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UK suicide rate shows largest drop for 20 years

Image copyright Getty Images Suicide rates in the UK have seen the largest decrease in 20 years, official figures reveal. There were 3.6% fewer suicides registered in 2016 than in 2015 – a decrease by 223 deaths from 6,188, Office for National Statistics data shows. Rates fell for both men and women, although men still […]

Depression: ‘I kept my head down to survive the day at work’

Image copyright Time to Change Image caption Natalie says colleagues often don’t know what to say “I’d sit at my desk and not be able to stop the tears rolling down my face. “A few people said, ‘Are you all right, do you need to be here?’ but no-one was really that interested.” For Natalie […]

Scientists sniff out Parkinson’s disease smell

Media captionJoy Milne can smell Parkinson’s disease before it is medically diagnosed Scientists are close to establishing what causes a smell associated with sufferers of Parkinson’s disease. They hope it could lead to the first diagnostic test for the disease. The breakthrough came after Joy Milne astonished doctors with her ability to detect the disease […]

Steroid abuse ‘raising health risk for thousands’

Tens of thousands of people may be at increased risk of dying early from heart attacks and strokes by misusing anabolic steroids, according to doctors. The British Cardiovascular Society gave the warning amid concern steroids are now being taken by hundreds of thousands of people. Public health experts say men in their teens and 20s […]

‘Water cremation’ plans on hold over environmental fears

Image copyright Google Image caption If plans go ahead, Rowley Regis crematorium would be the first to offer water cremation in the UK Plans for the UK’s first “water cremation” service are on hold amid concerns about “liquefied remains of the dead going into the water system”. Sandwell Council in the West Midlands has been […]

The family that doesn’t feel pain

Image copyright Letizia Marsili Image caption Letizia Marsili and five other members of her family rarely feel pain Letizia Marsili, 52, first realised she was different when she was very young. She had a high threshold for pain, which meant she didn’t feel burns or notice broken bones. Five other family members are also affected […]

The family that doesn’t feel pain

Image copyright Letizia Marsili Image caption Letizia Marsili and five other members of her family rarely feel pain Letizia Marsili, 52, first realised she was different when she was very young. She had a high threshold for pain, which meant she didn’t feel burns or notice broken bones. Five other family members are also affected […]

Parents giving children alcohol too young, researchers say

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some parents give their children alcohol from an early age Parents could be storing up problems for their children by introducing them to alcohol too young and ordering takeaways too often, researchers warn. Two universities found that one in six parents gives their children alcohol by the age of […]

Almost half of under-25s ‘never use a condom with a new partner’

Almost half of under-25s ‘never use a condom with a new partner’

A new campaign’s being launched by Public Health England to get more under-25s to use condoms to prevent sexually transmitted infections spreading. It’s the first government sexual health campaign in eight years. It comes as a survey carried out by PHE and YouGov revealed almost half of 16-24-year-olds have never used a condom with a […]

Haemophilia A trial results ‘mind-blowing’

Media captionFather-of-two Jake Omer was born with haemophilia A British doctors say they have achieved “mind-blowing” results in an attempt to rid people of haemophilia A. Patients are born with a genetic defect that means they do not produce a protein needed to stop bleeding. Thirteen patients given the gene therapy at Barts Health NHS […]

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