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Depressed? The places not to live if you need help

Depressed? The places not to live if you need help

Image copyright Getty Images A flagship NHS mental health service is failing patients in one in seven areas of England, research by the BBC shows. People with conditions like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are entitled to psychological therapies, such as counselling. The NHS is meant to successfully treat half of the people it […]

Children with problems or problem children?

Children with problems or problem children?

Image caption Anxiety is a warning of perceived danger There’s nothing pleasant about being on the end of a child’s angry or aggressive outburst – whether you’re a parent or a teacher. And if that outburst happens in a classroom rather than the sitting room, the consequences for the child can be much more serious. […]

EpiPen shortage: Chemists told to quiz parents on children’s need

EpiPen shortage: Chemists told to quiz parents on children’s need

Image copyright Getty Images Chemists have been told by the NHS to check whether young children are in urgent need of adrenaline pens before dispensing the devices. Pharmacists must ask parents and carers how many auto-adrenaline injectors they have before deciding how many to give. Only children who have no pens – including expired but […]

Self-lubricating condom designed to reduce infections

Self-lubricating condom designed to reduce infections

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have found a way to make self-lubricating latex condoms that become slippery on contact. It is thanks to a special, durable coating that should last throughout intercourse, says the team, backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They hope it will make condoms more appealing to use […]

Bill Turnbull: Cancer chemo treatment was ‘unbearable’

Bill Turnbull: Cancer chemo treatment was ‘unbearable’

Image copyright PA Bill Turnbull has described dealing with cancer every day as “relentlessly boring” and admitted he asked doctors to stop his “unbearable” chemotherapy. The former BBC Breakfast anchor, who’s now a presenter on Classic FM, said: “I just couldn’t bear it any longer.” After that round of chemo in July – his eighth […]

I saved my dad’s life with CPR

I saved my dad’s life with CPR

Image copyright BHF “I heard my mam shout my name. You know when someone shouts your name and it frightens you? I ran downstairs and there’s my dad on the couch, blacked out, blue lips, blue ear lobes, his fingers – everything. I thought: ‘Right, that’s CPR time’.” Aaron Groves, from Liverpool, was 15 when […]

Which? testing reveals ‘unsafe’ child stair gates

Which? testing reveals ‘unsafe’ child stair gates

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Each month, thousands of new parents buy stair gates, such as the version seen here – which was not one of the products named by Which? Parents should immediately stop using three market-leading child stair gates, a consumer group has said after carrying out its own safety tests. Which? […]

Dance lessons for the lonely – on the NHS

Dance lessons for the lonely – on the NHS

Image copyright Getty Images GPs in England are being given permission to prescribe patients “social” activities, such as dance classes, to tackle loneliness. The strategy, announced by Prime Minister Theresa May, will also see postal delivery workers checking in on isolated people during their rounds. The government says about 200,000 older people have not had […]

Children ‘should be weighed up to age 18’, report says

Children ‘should be weighed up to age 18’, report says

Image copyright Getty Images Children and young people up to 18 should have their weight and body mass index (BMI) recorded every year, says a report by child health experts. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says England is falling behind other countries on obesity, mental health and infant deaths. It predicts rising […]

Cwm Taf baby deaths: ‘My baby is buried 4,000 miles away’

Cwm Taf baby deaths: ‘My baby is buried 4,000 miles away’

Image copyright Family photo Image caption Chioma Udeogu, who lives in Nigeria, has never been able to return to visit her daughter’s grave in Glyntaff Cemetery, Pontypridd Chioma Udeogu hopes one day she will be able to visit her baby girl’s grave thousands of miles away from her home in Nigeria. Her daughter, Favour, was […]

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