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Painkillers ‘mask, not kill’ long-term pain

Image caption Jazz is using exercise to help her recovery Excessive use of painkillers is on the rise. Now the NHS in Sunderland, which has one of the highest prescribing rates, is running a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of long-term use. Jazmine Allen, 23, who already has a 10-year history of using […]

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Scientists discover powerful antibiotic using AI

Image copyright Getty Images In a world first, scientists have discovered a new type of antibiotic using artificial intelligence (AI). It has been heralded by experts as a major breakthrough in the fight against the growing problem of drug resistance. A powerful algorithm was used to analyse more than one hundred million chemical compounds in […]

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Surgeon who harmed Scots is now working in Libya

Image caption Video footage shows Mr Eljamel operating in the Libyan city of Misrata A top surgeon who harmed patients in Scotland for years and can no longer work in the UK is operating again. The BBC has discovered that Sam Eljamel, who was suspended following internal and external reviews in 2013, is working as […]

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NHS ‘took 18 months to help after suicide attempt’

Image caption Simon has struggled with his mental health over the past three decades Poor treatment and aftercare for people who self-harm or attempt suicide is putting their lives at risk, the Royal College of Psychiatrists says. Many patients treated in A&E for self-harm do not receive a full psychosocial assessment from a mental health […]