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Laxative sales may be restricted under government review

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The government is considering imposing stricter regulations on the sale of laxatives amid concerns they could be abused by people with eating disorders.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency will examine measures such as age limits on purchasers and possibly ending over-the-counter sales.Experts say available evidence suggests more than half of patients with eating disorders have misused them. Laxatives should never be used for weight
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Mental health: Five hour journey for anorexia help

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There has been a rise in children seeking mental health help outside Wales After being sent five hours from home for treatment for anorexia Cerys "cried her eyes out the entire night".The 18-year-old from south Wales was sent to London as her local hospital had no specialist facilities to deal with eating disorders.Since 2012, there has been an 8% rise in the number
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Obesity ‘to be linked to more female cancers’ than smoking

[ad_1] Obesity is set to overtake smoking as the biggest cause of cancer in UK women by 2043, a Cancer Research UK report predicts.Currently, 12% of cancers in women are linked to smoking, and 7% to being overweight and obese.But with the number of smokers falling and obesity rates projected to rise, the charity estimates that gap will disappear in 25 years time.The figures assume that current trends will continue.Cancer
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Life as a medical photographer at Addenbrooke’s Hospital

[ad_1] A medical photographer has spoken to the BBC about her career capturing images of disease, injury, surgery and occasionally death.Martha Whiffen, 27, is based at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and has won a number of awards for her work. The photos, which often require a strong stomach, are used for a variety of medical research purposes."Sometimes I do have to photograph some really gross things," she said."Any time of
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NHS to save ‘hundreds of millions’ in landmark drug ruling

[ad_1] Image copyright Olga Ignatova Image caption Age-related macular degeneration affects more than 600,000 people in the UK A landmark ruling against two leading drug companies could save the NHS "hundreds of millions" a year. The case centred on the treatment of patients with the eye condition, wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).Twelve NHS bodies in the north east of England were offering patients the drug Avastin, a cheaper alternative to
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Pre-sex HIV drug should be made available on NHS, MPs say

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A drug that cuts the chances of contracting HIV during sex should be made available on the NHS in England to anyone at risk, three MPs have told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme.Tory MPs Crispin Blunt and Nigel Evans, and Labour's Stephen Doughty said the Prep drug had been proven to be cost-effective during continuing trials.A much cheaper version of Prep could soon be available
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Jelly treats for dementia sufferers

[ad_1] Lewis Hornby invented Jelly Drops, a hydrating treat for people with dementia, after his grandmother was hospitalised for dehydration.Dehydration is a serious problem for people with dementia as they often forget or don't want to drink, and Lewis hopes his invention, which is 90% water, can help.Lewis has won several awards for his creattion, including Helen Hamlyn Design Award - Snowdon Award for Disability and the DESIRE Award for
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Shropshire hospitals baby deaths review cases rise to over 100

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJack Burn died hours after being born at Princess Royal Hospital in Telford A review into mother and baby deaths and injuries at hospitals in Shropshire is examining more than 100 cases, it is understood.In 2017, Jeremy Hunt ordered an investigation into maternity care relating to 23 cases at the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust (SaTH).That figure expanded to 40 but
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Are drink-driving limits too high?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption How many drinks takes you over the limit varies from person to person Have you ever decided to drive your car after a few drinks and wondered whether you were close to the limit - if it was safe?If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you can drink a surprising amount of alcohol before you go above the current drink-drive limits.