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Hundreds of GP out-of-hours shifts unfilled in Wales

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDr Sherard Le Maitre, clinical director of the Cardiff and Vale out-of-hours primary care service, said it relied on volunteersThe scale of the "crisis" facing GP out-of-hours services has been revealed by BBC Wales research.It shows Welsh health boards could not fill hundreds of shifts, equating to thousands of hours of GP-cover during the course of last winter.One woman with bipolar
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‘They deserve life to be happy’ – caring for a child with mental health issues

[ad_1] There are nearly seven million people in the UK who care for a loved one and it's estimated that up to 1.5 million of those care for someone with mental health problems. Shelagh cares for her daughter Ailidh who has had complex mental health issues since she was 12. Ailidh is now 21 and has been diagnosed with atypical anorexia, anxiety, depression and PTSD. Produced by Rob BrownIf you,
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The university hosting ‘menopause cafes’

[ad_1] A university has begun hosting "menopause cafes" every month - an informal, social meeting where women of all ages can discuss the menopause over a drink.Participants at the University of Leicester are handed "menus", where food and drink options are replaced by topics of discussion related to the menopause. [ad_2] Source link
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Drug makers Sanofi and Novartis stockpiling for Brexit

[ad_1] Image copyright François Terrier Two of the world's biggest drugs firms are stockpiling medicines in case of supply disruptions after Brexit.France's Sanofi is increasing its stocks by four weeks to give it a 14 week supply of medicines.Switzerland's Novartis said it was also preparing for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.Sanofi, which makes insulin, is worried about any transport delays following Brexit, as most of its supplies have to
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Dengue fever outbreak stopped by special mosquitoes

[ad_1] Image copyright Peter Illiciev/Fiocruz Image caption The specially bred mosquitoes carry the bacteria Wolbachia which reduces the transmission of viruses Australian researchers say for the first time an entire city has been protected from viral disease dengue.Captive-bred mosquitoes with a naturally occurring bacteria were released in the city of Townsville, where they mated with local mosquitoes.By spreading the bacteria Wolbachia, which hinders dengue transmission, the city has been dengue-free
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Facebook and Instagram introduce time limit tool

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook and Instagram say the new tools were developed based on collaboration with mental health experts and organisations Facebook and Instagram are releasing a new tool to limit how much time people spend on their apps.The announcement follows concerns that excessive social media use can have a negative impact on mental health.Users will now be able to check how much time they've spent
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Katy Perry visits sick fan who missed concert because of brain surgery

[ad_1] Image copyright Tiana Moores Katy Perry paid a visit to a sick fan in Australia after she had to miss the star's concert on Monday.Eight-year-old Grace Moores had brain surgery last week after being told she had a 6cm tumour.Her sister Tiana, 16, tweeted that Grace had been looking forward to the concert before she was diagnosed in April.Katy's team got in touch with Tiana and went round on
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Life on steroids: ‘It’s my personal choice’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBBC Radio 5 Live has been given exclusive access to a steroid clinic in Newport.BBC Radio 5 Live has been given exclusive access to a steroid clinic in Newport, south Wales. It's the first of its kind in the UK, where doctors and nurses carry out blood and heart-function tests on users, while also giving advice about the substances they use.Stewart
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How reiki helps me cope with recurrent miscarriage

[ad_1] Nadine was left devastated after suffering three miscarriages in her twenties. She turned to a complementary therapy - reiki - to help her find some peace.Nadine is awaiting NHS test results on her fertility.Click here for organisations which may be able to help you to cope with pregnancy issues and mental health issues.Produced and edited by Lola MosanyaFilmed by Tom Beal [ad_2] Source link
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The scuba dive that crushed my spine

[ad_1] Image copyright Rich Osborn It had been well-planned - a deep dive for four experienced scuba diving instructors. But halfway through the session, two compressed air tanks ran out, setting off a catastrophic chain of events.The sky was blue over Cyprus. It was a rare day off for friends Rich, Paul, Emily and Andy and they decided to take advantage of the crystal blue water and search for nudibranchs,
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Vagina rejuvenating therapies ‘pose serious risk’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Women are being warned against risky cosmetic "rejuvenating" procedures to reshape and tighten the vagina.Experts say the "therapies", offered by some private clinics in the UK and the US, pose a serious risk of burns, scarring and recurring pain.Typically during these procedures, a probe is inserted into the vagina to heat or laser the vaginal tissue. Although it is non-surgical and can be done in
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‘My abortion pill took effect on the Tube home’

[ad_1] Women are illegally taking abortion pills, which they have bought online, at home to avoid enduring abortions on public transport.In England, abortion pills must currently be administered in a clinic or hospital.For some, such as Zoe Weldon and Claudia Craig, this means the pill can take effect on their journey home.Watch the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme on weekdays between 09:00 and 11:00 on BBC Two and the BBC News
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Will the EHIC be valid after Brexit?

[ad_1] Image copyright Alamy If you are getting ready to go on holiday to another EU country or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you are likely to be packing your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) along with your passport. The EHIC entitles you to state-provided medical treatment should you need it while visiting one of those countries. The UK has issued 27 million EHIC cards . They cover pre-existing medical
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Women ‘illegally taking abortion pill at home’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'My abortion pill took effect on the Tube home'Women are illegally taking abortion pills, which they have bought online, at home to avoid enduring abortions on public transport.In England, abortion pills must be administered in a clinic or hospital. For some this means the pill can take effect on their journey home.Campaigners say women should be able to take the second
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Cheaper NHS drugs ‘as safe and effective’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images NHS patients switched to cheaper medicines are being told the cost-saving exercise is not compromising care. The "better value" treatments, for conditions including rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers, are just as safe and effective, NHS Improvement says. 1Hospitals that changed their prescribing saved the health service £324m last financial year. More swaps and savings are expected. Health charities welcomed the move.The NHS spent £17.4bn on
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Social media and reality TV is ‘bad for body image’, survey suggests

[ad_1] Image copyright Kristy Image caption Kristy said her boyfriend didn't want her to have surgery: "He adores me no matter what." More than half of 18 to 34-year-olds feel that reality TV and social media have a negative effect on how they see their bodies, a survey has found.The ComRes survey of 2,000 British adults for BBC 5 Live also suggested that younger people were more likely to consider
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Tameside care home ‘did not tell family mother was dying’

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption The ombudsman found "several areas of significant fault" surrounding the death of the woman A family did not get chance to say goodbye to their dying mother because staff at her care home did not call them in time, a report has found.Oakwood Care Centre in Stalybridge made "no serious effort" to inform relatives of her death, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman
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Melinda Messenger: ‘How do breasts have so much power?’

[ad_1] Melinda Messenger reflects on the breast enlargement she had aged 24, before she shot to fame as a glamour model and TV presenter.Breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgery procedure among UK women, according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. It says there were 8,238 procedures in 2017, a year-on-year rise of 7%, but a fall compared to five years ago.This clip is originally from 5
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Durex recalls condoms over split worries

[ad_1] Image copyright Durex Condom maker Durex has recalled some of its products sold in the UK and Ireland over fears they could split. Ten batches of its non-latex Real Feel and Latex Free condoms with expiry dates between December 2020 and February 2021 are not passing "stringent shelf-life tests".As a result, they could burst if used towards the end of their expiry dates.The company has apologised and offered refunds