotic heart surgery, a coroner has warned during an inquest into a man's death.Stephen Pettitt, 69, died after an operation led by Sukumaran Nair at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, in 2015.He was the first patient in the UK to undergo the pioneering treatment.Recording a narrative verdict,
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Diabetes prescriptions now cost NHS £1bn, figures show

[ad_1] Image copyright Maya23K Image caption The NHS is spending £1 billion annually on diabetes medicine Diabetes prescriptions are costing the NHS in England more than £1 billion a year, according to new figures from NHS Digital. The total cost of the prescriptions has risen significantly - by more than £422 million - in the last 10 years. Almost one in 20 prescriptions written by GPs are now for diabetes
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Type-1 diabetics ‘missing out on life-changing glucose monitors’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Freestyle Libre monitor is used by Prime Minister Theresa May and was made available on the NHS last November Tens of thousands of type-1 diabetics in England are being denied access to a "life-changing" blood sugar monitor due to a postcode lottery, data suggests.The Freestyle Libre, used by Prime Minister Theresa May, was made available on the NHS last November.But an investigation
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Smoking, diabetes increase heart attack risk more in women

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Creative Women who smoke, have diabetes or high blood pressure increase their risk of a heart attack more than men faced with the same risks, a large study of UK adults has found. The researchers, writing in the BMJ, said women should receive the same treatments as men and be offered support to stop smoking.Doctors should also be better at spotting female patients at risk.Men are
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What is it like to prevent a suicide?

[ad_1] Image copyright Gillian Assor Image caption Gillian says she now has an "unusual" and "unbelievable" bond with Tommy "I'm not a hero," says Gillian Assor, six months after preventing a suicide on a railway bridge near London. "I just happened to be walking past."According to figures from the British Transport Police, 2018 has seen a 20% rise in members of the public intervening to stop people killing themselves on
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Architects: ‘Beautiful’ that Tom is still in our music after death

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Architects drummer Dan Searle playing with his twin brother Tom at Download Festival in 2013 He's not only in your band - who've spent more than a decade touring the world with the likes of Bring Me The Horizon - but he's also your drummer's twin brother. So what do you do when he dies?It's a question Brighton band Architects have had to
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‘I call my OCD Olivia’

[ad_1] Catherine Benfield wasn't diagnosed with OCD until she was was 31, after she had her first child, though it would appear she's had it all her life. She recovered with the help of therapy - and by creating a character who personifies her obsessive-compulsive behaviour."She's got the big ears, because she's like a startled hare, she's listening out."She's bedraggled, because she's been through a lot and she's normally having
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GPs to prescribe medical cannabis in Jersey

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Deputy Montfort Tadier said GPs were already allowed to prescribe "much stronger, dangerous and addictive medicines" Patients in Jersey will be able to get medical cannabis from all doctors after politicians voted to change the law.Deputy Montfort Tadier, who proposed the move, said GPs should be allowed to prescribe pre-approved products to patients. In the UK only specialist doctors are allowed to issue
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Abortion pills prosecution could have ‘chilling effect’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Women in Northern Ireland only have access to abortions when a woman's life is at risk, or there is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health The decision to prosecute a woman accused of buying abortion pills for her 15-year-old daughter could have a "chilling effect" on woman and girls in a similar situation, a court has heard.A lawyer
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WWE’s Alexa Bliss: Bodybuilding helped me face anorexia

[ad_1] WWE star Alexa Bliss (Lexi Kaufman) has told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Nihal Arthanayake how bodybuilding helped her overcome an eating disorder.She said “The only reason I got better was because of bodybuilding." Click here to listen to the latest episode of the Headliners podcast featuring Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks, and Elias and Bobby Lashley.Details of organisations that can offer support can be found here. [ad_2] Source link
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Stroke survivor: ‘Walking up stairs will be a dream come true’

[ad_1] Image caption Emmy Macnicol suffered a massive stroke following surgery for a rare neurological condition A 27-year-old woman has told of her determination to recover from a rare type of stroke that is believed to affect only 300 people in the world.Emmy Macnicol, from Strathpeffer, in the Highlands, had a medullary infarction following brain surgery on the eve of her 25th birthday.Two years on, she is learning to walk
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Major home care provider ‘at risk’

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library Vital home care services for the elderly could be disrupted in many parts of England, regulators say.The Care Quality Commission has issued a notice saying it has serious doubts about the future of Allied Healthcare.The CQC said it was concerned about its prospects from the end of this month, but the firm said the move was "premature and unwarranted".The company provides services, such as
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Scotland to get AI health research centre

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Scotland is to get its own £15.8m artificial intelligence (AI) health research centre.The Glasgow-based centre will look at how AI could improve patient diagnosis and treatment.It will bring together experts to explore using AI in the treatment of strokes and some cancers.It is hoped that using technology to process large amounts of data will allow the health service to operate more quickly and efficiently.The centre