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Asthma: Young people in the UK ‘more likely to die’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Young people in the UK are more likely to die from asthma than those in other wealthy countries, a report has found.Death rates for asthma in 10 to 24-year-olds was highest in the UK among all 14 European nations included in an analysis of 19 high-income countries.The UK also had the highest obesity rates for 15 to 19-year-olds among the European nations.The government said it
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Shark DNA could help cure cancer and age-related illnesses in humans

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Great white sharks may hold the secrets to curing cancer and other age-related diseases, experts believe.The first map of great whites sharks' DNA has revealed "mutations" that protect the animals against cancer and other illnesses.Scientists hope more research could help apply the findings to treating age-related illnesses in humans.Great whites also have the ability to repair their own DNA - something we can't do.The research
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Meet the women helping fill Russia’s rural healthcare gap

[ad_1] In vast, sprawling Russia, many people still live in small villages far from the nearest medical clinic. The government has been busy "optimising" medical care, a euphemism for the closure of thousands of rural hospitals and clinics, to save cash. The situation has got worse in recent years, so now one region has taken matters into its own hands.Dozens of old people, mostly women, have been training as first-aiders
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What is it like to suffer a stroke at 25?

[ad_1] Dancer Emily Cane had everything she wanted from life.Then a heart defect caused a stroke when she was just 25. It meant she had to use a wheelchair for a year.Two years later she still has communication difficulties, but she hopes one day to dance again.There's more on Inside Out South East on BBC One on 20 February at 19:30 GMT. [ad_2] Source link
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Anorexia recovery: ‘I know the darkest of the darkest’

[ad_1] Lara Rebecca, 18, says she knows the "darkest of the darkest" after recovering from the eating disorder anorexia. Lara, from Cardiff, was dangerously thin at the age of 16, but has since returned to a healthy weight with the help of exercise and video blogging.One of her recovery videos has amassed seven million views in three weeks. If you need support with eating disorders, help and advice is available
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Parents of sick babies need more leave, charity says

[ad_1] Image copyright Submitted picture Image caption After Gabriel was born 15 weeks premature, his mum had to leave her job Two thirds of fathers of premature and sick babies are being forced to return to work while their child is in intensive care, a charity has said.Of 737 parents surveyed by the neonatal charity Bliss and BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates, 77% said they were not given enough time
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Medicinal cannabis: Why has it taken so long to get to patients?

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Medicinal cannabis was legalised last year but so far, virtually no-one in the UK has been able to access it.Now, enough cannabis to treat 30 patients for a month has arrived in the UK from the Netherlands. Four patients with prescriptions, all to treat chronic pain, will receive cannabis-derived medicines immediately. Specialist doctors have been able to prescribe cannabis since 1 November - so what has
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Most hip and knee replacements ‘last longer than thought’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Eight out of 10 knee replacements and six out of 10 hip replacements last as long as 25 years, says a large study from the University of Bristol.This is much longer than believed, the researchers said, and the findings will help patients and surgeons decide when to carry out surgery.To date, there has been little data on the success of new hips and knees.But this
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Super gonorrhoea: Why the STI could become untreatable

[ad_1] What happens if you can't treat the second-most common STI, gonorrhoea? This sexually transmitted infection affects millions of people around the world every year. But those working on the front line are worried they are running out of drugs to treat it. Newsnight's Kay Devlin explores the challenges involved in stopping the spread of super gonorrhoea and finds out about some of the surprising ways you can get it.
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A&E waits at worst level for 15 years

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A&E waits in England have reached their worst level since the four-hour target was introduced in 2004.The deterioration in performance came after hospitals appeared to be coping well in the early part of winter.During January, just 84.4% of patients were treated or admitted in four hours - well below the 95% threshold.It means nearly 330,000 patients waited longer than they should with hospitals reporting significant