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Hot summer leading to ‘toxic’ algae

[ad_1] 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 spell. The algae has reportedly led to the death of two dogs after they
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Heatwave causes spike in insect bite calls to NHS

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The horsefly bite can lead to infection 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 the rate they normally are at this time of year.And senior doctors are reporting incidents of patients being treated in hospital for infected
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The Cardiff woman who is allergic to water

[ad_1] Cherelle Farrugia, a 25-year-old mum from Cardiff, breaks out in a painful rash every time she comes into contact with water. She was diagnosed with a rare condition called aquagenic urticaria earlier this year after giving birth to her daughter. Here she answers some of the most common questions she's asked about her condition. [ad_2] Source link
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The eye doctor who could not see the stars

[ad_1] 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. Then, aged 12, his mother took him to have his eyes tested and that
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Sophia Gibson granted cannabis licence

[ad_1] 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 genetic dysfunction of the brain and results in severe epileptic seizures.An application was made on
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Mencap wins ‘unaffordable’ overnight back pay appeal

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The charity Mencap has won an appeal against rulings that meant they and other care providers would have to fund back pay for overnight care workers. Providers of care for people with serious learning disabilities argued that they could not afford a bill of around £400 million.They said smaller employers could be forced out of business.But the union Unison said workers should be paid what
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Peter Baldwin: Type 1 diabetes test backed after boy’s death

[ad_1] Image copyright Diabetes UK Cymru Image caption The Baldwin family have campaigned for change in Peter's memory Routine screening for type 1 diabetes in children and young people should be introduced to put a stop to preventable deaths, a report says.Early identification is key to tackling the sometimes fatal condition, a Welsh assembly committee said.It follows a petition by a family calling on the Welsh Government to introduce the
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Mental health: Wait for therapy added to teen’s anxiety

[ad_1] Naomi Lea struggled with the pressure of social media and was anxious about exams. She felt isolated and scared and was suffering up to 10 panic attacks a day and self-harming when she was 15.After leaving a letter on her teacher's desk explaining her feelings, a school nurse referred her to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).But it took another six months for her to be seen by
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NHS still reliant on ‘archaic’ fax machines

[ad_1] 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 College of Surgeons using freedom of information laws, revealed nearly 9,000 fax machines were in
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‘Virtual reality cured my fear of heights’

[ad_1] Image copyright Fay Nugent Image caption Fay celebrating her achievement at a rooftop bar Fay Nugent developed a fear of heights in her 30s. "It began after I went on a girls' weekend away," she says."We had gone on an adventure activity called a tree-top walk. "I managed to climb up to do it - but then when it came to stepping out on to the high ropes, I