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‘Disturbing’ self-harm rates and violence at youth prisons

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Young offenders self-harming is a major concern, say prison reform charities The "disturbing extent" of self-harm and violence in the UK's young offender institutes illustrate "why prison is no place for a child", a charity has said.Parc Prison in Bridgend has the highest rate of self-harm among youth jails in Wales and England, new figures show.Wetherby had the largest number of self-harm incidents while
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Fat-clogged cells explain why obesity can cause cancer

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A new discovery could explain why obese people are more likely to develop cancer, scientists say.A type of cell the body uses to destroy cancerous tissue gets clogged by fat and stops working, the team, from Trinity College Dublin, found.Obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK after smoking, Cancer Research UK says. And more than one in 20 cancer cases -
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Drug firms fear ‘wasting’ money for a Brexit no-deal outcome

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Drugs companies in Wales have been distracted from creating new medicines as they are "wasting" time and money preparing for a no-deal Brexit, industry representatives have said.The UK government wants pharmaceutical firms to stockpile an extra six weeks' worth of medicine in case of a no-deal. Talks with the EU are currently deadlocked over the Irish border.Those companies in Wales said "robust plans" were in
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Cancer treatment patients get beauty workshops

[ad_1] Learning you have cancer is traumatic and daunting. Losing your eyebrows, eyelashes and hair because of chemotherapy is demoralising and overwhelming. A cancer charity is providing practical support for people struggling with the visible side effects of their treatment.The free Look Good Feel Better workshops, led by volunteer beauticians at Royal Berkshire Hospital, are helping women increase their self-confidence when they need it most. [ad_2] Source link
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Dementia risk: Five-minute scan ‘can predict cognitive decline’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A five-minute scan could be used to spot people at risk of dementia before symptoms appear, researchers claim.Scientists used ultrasound scanners to look at blood vessels in the necks of more than 3,000 people and monitored them over the next 15 years.They found those with the most intense pulses went on to experience greater cognitive decline over the next decade than the other study participants.Researchers
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‘I was in excruciating pain from excess iron’

[ad_1] Image copyright Katherine Hough Image caption Katherine Hough suffers from hair loss, IBS, and joint pain For years, Katherine Hough, 27, suffered from a series of mystifying symptoms. "I had unexplained stomach pains. Then when I got to university I began to faint frequently, my hair was falling out, I had severe joint pains and was constantly tired. My Mum thought it was down to my hectic student lifestyle."
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NHS outpatients service ‘stuck in the 18th Century’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are 127 millon outpatient appointments every year The way hospitals in the UK run outpatient clinic appointments is stuck "in the 18th Century", leading doctors say.Every year millions of people travel to hospitals, where doctors check up on their health and discuss their care.The Royal College of Physicians said many appointments were unnecessary - and outdated, inefficient systems meant large numbers were
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Conjoined twins: Australian surgeons try to separate Bhutanese girls

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Bhutanese twins Nima and Dawa are joined at the torso Surgeons in Australia have begun a complex operation to separate Bhutanese conjoined twins.The 15-month-old girls, Nima and Dawa Pelden, are joined at the torso and share a liver and possibly a bowel, doctors say.They were brought to Melbourne with their mother to have surgery in October, but it was postponed so the girls could