Winter flu

NHS bosses are warning we should be braced for a bad flu season. They cite the experience of Australia and New Zealand, which have just gone through their winters. What happens there, they say, tends to be a good pointer to how flu spreads in the UK.They've certainly had their worst flu season for a
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Living with pain

Alison Morton was 25 years old when she started experiencing pain in her muscles and joints. Doctors removed her gall bladder - but after symptoms didn't improve, she was eventually diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a widespread condition that affects the musculoskeletal system.Four years on, it leaves h
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Red alert

Menstruation is considered a taboo to even speak about in India, so imagine the reaction to the idea of collecting women's used menstrual pads.But that is exactly what health workers did in villages in the West Indian state of Maharashtra - in order to diagnose the possibility of cervical cancer. Mo
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Soft option

Amie used to drink 30 pints in a weekend to "keep up with the boys"."I could neck three bottles of wine and not think about it," said the 38-year-old from Derbyshire. Her drinking was so extreme that she contemplated suicide: "I thought well, stuff's got to change."For Jennifer, it caused her relat
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Reality Check: Does debt interest cost more than NHS pay?

The claim: We pay more on debt interest than on NHS pay.Reality Check verdict: If you use the Office for Budget Responsibility's headline figure for debt interest then we actually spend more on NHS pay.With nurses demonstrating in Parliament Square against the pay cap this week, Prime Minister There
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Diabetes designs

If you're diabetic, checking your blood sugar level is part of the fabric of life. But one designer with the condition went a step further and wove her blood results into the fabric she designs.Poppy Nash was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes aged six which meant her body was no longer able to produce
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