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‘Scarlett’s story had to be told’ says mum who sued Trust

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionScarlett's mother said she had to make her story known The mother of a two-year-girl who died within months of undergoing liver surgery at a Belfast hospital has said she had to make her story known.Scarlett O'Neill had undergone a liver biopsy at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in May 2011.She died in October that year after infections were discovered
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Drug gets body cells to ‘eat and destroy’ cancer

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have designed a special type of drug that helps the body eat and destroy cancerous cells.The treatment boosts the action of white blood cells, called macrophages, that the immune system uses to gobble up unwanted invaders.Tests in mice showed the therapy worked for aggressive breast and skin tumours, Nature Biomedical Engineering journal reports. The US team behind the study hope to begin human trials
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Blood scandal inquiry ‘will find any cover-up’

[ad_1] Image copyright PA A UK-wide inquiry into a contaminated blood scandal that left at least 2,400 people dead will look at whether there was a cover-up by the authorities and if documents were destroyed.Treatments including blood transfusions infected thousands of patients with HIV and hepatitis C in the 1970s and 1980s.It has been called the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS.The terms of reference have now
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Should Love Island surgery ads be banned?

[ad_1] Image copyright ITV Image caption The cast of Love Island 2018 includes models, beauty consultants and a doctor The tanned, toned and scantily clad bodies of the contestants on Love Island are synonymous with the show.It is hard to imagine another TV programme with so much swimwear (that doesn't involve racing) or with a dedicated section for watching people forced to get dressed up every night - sorry all,
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Teenager left brain damaged after tonsil operation awarded millions

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has apologised over the case A boy left brain damaged after being deprived of oxygen following an operation to remove his tonsils has been awarded millions of pounds.The boy was almost two years old when he went to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham for the operation.Now in his teens, he suffers from behavioural, cognitive and some motor disabilities
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The dangers of smoke inhalation

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Firefighters tackle the wildfire on Saddleworth Moor Moorland fires continue to burn on both Lancashire's Winter Hill and Saddleworth Moor in Greater Manchester, blanketing the region in smoke and ash.So what can local people do to protect themselves and their families from smoke inhalation?Smoke can irritate air passages, the skin and the eyes, leading to coughing and wheezing, breathlessness and chest pain.It can also
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Mental health: ‘If I wasn’t sectioned I’d be dead’

[ad_1] About 9,000 people in Wales were admitted to mental health facilities in the last year. Just under 2,000 of those were formally admitted or 'sectioned'. Non McCarthy from Cwmbran, Torfaen has been sectioned twice in the past 15 years. Here the 40-year-old tells her story.Non McCarthy's first contact with mental health services came as a teenager when she had an eating disorder.Her anxiety saw her turn to alcohol, before
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Transgender children: Buying time by delaying puberty

[ad_1] Image caption 'Jessica' is preparing to move to secondary school. More than 300 transgender children a year are now starting on a course of puberty-blocking drugs, figures seen by the Victoria Derbyshire programme show. One of the transgender children we have been following for four years has now begun her treatment, which gives youngsters time to decide if they want to live as a man or a woman."I'm happy
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Artificial ovary fertility treatment developed by scientists

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have taken early steps towards developing an artificial ovary that could lead to improved fertility preservation treatments.The technique is aimed at helping women at risk of becoming infertile, such as those who receive chemotherapy.The Danish scientists removed parts of the ovary and altered them so they could potentially be transplanted later when the woman wants to conceive.Experts said the research was "exciting" but more