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Woman with Down's contributes to Alzheimer's research

Amy is part of a Cambridge University study tracking 40 people with Down’s syndrome to try to find a treatment for Alzheimer’s. People with Down’s syndrome are at greater risk of Alzheimer’s, and of developing it earlier than others, and Amy told the Today programme she hopes she can help scientists find a treatment for […]

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Junior doctors' job offers withdrawn after blunder

Image copyright Getty Images Up to 1,500 junior doctors offered posts as registrars have had their job offers withdrawn, following a mistake in the recruitment process. Doctors say they have been left stressed and in limbo, and potentially out of pocket over plans to move home. The Royal College of Physicians, which oversees recruitment, apologised […]

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Breast cancer screening programme 'does more harm than good'

Image copyright Getty Images Routine breast cancer screening can do “more harm than good” and women who missed appointments should “carry on with their lives”, doctors have said. A group of 15 health experts have written to the Times, saying women must not be subjected to “fear-mongering”. It comes after 450,000 women in England were […]

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Callum Cartlidge death: Mum will never forgive hospital

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“I will never forgive them for what’s happened” A mother whose son died after not being given a life-saving blood test says she will “never forgive” the hospital. Callum Cartlidge, aged eight, died after suffering a cardiac arrest at home in Redditch, Worcestershire, on 3 March 2017. […]

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'Hiding at the back of the gym crying'

Image copyright Macmillan Cancer Support Men are less than half as likely as women to ask for help when they are diagnosed with cancer, according to the charity Macmillan. Craig Toley was 29 when he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer but didn’t talk about it until after he’d fallen into a deep depression. “I remember […]

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Five things you might be surprised affect weight

Image caption Jackie (left) and Gillian (right) are twins but have very different BMIs People might think battling obesity is down to sheer willpower, but medical research says otherwise. Here are five potentially surprising factors that can affect your weight, as unearthed by The Truth About Obesity . 1. Gut microbes Gillian and Jackie are […]

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Health bosses criticise visa rules for doctors

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘Shortage of doctors has led to treatment delays’ Immigration rules are hampering the ability of the NHS to recruit doctors, health leaders are warning. The number of skilled non-EU workers granted UK visas is capped – with the Home Office arguing the restriction is in “the national […]

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Blood scandal victims need more cash, says Haemophilia Wales

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTainted blood ‘black cloud’ over Penarth man’s life Welsh victims of the infected blood scandal should get the same support payments as those in Scotland, the charity Haemophilia Wales has said. Chairwoman Lynne Kelly wants Welsh ministers to raise the annual payments for 60 people who contracted […]

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Report recommends NI abortion law change

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Terminations are only permitted in NI if a woman’s life is at risk or if there is a risk of permanent and serious damage to her mental or physical health A working group has recommended a change to Northern Ireland’s laws to allow abortion in cases of fatal […]

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Alfie Evans' life support withdrawn, father says

Image copyright Kate James Image caption Alfie Evans’ condition in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital has been described as “semi-vegetative” The life support of seriously ill toddler Alfie Evans has been withdrawn, his father has said. Tom Evans said the 23-month-old’s life support was turned off on Monday but Alfie was breathing on his own and […]