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‘I broke every bone in my face – and survived’

Image copyright Tom Locke Image caption Tom Locke spent three weeks in hospital NHS reorganisations are not very popular – but Tom Locke probably owes his life to one. The 41-year-old was inspecting pigeon nests on his roof at home in Hythe on the Kent coast last October when disaster struck. He fell from his […]

Child passive smoking ‘increases chronic lung risk’

Image copyright Getty Images Non-smoking adults have a higher risk of dying from serious lung disease if they grew up with parents who smoked, according to US research. The researchers said childhood passive smoking was “likely to add seven deaths to every 100,000 non-smoking adults dying annually”. The study of 70,900 non-smoking men and women […]

Child passive smoking ‘increases chronic lung risk’

Image copyright Getty Images Non-smoking adults have a higher risk of dying from serious lung disease if they grew up with parents who smoked, according to US research. The researchers said childhood passive smoking was “likely to add seven deaths to every 100,000 non-smoking adults dying annually”. The study of 70,900 non-smoking men and women […]

How the humble cabbage can stop cancers

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have discovered why some vegetables – including cabbage, broccoli and kale – can reduce the risk of bowel cancers. That cruciferous veg is good for the gut has never been in doubt but a detailed explanation has been elusive. The team at the Francis Crick Institute found anti-cancer […]

Babies in prams ‘exposed to more pollution’

Image copyright Getty Images Babies and young children in prams can be exposed to up to 60% more pollution than adults, a study suggests. Experts said infants were exposed to dirtier air in prams because they were lower to the ground and closer to exhaust pipes. They are also more at risk from the health […]

The radio ‘saved my little girl’s life’

Image copyright DMI Image caption Marieta was just one when she fell into a coma with severe malaria When Marieta was just a year old she developed a high fever and became really unwell. Her family thought she had fallen under a curse that in parts of rural Burkina Faso is believed to happen when […]

Postpartum psychosis: Adele spotted her friend’s illness

Image copyright Getty Images Adele’s best friend says the singer was the first one to spot her postpartum psychosis. Laura Dockrill gave birth to a baby boy, who is Adele’s godson, in February this year. “She recognised it in me, I was on the phone FaceTiming her and she was the first one to detect […]

Bowel cancer screening to start earlier at age 50 in England

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK Bowel cancer screening in England is to start earlier, at age 50, Public Health England has announced. It said evidence showed that screening people at a younger age would allow more bowel cancers to be picked up at […]

The unpleasant reason men navigate better than women

Media captionThe video game that’s actually dementia research Men are better at navigating than women, according to a massive study, but there’s not much for men to be proud about. Scientists at University College London say the difference has more to do with discrimination and unequal opportunities than any innate ability. The findings come from […]

How smallpox claimed its final victim

Image copyright Other Image caption Janet Parker worked as a photographer at Birmingham Medical School Warning – this story contains graphic images. In the summer of 1978, the last known case of smallpox was reported, claiming the life of 40-year-old medical photographer Janet Parker. But how did the disease, thought to have been eradicated across […]

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