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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Slimy slugs inspire ‘potentially lifesaving’ medical glue

A defensive mucus secreted by slugs has inspired a new kind of adhesive that could transform medicine, say scientists. The "bio-glue" is incredibly strong, moves with the body and crucially, sticks to wet surfaces. The team at Harvard University have even used it to seal a hole in a pig's heart. Exp
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Drinking a few times a week ‘reduces diabetes risk’

People who drink three to four times a week are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who never drink, Danish researchers suggest.Wine appears to be particularly beneficial, probably as it plays a role in helping to manage blood sugar, the study, published in Diabetologia, says.They surv
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Charlie Gard parents ‘denied final wish’ for more time

Terminally-ill Charlie Gard will be moved to a hospice and have his life support withdrawn soon after, a High Court judge has decided.Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) said it was not in his best interests to spend a long time in a hospice.His parents had wanted a private team to care for Charlie
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Charlie Gard: The story of his parents’ legal fight

The plight of Charlie Gard attracted worldwide attention as a result of the legal fight that pitched his desperate parents against the medical profession. But at the heart of it all is an 11-month-old baby who has spent his entire young life in a hospital bed. This is how his story unfolded.Charlie
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‘Overwhelmed’ hospital in Worcester missed DNP overdose

A young woman who had taken slimming drug DNP died after an "overwhelmed" hospital department failed to spot the "potentially fatal overdose".Bethany Shipsey, 21, was being treated at Worcestershire Royal Hospital when there were delays recognising her condition, a report has found.Her father, Doug
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