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When you can (and can't) eat carbs for dinner

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pasta v toast – which can you have? It’s January, which means you may have stood on the scales and decided to go on a diet. But what sort? For many years, low-carb diets have been in fashion – based on the belief that eating lots of carbohydrates, particularly […]

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Why are so many nurses quitting the NHS?

Mary quit as a nurse after two years after experiencing stress and depression. She says she’s sad she can’t be a nurse in the NHS “without sacrificing my mental health”. Last year, 33,000 nurses in England left the NHS – more than 10% of the workforce. NHS bosses say they are working to improve staff […]

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Measles outbreak in five English regions

Image copyright SPL Image caption Unvaccinated young children are at highest risk of contracting measles Outbreaks of measles have been confirmed in five areas of England and now total more than 120 cases. Public Health England says the cases in West Yorkshire, Cheshire and Liverpool, West Midlands, Surrey and Greater Manchester are linked to ongoing […]

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Sneezing myths and facts

Image copyright George Marks/Getty Sneezing is an involuntary reflex that all humans have but we still understand relatively little about. Following on from the news that stifling a sneeze by clamping your nose and mouth shut can cause serious physical damage, we explore some sneezing facts – and myths. Weird things can make us sneeze […]

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Scottish NHS waiting times performance at new low

Image copyright Spl Image caption The recording of weekly waiting figures began three years ago The performance of Scotland’s A&E units in the first week of the year deteriorated, despite recording a record low at the end of 2017. The latest weekly figures showed 77.9% of patients were dealt with within the four-hour target time. […]

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Revolution in health and social care urged in Wales

Image copyright KatarzynaBialasiewicz/Thinkstock Image caption A long-term health and social care plan is expected to be published in the spring A “revolution” is urgently needed in the way health and social care is delivered in Wales says a major review. Without “significantly accelerated” change, services which are already not fit for the future, will further […]

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Man ruptures throat by stifling a sneeze

Image copyright Getty Images Stifling a sneeze by clamping your nose and mouth shut can cause serious physical damage, doctors are warning. The medics treated a 34-year-old man who ruptured his throat while trying to stop a high-force sneeze. With nowhere to escape, the pressure ripped through the soft tissue, and although rare and unusual, […]

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Employers urged to 'normalise' menopause in the workplace

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat’s the menopause really like? Employers need to do more to “normalise conversations” about the menopause in the workplace, say experts. The comments came after a BBC survey found 70% of respondents did not tell their bosses they were experiencing symptoms. Some firms have brought in menopause-specific […]