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Carrying the shopping can improve strength in over-65s, say experts

Image copyright Getty Images Carrying the shopping, gardening, or vacuuming, can help older people to lead healthier lives for longer, according to leading physiotherapists. They warn that millions of older people risk falls because they are failing to maintain their strength. Nearly a quarter of over-65s don’t do any strength …

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Take it or leave it

Image caption Jonathan Gold said he changed his life by taking ayahuasca in Holland It is one of the strongest psychedelic drugs in the world, and its use has been spreading from South America to Europe. Many experts say ayahuasca is dangerous, and it is illegal in the UK, but …

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Running on empty

For the past two years Maya has been in the grip of anorexia. Despite her illness, she wants to move on with her life, so this year she decided to sit her A-levels and try to enter university. The BBC’s Sarah Bowen followed her efforts in the months leading up …

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NHS staff shortages 'mean patients dying alone' in hospitals

Image copyright dszc Patients are dying alone on hospital wards because staff do not have enough time to care for them, nurses say. The mounting pressure across the UK is also leading to medicines being given late and patients being left in pain. The issues have been brought to light …

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Baby heart images could help reduce miscarriage, Leeds research suggests

Image copyright Univversity of Leeds Image caption Cross-section image of a baby’s heart at 124 days Doctors have identified a key stage in the development of a baby’s heart which they say could help them reduce the number of miscarriages. New imaging techniques have shown that the four chambers of …

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What can my child eat at school?

Image copyright Getty Images A school in Bradford has banned “unhealthy” foods such as sausage rolls in pupils’ lunchboxes – a move which has divided opinion among parents. So just what can your child eat at school, whether in a packed lunch or for a school dinner? Packed lunches It’s …

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Belle Gibson: Wellness blogger fined for fake cancer tale

Image copyright 9 News / 60 Minutes Image caption Belle Gibson falsely claimed alternative therapies helped her beat cancer after conventional medicine failed An Australian wellness blogger who falsely claimed to have cancer has been fined A$410,000 (£240,000, $322,000) for misleading her readers. Belle Gibson, 25, gained fame in Australia …

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'Chemical surgery' performed on human embryos

Image copyright Getty Images Precise “chemical surgery” has been performed on human embryos to remove disease in a world first, Chinese researchers have told the BBC. The team at Sun Yat-sen University used a technique called base editing to correct a single error out of the three billion “letters” of …

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Catch 22

Image copyright PA A Canadian man is challenging a long-standing rule that alcoholics must be sober six months before being put on the liver transplant list. But as his court date approaches, is Cary Gallant running out of time? Cary Gallant has not touched a drop since 8 July, 2017, …

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Scleroderma

Image caption Jay Virdee says her life is a daily struggle because of scleroderma Former school teacher Jay Virdee has been diagnosed with a rare and incurable degenerative disease which is slowly turning her skin rock hard. The condition has encroached on every aspect of her life, and doctors have …

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