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Yemen conjoined twins: Doctors appeal for help evacuating boys

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Abdul Khaleq and Abdul Rahim share a liver, as well as two kidneys, two legs and two arms Yemeni doctors have appealed to the UN to arrange the evacuation of newborn conjoined twin boys who are in urgent need of treatment abroad.Abdul Khaleq and Abdul Rahim, who are two weeks old, will not survive if they stay in Yemen, where the health system has
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Dementia risk factors not known by half of population

[ad_1] Image copyright Alex Wallace Half of UK adults cannot identify any key risk factors for dementia, according to a study by Alzheimer's Research UK.The charity surveyed 2,361 people and found that only 1% were able to name the seven known risk or protective factors for dementia.The six risk factors are heavy drinking, genetics, smoking, high blood pressure, depression and diabetes. Physical exercise is a protective factor against the disease.
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‘Xanax’ linked to more than 200 deaths

[ad_1] Image copyright Family photo Image caption Kyle Remzi, a computer science student at Essex University, died aged 20 after an overdose in 2017 At least 204 deaths have been linked to the misuse of anxiety drug Xanax in the UK since 2015, figures seen by the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme reveal.Of these, there were 126 fatalities in Scotland between 2015 and 2017.Counterfeit Xanax bars with a street value of
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FGM ‘increasingly performed on UK babies’

[ad_1] Image caption Dr Charlotte Proudman says FGM performed on babies is "almost impossible" for the authorities to detect Female genital mutilation (FGM) is increasingly being performed on babies and infants in the UK, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told.FGM expert and barrister Dr Charlotte Proudman said it was "almost impossible to detect" as the girls were not in school or old enough to report it.In one report, in
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Celebrity ads for diet aids should be banned, says top doctor

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kim Kardashian West has promoted diet aids on social media Social media companies should ban "damaging" celebrity-endorsed social media ads promoting weight loss aids, England's top doctor has said.Some celebrities with large followings are promoting products such as diet pills and detox teas on social media.Prof Stephen Powis, NHS medical director, argues these products have a damaging effect on the physical and mental
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Dry January: Does it lead to binge-drinking in February?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images An estimated 4.2 million people in the UK said they were planning to abstain from drinking in January - and the official Dry January campaign says it's designed to "reset" people's relationship with alcohol. So does a month off drinking help people form new habits, or is it likely to lead to a February binge?The idea that having a "dry" month leads to heavier drinking
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Opt-out organ donation shift wins backing

[ad_1] Image copyright Bibo Keeley Image caption Brian and Bibo Keeley got married in hospital while he awaited a heart transplant A shift to an "opt-out" system for organ donation has been back by MSPs on Holyrood's health committee.They expressed support for the bill which would see a major change to the system in Scotland.At present, people must "opt in" by registering to donate their organs for transplants after they
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The GP substitute will see you now

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images An army of more than 20,000 physios, pharmacists and paramedics are to be recruited to work alongside under-pressure GPs, NHS bosses say.The new staff will work alongside GPs, taking responsibility for some of the 300 million bookings made with practices each year.The will also provide continuing care to patients in the community.NHS England said this should allow GPs to spend more time with the sickest
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Cancer patient Samanda Ford attends own Suffolk funeral wake

[ad_1] A woman who was diagnosed with a terminal illness decided to attend her own wake.Samanda Ford, from Beccles in Suffolk, was diagnosed with colon cancer in December 2017. In June 2018 doctors said she had just months to live.Calling the event her "awake-wake", everyone dressed in her favourite leopard-print style. The 58-year-old, known by friends as "the queen of positivity" told party guests: "I wanted to actually be here
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Persistent sore throat ‘can be cancer sign’

[ad_1] Image copyright SPL GPs with patients who have a persistent sore throat, combined with shortness of breath, trouble swallowing or earache, should consider cancer as the cause, according to new research.Currently, it is recommended patients with persistent hoarseness or an unexplained neck lump are investigated for throat or laryngeal cancer.However, Cancer Research UK's Weilin Wu said patients should not be alarmed."A sore throat on its own wasn't linked to