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Campaign to adopt Wales’ organ donation law in England

Campaign to adopt Wales’ organ donation law in England

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Adults in Wales are regarded as having allowed organ donation unless they have opted out A campaign for Wales’ organ donation laws to be adopted in England has been launched by a mother whose daughter needed a transplant. Wales became the only nation in the UK to introduce a “deemed […]

Sex is painful for nearly one in 10 women, study finds

Sex is painful for nearly one in 10 women, study finds

Image copyright Thinkstock Nearly one in 10 British women finds sex painful, according to a big study. The survey of nearly 7,000 sexually active women aged 16 to 74, in An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, suggests this medical problem – called dyspareunia – is common and affects women of all ages. Women in […]

Personality linked to ‘differences in brain structure’

Personality linked to ‘differences in brain structure’

Image copyright ZEPHYR/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Our personality traits are linked to differences in the thickness and volume of various parts of our brains, an international study has suggested. Those with thicker and less wrinkled outer layers of the brain tended to have more neurotic tendencies, the study of scans of 500 people found. Open-minded people […]

Volunteers are cuddling vulnerable babies

Volunteers are cuddling vulnerable babies

Vulnerable babies born addicted to painkillers or heroin are being soothed through their first difficult weeks by volunteers whose sole task is simply to cuddle them. Programmes in hospitals and care facilities across the US have been inundated by people keen to offer physical comfort to the infants as they go through the withdrawal process. […]

Bed-blocking patient evicted after two years ‘did not want to stay’

Media captionAdriano Guedes spent more than two years in James Paget Hospital in Norfolk A patient who was evicted from a hospital after spending more than two years in a bed said he did not want to stay and “tried to get out of there”. Adriano Guedes, 63, who suffers paralysis after a stroke in […]

Fertility couple win landmark fatherhood ruling

Fertility couple win landmark fatherhood ruling

A couple left “devastated” when they were caught in a legal bind after their fertility treatment documents were lost have won a landmark High Court ruling. The pair became parents to twins born after using a sperm donor in Nottingham but consent forms went missing. It meant they could not register the father on the […]

‘Filthy air’ prompts ‘very high’ pollution alert for London

‘Filthy air’ prompts ‘very high’ pollution alert for London

Image copyright LEON NEAL Image caption About 500,000 Londoners aged under 19 live in areas that breach EU pollution limits A “very high” air pollution warning has been issued for London for the first time under a new alert system. Warnings are being issued at bus stops, roadside signs and Tube stations under the new […]

Banks face mental health challenge

Banks face mental health challenge

Image copyright Thinkstock Banks must offer basic account options, as given to other vulnerable people, to assist those struggling with mental health conditions, a think tank says. Mental health problems affected everyday activities such as budgeting and paying bills, the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) said. Setting spending limits on cards and allowing […]

Newcastle researchers welcome CML leukaemia trial success

Newcastle researchers welcome CML leukaemia trial success

Image caption Dr Osborne said clinical research was a vital part of the NHS New research could see patients with a rare blood cancer live longer without the side-effects of drugs, doctors say. Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) patients are often required to take tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) indefinitely. But 93% of those in a new […]

Model Hanne Gaby Odiele reveals she is intersex to ‘break taboo’

Model Hanne Gaby Odiele reveals she is intersex to ‘break taboo’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hanne Gaby Odiele had two major operations, as a child and a teenager A top fashion model has revealed that she is intersex, saying that she hopes speaking out will help break a taboo. Hanne Gaby Odiele, 29, was born with undescended testicles, which were removed when she was […]