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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
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Patients criticised for rating GPs’ looks on social media

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Patients have been criticised for taking photos and videos of doctors and then asking people online to rate how attractive they find them.Social media posts of doctors are being shared without their consent, the British Medical Association's annual meeting heard.Such posts "violate" their privacy, the meeting in Brighton was told. Delegates voted in favour of a motion condemning patients for sharing private appointment recordings online.
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Revamped drug could save lives of many new mothers – WHO

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A revamped drug that can withstand extreme heat and stay effective for 1,000 days could "revolutionise the ability" to keep new mothers alive, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.The medicine - known as heat-stable carbetocin - helps prevent sometimes fatal bleeding after women give birth.It could potentially be given to millions of mothers worldwide.Existing drugs can help but hot, humid conditions in many countries may
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Patients ‘choked on hospital soft food’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Patients with swallowing difficulties were reportedly given hash browns to eat Two patients are reported to have died and seven more came to "significant harm" after people with swallowing difficulties were given inappropriate food, according to NHS Improvement.The regulator received reports of hash browns, mince and sponge cake being fed to patients in England who were supposed to be on liquidised food.Hundreds of
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Noel Conway: Terminally-ill man loses assisted dying challenge

[ad_1] Image caption Noel Conway was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2014 A terminally-ill man who wants to be helped to die has lost his legal challenge at the Court of Appeal.Noel Conway, 68, who has motor neurone disease, has fought a legal battle for the right to a "peaceful and dignified" death.The retired lecturer, from Shrewsbury, wants a doctor to be allowed to prescribe him a lethal dose
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Mast cell activation syndrome: Gymnast ‘allergic to everything’

[ad_1] An elite gymnast who is potentially "allergic to everything" has been nominated for a national diversity award.Natasha Coates, from Nuthall, Nottinghamshire, has mast cell activation syndrome - a condition that inappropriately triggers blood cells, causing life-threatening reactions.Despite being susceptible to anything from exercise to strong smells, the 23-year-old has won 22 national gymnastics titles and has been nominated ahead of the National Diversity Awards 2018. [ad_2] Source link
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‘Tax and regulate more to improve health’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The government should tax and regulate more to encourage people to be healthier, a group of experts says.The independent analysis, produced for the BBC, said the success of the smoking ban and sugary drinks tax should embolden ministers.The experts also said the fear of the "nanny state" tag was unfounded as polling suggested the public have an appetite for tough action.It comes after ministers in