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Capita in U-turn over claimant death case

Image copyright Family handoutImage caption Victoria Smith died last July, before a tribunal overturned the decision to stop her benefits A benefit assessment company that threatened legal action to reverse “reputational damage” after a claimant died has dropped its case. Victoria Smith died months after her personal independence payments were stopped following a Capita assessment. […]

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Milk bank needs dozens of donors to meet demand

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHuman milk contains substances that cannot be synthesised A service that helps premature and seriously-ill babies across Ireland has appealed for more new mothers to donate breast milk. The human milk bank run by the Western Health Trust currently has just 20 active donors. To meet demand […]

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‘Lack of evidence’ holding back cannabis medicines

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAnthony and Tannine travel to the Netherlands to obtain cannabis oil for their child NHS patients are not getting cannabis-based medicines because of a lack of evidence they work, according to an official review. Multiple sclerosis patients and parents of children with severe epilepsy have been fighting […]

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Warnings after woman is burned by ‘vagina steaming’

Image copyright Getty Images Gynaecologists are warning of the potential risks of vaginal steaming after it emerged a Canadian woman burned herself attempting one. A case study, involving a 62-year-old, was published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada. The woman had been suffering from a prolapsed vagina and believed the treatment could help […]

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DR Congo medics arrested over death of Ebola doctor

Image copyright WHO/TwitterImage caption Colleagues say Dr Richard Mouzoko was passionate and committed Three Congolese doctors have been arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the killing of a World Health Organization (WHO) medic, a military prosecutor has said. Cameroonian doctor Richard Mouzoko was shot dead in April at a hospital in Butembo, where […]

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Beyoncé diet plan ‘could be dangerous’

Image copyright Getty Images A diet endorsed by US pop singer Beyoncé “could be dangerous,” the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine has told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. Subscribers to the 22-day plan pay $14 (£11.50) to access plant-based recipes. But nutritionist Daniel O’Shaughnessy says the diet could lead to “nutritional deficiencies”. Beyoncé’s […]

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‘I was denied cervical screening because of my disability’

Image copyright KerryImage caption Kerry has muscular dystrophy and spent 10 years trying to organise cervical screening Women with physical disabilities often have to fight to access cervical screening, with some denied it altogether, a charity is warning. Some said they hadn’t had smear tests for years because hoists were unavailable and testing at home […]

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NHS to set up national artificial intelligence lab

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS in England is setting up a national artificial intelligence laboratory to enhance care of patients and research. The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said AI had “enormous power” to improve care, save lives and ensure doctors had more time to spend with patients. He has announced £250m will be spent […]

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‘I found out I was HIV-positive at 12 years old’

Image copyright @captain.frostImage caption Aloma Watson-Ratcliffe “came out” with her HIV status as part of a performance Aloma Watson-Ratcliffe was 12 years old when she found out she had contracted HIV from her mum. Now 20, she describes what it was like to deal with the condition as a child and how she learned to […]