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    Parents of premature babies face a further trauma – PTSD

    Image copyright Science Photo Library Suzanne Ruart’s son Aiden spent three months in a neonatal unit as a result of being born three months early. A year after her son came home Suzanne realised she’d been suppressing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “After the first time I saw him resuscitated I developed a crippling […] More

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    Opioids: Why ‘dangerous’ drugs are still being used to treat pain

    Image copyright Getty Images The widespread use of opioids to treat pain frequently prompts concerns about addiction and even deaths. So, why are these sometimes dangerous drugs still being given to patients? Much stronger than many of the other options, opioids are among the world’s most commonly prescribed painkillers. These drugs – including morphine, tramadol […] More

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    Low NHS morale is ‘heartbreaking’ says Matt Hancock

    Image copyright Getty Images Seeing how NHS staff feel “undervalued” is “heartbreaking”, the new Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said. In his first speech since taking the job, Mr Hancock said he was horrified at the level of bullying reported by staff. The British Medical Association welcomed the sentiment but said it needed to be […] More

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    IVF: NHS couples ‘face social rationing’

    Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSarah Dean was told she was not eligible for IVF on the NHS as her husband has children from a previous relationship The parents of the world’s first IVF baby – born 40 years ago next week – would not have got the procedure on the NHS […] More

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    Morrisons ‘quiet hour’ for autistic shopping introduced

    Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBBC Breakfast’s Tim Muffett goes shopping with Joanne Tang and her son Oscar, who has autism Supermarket chain Morrisons has introduced a weekly “quieter hour” for autistic shoppers who struggle with music and noise. Its 439 UK stores will dim lights, turn music off, avoid using the […] More

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    Thai cave rescue boys relive ‘moment of miracle’

    Image copyright EPA Image caption The boys’ appearance before the media is meant to be a one-off One of the 12 boys rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand this month has described the “moment of miracle” when divers found them. Adul Sam-on, 14, the only member of the junior football team who speaks […] More

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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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