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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
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Could psychedelics transform mental health?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Think of magic mushrooms and LSD and it's likely that science is not the first thing that springs to mind.Psychedelic drugs are more likely to be associated with hippies and the counterculture of the 1960s than people in white lab coats and clinical trials.But that might soon change.Increasingly, scientists are looking at whether these mind-altering drugs - which also include mescaline and DMT among others
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Gosport hospital deaths: Nurses were ‘making patients comfortable’

[ad_1] Image caption More than 450 patients died after being given painkilling drugs at Gosport War Memorial Hospital A nurse who worked at a hospital where more than 450 patients died after being prescribed dangerous doses of painkilling drugs said staff were trying to make them "comfortable".The patients were given the drugs inappropriately at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital, a report concluded.The nurse, who does not wish to be identified,
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MDMA strengths surge to ‘potentially fatal’ levels

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'Laura' has stopped using MDMA but continues to suffer from the effects The average strength of ecstasy tablets tested in Wales surged to potentially fatal levels last year, health chiefs have said. An average of 156mg of MDMA was found in 135 ecstasy samples analysed by the health body, up 20% from 129mg in 2016.Public Health Wales (PHW) said the "very
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Gosport hospital deaths: The numbers behind the scandal

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption The families of those who died have campaigned for years to get justice What exactly was the "critical turning point" that helped reveal the scandal at Gosport War Memorial Hospital in which hundreds of patients died prematurely?In the graphics below we take an in-depth look at how investigators exposed the details of more than a decade of "shortened" lives at the hospital, which resulted
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Deprived areas ‘have five times more fast food outlets’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Children can be tempted by fast food offerings near schools Deprived areas such as Blackpool and parts of Manchester and Liverpool have five times more fast food outlets than affluent areas, a survey suggests. The data, from Public Health England (PHE), compared levels of deprivation with numbers of takeaways such as chip shops, burger bars and pizza places. Experts say children exposed to