Health

Nephew, 5, inspires hairdresser’s Spargoland ‘sensory’ salon

A hairdresser has told how his five-year-old nephew, who was born with cerebral palsy, inspired him to create a salon in Essex for people with different disabilities. Oscar, from Wickford, suffered brain damage at birth and needs full-time support and care. His uncle Ian Marshall, from Brentwood, Essex, decided to start Spargoland, a salon for people with autism, learning and …

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Asthma: Young people in the UK ‘more likely to die’

Image copyright Getty Images Young people in the UK are more likely to die from asthma than those in other wealthy countries, a report has found. Death rates for asthma in 10 to 24-year-olds was highest in the UK among all 14 European nations included in an analysis of 19 high-income countries. The UK also had the highest obesity rates …

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Shark DNA could help cure cancer and age-related illnesses in humans

Image copyright Getty Images Great white sharks may hold the secrets to curing cancer and other age-related diseases, experts believe. The first map of great whites sharks’ DNA has revealed “mutations” that protect the animals against cancer and other illnesses. Scientists hope more research could help apply the findings to treating age-related illnesses in humans. Great whites also have the …

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Sepsis: New rapid test ‘could save thousands of lives’

Image copyright University of Strathclyde Image caption A close-up of the test device A new rapid test for earlier diagnosis of sepsis has been developed by University of Strathclyde researchers, which they say could save thousands of lives. A microelectrode device analyses the patient’s blood, with results coming through in two-and-a-half minutes. Current diagnosis tests for sepsis can take up …

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Meet the women helping fill Russia’s rural healthcare gap

In vast, sprawling Russia, many people still live in small villages far from the nearest medical clinic. The government has been busy “optimising” medical care, a euphemism for the closure of thousands of rural hospitals and clinics, to save cash. The situation has got worse in recent years, so now one region has taken matters into its own hands. Dozens …

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What is it like to suffer a stroke at 25?

Dancer Emily Cane had everything she wanted from life. Then a heart defect caused a stroke when she was just 25. It meant she had to use a wheelchair for a year. Two years later she still has communication difficulties, but she hopes one day to dance again. There’s more on Inside Out South East on BBC One on 20 …

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Anorexia recovery: ‘I know the darkest of the darkest’

Lara Rebecca, 18, says she knows the “darkest of the darkest” after recovering from the eating disorder anorexia. Lara, from Cardiff, was dangerously thin at the age of 16, but has since returned to a healthy weight with the help of exercise and video blogging. One of her recovery videos has amassed seven million views in three weeks. If you …

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Brexit: Will Brits living in the EU still get healthcare?

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, reciprocal healthcare arrangements will not automatically survive. The UK is trying to reach agreements with EU governments to extend them. For emergency treatment on holiday, UK nationals can use their EHIC card if they fall ill in another EU country, but if there is a no-deal Brexit it will no longer …

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Vitiligo: Skin condition bought Kenyan friends closer together

Friends Julie Asuju and Wangui Njee talk about their experiences of living with Vitiligo, a long-term condition where pale white patches develop on the skin due to a lack of the pigment melanin. Vitiligo is a rare and misunderstood skin condition, and its sufferers are often stigmatized and isolated. But it has brought these two friends closer together, and helped …

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Parents of sick babies need more leave, charity says

Image copyright Submitted picture Image caption After Gabriel was born 15 weeks premature, his mum had to leave her job Two thirds of fathers of premature and sick babies are being forced to return to work while their child is in intensive care, a charity has said. Of 737 parents surveyed by the neonatal charity Bliss and BBC Radio 5 …

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