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‘I was addicted to exercise’

When does something healthy, such as exercise, become an unhealthy obsession? And can apps make things worse? Sprinting around trees, fallen leaves crunching underfoot, Valerie Stephan looks focused and peaceful on her morning jog. “When I run, I feel like I’m achieving something,” the amateur athlete says. “I’m getting faster, stronger. It’s like a series […]

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NHS e-health systems ‘risk patient safety’

Image copyright Getty Images Hospitals across England are using 21 separate electronic systems to record patient health care – risking patient safety, researchers suggest. A team at Imperial College say the systems cannot “talk” to each other, making cross-referencing difficult and potentially leading to “errors”. Of 121 million patient interactions, there were 11 million where […]

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Measles deaths ‘staggering and tragic’

Image copyright Getty Images More than 140,000 people died from measles last year as the number of cases around the world surged once again, official estimates suggest. Most of the lives cut short were children aged under five. The situation has been described by health experts as staggering, an outrage, a tragedy and easily preventable […]

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Norovirus closes 1,100 hospital beds in England

Image copyright Getty Images Hospitals in England closed more than 1,100 beds in the past week because of the winter vomiting bug norovirus. NHS officials are urging people with the virus not to go to work and parents not to send children with it to school, until 48 hours after symptoms have gone. Those who […]

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Long waits ‘leave mental health patients in limbo’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhile waiting for therapy, Paul tried to take his own life Patients with mental health problems are being left in limbo on “hidden” waiting lists by England’s NHS talking therapy service, the BBC can reveal. The service – called Improving Access to Psychological Therapies – provides therapy, […]

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Seizures of illegal diazepam tablets double in a year

Image copyright Getty Images The number of illegal diazepam tablets seized entering the UK has more than doubled in a year, figures obtained by the Victoria Derbyshire programme show. Some 1.3 million were intercepted in the postal system by the UK’s Border Force in 2018, up from 545,000 in 2017. Doctors warn the authenticity of […]

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Typhoid vaccine ‘works fantastically well’

Image copyright Gates Archive/Samantha Reinders A new typhoid vaccine works “fantastically well” and is being used to help stop an almost untreatable strain of the infection, doctors say. Cases of the bacterial disease fell by more than 80% in trials, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Experts said the vaccine was a game-changer […]

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Once-a-month oral contraceptive pill in tests

Image copyright Getty Images Researchers have developed a once-a-month oral contraceptive pill that they say would offer women more choice and control over their fertility. Once swallowed, the pill remains in the stomach for weeks, slowly releasing hormones to prevent a pregnancy. It is specially designed to resist immediate attack by stomach acid. A US […]