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Overactive immune system ‘may trigger ME-like symptoms’

[ad_1] Image copyright dragana991 Image caption Researchers linked an overactive immune system with ME-like symptoms An overactive immune system may help explain the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome, scientists from King's College London have suggested.Many sufferers of CFS, or ME, say their condition began with a challenge to their immune system like an infection. The scientists studied 55 patients with Hepatitis C who were given a drug that causes a
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Do autistic people ‘get’ jokes?

[ad_1] Originally dubbed "little professors" by Viennese paediatrician Hans Asperger, autistic people have often been thought to be a rather serious bunch. So do autistic people even have a sense of humour? A new BBC podcast, 1800 Seconds on Autism, aims to dispel that no-humour myth, among other assumptions - with razor-sharp wit running through it. The first time you heard that random joke, "What's brown and sticky?" did you
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Overweight patient denied NHS operation by York CCG

[ad_1] Image copyright LDRS Image caption Roland Crooke was in "huge pain" when he was denied surgery A hip replacement patient took an £11,500 loan to pay for an operation after the NHS postponed treatment due to his weight.Roland Crooke was in "huge pain" when he was denied surgery by Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group [CCG].The group's guidelines mean anyone with a body mass index higher than 30 must
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Breast cancer screening error ‘overstated’

[ad_1] Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY An independent review of breast screening in England has found that confusion and misunderstanding were behind an announcement in May that hundreds of thousands of women had missed out on final scans.Jeremy Hunt, then health secretary, said that 450,000 women aged 68-71 were affected because of a computer error.But there was "no incident", the report said - just "unacceptable" confusion.Charities criticised the distress and
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The secret I’m hiding under my oversized fashion style

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFashion influencer Arooj Aftab features in the latest Newsbeat documentary Arooj Aftab, 22, is an influencer who is known for her baggy fashion style. But what her 7,500 Instagram followers don't know is there's a big reason she chooses to wear oversized clothes - which she has kept secret until now.Scroll through my Instagram and it's full of pictures of me
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Lack of evidence for teething gels, medicines regulator says

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There is little evidence teething gels containing an anaesthetic are effective at easing pain, the medicines regulator has said.The gels for children and babies are available in High Street shops.But from next year those containing lidocaine - the anaesthetic used in many gels - will be available only in pharmacies.Parents have been advised to massage the gums or use a teething ring before trying the
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Hospitals ‘overcrowded’ ahead of Christmas

[ad_1] Image copyright sturti Hospitals in England are overcrowded and eight accident and emergency units have had to turn away patients arriving in ambulances, the latest figures show.NHS England's first weekly report of the winter shows nearly 95% of beds are occupied. Anything above 85% is unsafe.Ambulance crews are meant to be able to handover patients to A&E staff within 15 minutes of arrival - but in one in nine
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Norovirus: Children banned from Northumbria hospital visits

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption The restrictions come into force at nine hospitals, including North Tyneside General Hospital, on Friday Children under 12 are being banned from visiting patients in nine hospitals as part of a raft of restrictions to fight rising rates of norovirus.Northumbria Healthcare said the restrictions should stop the illness reaching "critical numbers".In January, a number of wards were closed completely to visitors because of the
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Organ donors to be asked if they are religious

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images People who join the NHS's UK organ donation register are to be asked if they want their religious beliefs to be considered in the donation process.The question aims to reassure people that donation can take place in line with their faith or beliefs.It is hoped the measure can help to boost the low proportion of donors from black and Asian backgrounds.Research has found religious and
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Temporary clinical waste measures put in place

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption HES was contracted to process clinical waste in Scotland until April 2019 Temporary storage is being put in place at NHS sites across Scotland to cope with a potential backlog of clinical waste, it has emerged.National Services Scotland (NSS) said it had taken responsibility for waste from every hospital, GP surgery, dental practice and pharmacy.It comes after the contractor previously responsible for the work