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‘Asthma is a killer – it took away my miracle daughter’

Image copyright Mr and Mrs Dennis Image caption Olivia Dennis was 10 when she died from an asthma attack Lisa Dennis is looking at photos of her daughter Olivia – a blonde girl with a radiant smile. These are special moments, frozen in time. Olivia died four years ago, aged ...

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Danger map reveals health threat zone

Image copyright EcoHealthAlliance South America is a hotbed of potential viruses that could be the next major threat to the world’s health, according to “danger maps”. The EcoHealth Alliance in New York looked at mammals, the viruses they harbour and how they come into contact with people. It revealed bats ...

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Ebola virus burial teams ‘saved thousands of lives’

Image copyright Mark Georgiou Image caption The bodies of Ebola victims were particularly toxic They were ordinary people doing an extraordinary job in extremely dangerous times. Now new research suggests Red Cross volunteers who helped bury most of the bodies of Ebola victims in West Africa could have prevented more ...

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‘Remarkable’ drop in new HIV cases among men

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The numbers were based on 200 sexual health clinics in England For the first time, new diagnoses of HIV have fallen among men who have sex with men in England, according to data from Public Health England. They have decreased from 2,060 in 2014-15 ...

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Measuring muscle gap ‘helps players back on their feet’

Image copyright Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Image caption Footballers often sustain muscle injuries and can be out for months A new way of measuring the severity of muscle injuries could help footballers return to action more quickly, research suggests. Spanish scientists said passing a current through the affected muscles gave a ...

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Social media pressure is linked to cosmetic procedure boom

Image copyright Science Photo Library Young people are turning to cosmetic procedures such as botox and dermal fillers as a result of social media pressure, according to a report. A study by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics says government must protect people from an unregulated industry. The report also condemns ...

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First NHS proton beam machine arrives at Christie hospital

Image caption Some NHS patients have been sent to the Paul Scherrer Institute in Northern Switzerland for proton beam therapy The machine that will enable the NHS’s first proton beam therapy (PBT) unit to treat cancer patients will arrive later. Manchester’s Christie hospital will be the first NHS unit to ...

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Peace at last

Fifteen years ago there was no such thing as palliative care – care for the dying – in Mongolia. Now there is, thanks to the efforts of one woman, who persuaded the country’s medical establishment that it was possible and worthwhile to prevent people dying in agony. Odontuya Davaasuren was ...

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Ninth avoidable baby death at NHS trust

Image caption Maddison’s parents say labour ward was extremely busy A ninth avoidable baby death has been uncovered by BBC News at a troubled NHS trust. Maddison Dawn Wilkins Jackson died in 2013 after staff at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital could not find her mother a bed on the labour ...

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Century-old Parkinson’s question answered

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have found the first direct evidence that the immune system does attack the brain in Parkinson’s disease. The role of “autoimmunity” was first suggested nearly a century ago, but had not been confirmed. The discovery, in the journal Nature, suggests that drugs to ...

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Queen’s Speech: Ground laid for scrapping ‘dementia tax’

Image copyright Keith Brofsky The Queen’s Speech has paved the way for the ditching of the controversial “dementia tax” in England, set out in the Conservative election manifesto. The value of an individual’s home was to be taken into account for all types of elderly care under the plans. But ...

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Cardiologist: Breast implants skew heart attack test

Image copyright fstop123/Getty Breast implants make it trickier to run tests that can help spot a possible heart attack, a cardiologist has said. Dr Sok-Sithikun Bun, from Monaco, did a small trial, with 48 women, and found electrocardiogram (ECG) tests, which measure the electrical activity of the heart, were often ...

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