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    Kent and Medway NHS hernia policy ‘may be rationing’ surgery

    Image caption Surgeons say the only curative treatment for groin hernia is surgery Groin hernia patients are having to “prove their pain” and show they have complications to get surgery, the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has said. In Kent and Medway, patients are having to show their hernia has grown larger or become “incarcerated” […] More

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    Hot summer leading to ‘toxic’ algae

    Image copyright Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Image caption A freshwater ecologist says blue-green algae had been a particular problem this summer Potentially toxic algae is blooming in rivers and lochs during Scotland’s long, hot summer, scientists have warned. Blue-green algae, which poses a health risk to humans and animals, has flourished during the warm […] More

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    Heatwave causes spike in insect bite calls to NHS

    Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe horsefly slices a small cut in your skin and soaks up the blood Although many of us are enjoying the balmy temperatures of this year’s heatwave, unfortunately for some, biting insects are flourishing too. Calls to the NHS helpline 111 about insect bites are almost double […] More

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    The eye doctor who could not see the stars

    Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow an app gave a boy his sight back For many years, Dr Andrew Bastawrous could not see clearly enough to spot the leaves on trees or the stars in the sky. Teachers kept telling him he was lazy and he kept missing the football during games. […] More

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    Sophia Gibson granted cannabis licence

    Image copyright Gibson family Image caption Sophia Gibson from Newtownards, County Down has Dravet Syndrome A seven-year-old girl who suffers with a rare genetic condition has been granted a license for medicinal cannabis. Sophia Gibson, from Newtownards, County Down suffers with Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. The condition is caused by a rare […] More

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    NHS still reliant on ‘archaic’ fax machines

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Doctors are using old-fashioned fax machines to communicate Hospitals are still reliant on “archaic” fax machines with thousands still in use, a survey shows. Senior doctors said the continued use of the outdated technology was “ludicrous”, and modern forms of communication were urgently needed. The poll, by the Royal […] More

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    Emerging sex disease MG ‘could become next superbug’

    Image copyright Getty Images A little known sexually transmitted infection could become the next superbug unless people become more vigilant, experts are warning. Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) often has no symptoms but can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can leave some women infertile. MG can be missed – and if it is not treated correctly, it […] More

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    Study links pollution to hospital visits

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Scottish government has committed to banning petrol and diesel cars Scientists have found a direct link between air pollution levels and hospital admissions in Tayside. A team at the University of Dundee studied the medical records of 450 patients with bronchiectasis against 15 years of pollution data for […] More

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    ‘Babies given solid food sooner sleep better’

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Solid food at three months helped babies to sleep better Babies given solid food plus breast milk from three months sleep better than those who are solely breastfed, according to a new study. Official advice is to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of life. Experts say women […] More

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    ‘It’s not as easy as walking out the door’

    Image copyright Own Image caption Gavin struggled after losing his job For four years, Gavin, 31, struggled to go further than his own doorstep, because of his weight. He first texted BBC Radio 5 live’s Afternoon Edition programme in 2016 – and we’ve spoken to him twice since. This is the story – in his […] More

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    Amesbury Novichok poisoning: What we know so far

    Image copyright Facebook Image caption The couple, Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley, spent Friday in Salisbury A man and woman are critically ill in hospital in Wiltshire after being exposed to the nerve agent Novichok. The pair, Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, fell ill at a house in Amesbury, about eight miles from Salisbury, on […] More

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    HIV vaccine shows promise in human trial

    Image copyright Getty Images An HIV vaccine that has the potential to protect people around the world from the virus has shown promising results. The treatment, which aims to provide immunity against various strains of the virus, produced an anti-HIV immune system response in tests on 393 people, a study in the Lancet found. It […] More

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