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‘I lost 19 stone but hate my saggy skin’

[ad_1] In two years, Amy lost 19 stone (120kg) through gastric sleeve surgery and exercise.But the excess skin she was left with is making her unhappy and she is going to pay £9,000 to get it removed.The NHS says funding is not generally available for cosmetic surgery unless there is a medical need and it impacts quality of life.Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Listen to Newsbeat live at
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Addenbrooke’s to pioneer liver transplant technology

[ad_1] Image copyright DAVID NASRALLA Image caption The perfusion machine mimics a transplant, keeping the liver warm A hospital has become the first in the UK to bring state-of-the-art liver technology into routine use.The "perfusion machine" at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge keeps a donor liver "alive" outside the body by pumping it with blood, nutrients and medicine. Donor organs are normally stored in ice but many become damaged and unusable
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Noel Conway case: Ill man ‘best judge’ of ‘undignified death’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNoel Conway says he is positive about his case's chances A terminally ill man should not have to endure a "distressing and undignified" death because of the ban on assisted dying, the Court of Appeal has heard. Noel Conway, 68, of Shrewsbury, who has motor neurone disease, is challenging the current law on assisted suicide. He wants the right to enlist
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Jamie Oliver says more tax is not way to cut childhood obesity

[ad_1] Image copyright PARLIAMENT TV Image caption Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall held up sugar sachets to show how many were in a soft drink before and after the sugar tax Jamie Oliver has told a select committee that more taxation is not the way to curb the UK's obesity epidemic.Mr Oliver and fellow celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall were giving evidence to the Health and Social Care Select Committee.They showed
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Bid to overturn homeopathy crackdown

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Campaigners are seeking to overturn a decision by NHS bosses to recommend GPs no longer prescribe homeopathy.The British Homeopathic Association has won the right to have a judicial review of the move.It was proposed last year by NHS England after a consultation, which the BHA is arguing was flawed.Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, has described homeopathy as "at best a placebo and
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Can traditional healers help fight HIV?

[ad_1] South Africa has one of the largest HIV epidemics in the world. In some parts of KwaZulu-Natal, one in three adults are living with the virus. Once condemned as witch-doctors, traditional healers are now joining forces with medics to help fight the disease. For more from Baba Ximba and Dr Mosa Moshabela, listen to The Evidence: Traditional Healers and HIV from BBC World Service. [ad_2] Source link
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‘Black box’ call for medical devices to detect errors

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Medical devices and computers should have a black box style feature similar to aircraft to investigate whether errors have contributed to patient harm, an IT expert has said.Currently no data is collected on the links between patient harm and device errors in the NHS.But computer professor Harold Thimbleby says bugs could be contributing to dozens of patient deaths a year.The Welsh Government said it was
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Can a full Moon really affect your sleep?

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Over the years, the full Moon has been blamed for everything from spikes in crime, to causing madness, to baby booms.But could it also be the reason some of you have found it hard to nod off this week?For once, it may not be those caffeinated drinks or hours of screen time that have kept you awake.Is there any science to back it up? Scientists from
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Critical window for learning a language

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library There is a critical cut-off age for learning a language fluently, according to research. If you want to have native-like knowledge of English grammar, for example, you should ideally start before age 10, say the researchers. People remain highly skilled learners until 17 or 18, when ability tails off.The findings, in the journal Cognition, come from an online grammar test taken by nearly 670,000
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Will paying more for alcohol and sugary drinks make us healthier?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A minimum price on alcohol is being introduced in Scotland, in a bid to cut problem drinking.It follows the introduction of a UK-wide sugar tax, as part of measures to tackle obesity. But does making unhealthy products more expensive persuade people to make "better" choices? And what are the trade-offs associated with doing so?Everybody will pay moreThe price increases being introduced could lead to significant