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Menstrual cups ‘as reliable as tampons’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Women can be assured that menstrual cups are as leakproof as tampons and pads, say researchers who have carried out the first, large scientific review of sanitary products.Menstrual cups collect rather than absorb period blood. They fit into the vagina but, unlike tampons, are reusable. Although they have been gaining in popularity, the review found awareness of menstrual cups among women was relatively low.The work,
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Tafida Raqeeb: Parents bid to get daughter treated in Italy

[ad_1] Image copyright Family Handout Image caption Tafida Raqeeb's mother said her daughter was "completely healthy" before her sudden brain injury The parents of a five-year-old girl in a coma have begun a legal challenge after doctors said it was in her best interests to be allowed to die.Royal London Hospital doctors have said there is no hope Tafida Raqeeb will recover from the traumatic brain injury she suffered in
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Conjoined twins: how doctors separated twins joined at the head

[ad_1] Safa and Marwa were born joined at the skull, they've never been able to see each other's faces.There are no official figures for how often this happens, but one estimate says craniopagus conjoined twins are born once in every 2.5 million births. Most do not live longer than a day.To separate them required multiple surgeries, months of hard work and the expertise of hundreds of hospital workers.The BBC was
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Scotland’s drug deaths set to top 1,000

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are estimated to be more than 60,000 problem drug users in Scotland New figures released later are expected to show that more than 1,000 people died as a result of drugs in Scotland last year.Scotland already has the worst record for reported drug deaths in Europe but the latest figures will show another steep rise.Last week, Scottish Public Health Minister Joe Fitzpatrick
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Essex doctor struck off for writing fake prescriptions

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Dr Khan said he had a "storm of turmoil going on inside of me" when he worked at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford A doctor was caught writing fake prescriptions when he ordered menopause medicine for a pregnant woman. Dr Mohammad Khan admitted accessing patient information and writing prescriptions under randomly selected names for the benefit of a family friend living in Pakistan. Dr Khan was
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Ebola in DR Congo: Case confirmed in Goma

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Ebola virus has spread to the city of Goma which has a population of more than a million people The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the eastern city of Goma, home to more than a million people. The health ministry confirmed that a pastor tested positive for the virus in a centre in Goma after arriving
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Babies ‘don’t need tongue-tie surgery to feed’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Babies with tongue-ties rarely need surgery to help them feed, a US study suggests.It found two-thirds of babies referred for the procedure did not need it and were able to feed with other support.Tongue-tie occurs when the strip of skin connecting the tongue and the floor of the mouth is shorter than usual. It can affect feeding, though not always.UK experts said the procedure could
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Good gut bacteria ‘helps starving children’

[ad_1] Image copyright International Centre for Disease Research A diet rich in bananas, chickpeas and peanuts improves gut bacteria in malnourished children, helping kick-start their growth, research suggests.These foods were found to be particularly good at boosting healthy microbes, in a US study of children in Bangladesh.The growth of bones, brains and bodies is then more likely.The World Health Organization said about 150 million children under five around the world