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Prostate cancer: New urine test hope

Image copyright Getty Images An experimental new urine test can reveal if men with early prostate cancer will probably need aggressive therapy or can be left untreated but monitored, UK researchers say. Current PSA blood tests cannot do this, meaning many men experience unnecessary worry, investigations and treatment. The prostate urine risk (PUR) test looks […]

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Essex Strep A outbreak: Twelve people dead

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Most people affected are “elderly and had been receiving care for chronic wounds” Twelve people have died in a “very serious” outbreak of a rare contagious bacterial strain, it has emerged. Thirty-two people across Essex have been infected with the invasive Group A streptococcal (iGAS) infection. Public Health England (PHE) […]

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‘Why we’re using a male contraceptive gel’

Image copyright James Owers and Diana BardsleyImage caption James Owers and Diana Bardsley are testing a male hormonal contraceptive A couple from Edinburgh are among the first people in the world to use a male hormonal contraceptive. James Owers, 29, and Diana Bardsley, 27, are part of a University of Edinburgh study involving 450 couples […]

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Pret allergy death: Parents ‘delighted’ by ‘Natasha’s law’ plan

Image copyright The Ednan-Laperouse Family A law protecting allergy sufferers will be introduced following the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse. The teenager died after an allergic reaction to a Pret A Manger baguette. Under ‘Natasha’s law’, food businesses will have to include full ingredients labelling on pre-packaged food. Natasha’s parents said “helping save other allergy sufferers […]

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Do you know the hygiene hot spots in your home?

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption When preparing raw food, surfaces have to be cleaned thoroughly afterwards People should be focusing on how to prevent harmful microbes from spreading in their homes rather than cleaning the bits that look “dirty”, a Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) report says. Washing hands, cloths and surfaces at the […]

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Child obesity drive ‘stalled by Brexit’

Image copyright Getty Images The drive to tackle child obesity has stalled with a raft of measures stuck in Brexit backlog, it is being claimed. A ban on energy drink sales to under-16s, clearer calorie labelling and a crackdown on junk food advertising were all promised by ministers when they launched the revamped obesity strategy. […]

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Hundreds more cases in Shropshire baby deaths review

Image caption New cases are understood to include still births and deaths of babies in the final stages of labour The number of cases uncovered by a maternity review at hospitals in Shropshire has more than doubled. In 2017, then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced an investigation into avoidable baby deaths at SaTH, which runs […]

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Our son took his own life after gambling addiction

Jack Richie started gambling at school and took his own life at 24. His parents Liz and Charlie say the addiction is ‘not unlike a heroin addiction’. They have founded the charity Gambling with Lives and say the seriousness of Jack’s situation was not recognised. Liz Ritchie welcomed the news of a clinic for young […]