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The pain of Tourette’s: ‘I’m always covered in bruises’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlice Franklin is one of 300,000 people in the UK with Tourette’s syndrome"Punching walls is a favourite one of mine. Punching windows. I've broken three windows in the past year. Punching myself in the head, whacking my head against the wall." Alice Franklin is 25, lives in London and has Tourette's syndrome. She first started experiencing symptoms around four years ago
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Mental Health: Tougher checks before Superdrug Botox

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The NHS has told Superdrug it could do more to protect the mental health of customers who want injections to smooth skin or plump lips.The High Street chain started offering Botox and dermal fillers last year.But the NHS said the injections risked fuelling mental health disorders about appearance - and it was being left to pick up the pieces. Superdrug said it was "fully committed"
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Pharmacists warn of a ‘surge’ in shortage of common medicines

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library Pharmacists say they are struggling to obtain many common medicines and paying "vastly increased" prices for them. This is leaving patients complaining of delays in getting hold of drugs such as painkillers, anti-depressants and blood pressure medication. The BBC has found there has been a big rise in the number of drugs on the "shortage of supply" list for England.There are now 80 medicine
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Teenage cancer survival ‘on the up’ in England, report finds

[ad_1] Image copyright TEENAGE CANCER TRUST Image caption Aggie is now working as a management consultant five years on from her cancer diagnosis Survival rates for teenagers and young adults with cancer in England are improving, particularly for those with leukaemia and bone cancer, says a report by Teenage Cancer Trust and Public Health England.But it found young patients living in poorer areas had lower chances of survival.Understanding why this
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Liver transplant ‘game changing’ treatment approved

[ad_1] Image copyright David Nasralla Image caption The normothermic perfusion machine pumps oxygenated blood and nutrients into livers outside the body A new procedure for storing livers donated for transplant has been hailed a "game changer" and approved for use on the NHS. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) say perfusion machines could increase the number of livers that can be safely used for transplantation.They store donated
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What is the right age to lose your virginity?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Having sex too soon is the biggest regret of young people losing their virginity, a survey of British sexual behaviour suggests.More than a third of women and a quarter of men in their teens and early 20s admitted it had not been "the right time" when they first had sex. People must be 16 or over to legally consent to sex. The latest National Survey
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Intersex surgeries: Is it right to assign sex to a baby?

[ad_1] The UN says as many as 1.7% of the world have intersex traits - that's the same as the number of people with red hair. All over the world, children with intersex traits are being operated on to be sex assigned at birth - sometimes with devastating consequences. BBC Gender and Identity Reporter Megha Mohan explores the hidden world of intersex children.Videojournalist: Natalia Zuo [ad_2] Source link
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Clinical waste ‘backlog’ pictured at North Lanarkshire health centres

[ad_1] Image caption The waste was piled on top of containers at health centres in Coatbridge, Kilsyth and Cumbernauld Photographs showing bags of clinical waste piled at three health centres in North Lanarkshire have been posted on social media.The images - from Coatbridge, Kilsyth and Cumbernauld - showed bags of waste on top of large waste containers.It comes after the collapse of the firm Healthcare Environmental Services (HES), which had
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Mental health patients missing GP appointments ‘at risk’

[ad_1] Image copyright sturti Image caption Deprived patients in affluent areas can find themselves excluded when they miss GP appointments Mental health patients who miss two or more GP appointments within the space of a year are eight times more likely to die in the subsequent 18 months than those who miss none, a study suggests.The University of Glasgow study looked at 274,547 patients with long-term mental health conditions, at