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Organ donation: ‘My hero, he gave me his liver’

Tom Wilson died after an accident during a hockey match, but his organs and tissues have saved more than 50 people. His mother Lisa spoke to BBC Breakfast about the decision to donate his organs, and how they made contact with some of the recipients – including Fatima, aged six, who got Tom’s liver. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-49381122

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Candida auris: The new superbug on the block

Image copyright Getty Images The drug-resistant fungus, Candida auris, was only discovered 10 years ago, but is now one of the world’s most feared hospital microbes. There have been outbreaks across the world, and new research shows higher temperatures may have led to an increase in infections. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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Patients who cannot eat food ‘fear for lives’

Image copyright Lauren Mitchell Patients who cannot eat have told BBC News they are petrified and fear for their lives after problems making their replacement nutrition. They are completely dependent on bags filled with a liquid that contains everything their body needs and is infused directly into the bloodstream. The NHS in England has described […]

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Ipswich Hospital blackout caused by faulty battery

Image caption The power loss affected outpatients, X-rays, scans and pathology for nearly half an hour A faulty battery led to a back-up generator failing to kick in when a hospital lost power during a UK-wide power outage, it has been revealed. When two power stations became disconnected from the National Grid last Friday, power […]

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Nuneaton man loses 14 stone after refusing surgery

Jason Anderson had high blood pressure, diabetes and severe sleep apnoea. Doctors wanted to give the Nuneaton man gastric band treatment within a week of him being seen. But he refused, saying he wanted to lose the weight himself. He lost 14 stone (89kg) within two years and his health has improved. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-49362468

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Drug deaths soar to highest level on record

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Treatment programmes for heroin addicts have been cut, experts say Drug deaths rose sharply in England and Wales to reach record numbers last year, official figures show. There were 2,917 deaths from illicit drugs in 2018, the Office of National Statistics said, a rise of 17%. Most deaths were due […]

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Lyme disease: Older white women ‘at highest risk’

Image copyright Science Photo LibraryImage caption The characteristic bulls-eye rash seen in Lyme disease Older women are at most risk of contracting Lyme disease, a study suggests – and parts of southern and south-west England are “hotspots”. There are around 3,000 cases of the disease – a bacterial infection carried by ticks – each year […]

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Stop cuts to adult social care, petition urges

Image caption Adult social care provides help with daily tasks More than 150,000 people have signed a petition calling for urgent action to fix the system that provides care for older and disabled people. It urges the prime minister “to end swingeing cuts”, saying more than 1.4 million over-65s in England have been left without […]