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‘I gave birth, and got Hepatitis C’

Image caption Jackie describes the effects of having hepatitis C as “trauma after trauma” When Jackie Britton was given a blood transfusion after childbirth, she thought it was saving her life. But the infected blood could have killed her. There are thought to be thousands like her. They often feel overlooked in the wider NHS […]

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Changing the lives of people with dementia

Mujananita is very prominent in his Kenyan village. His wife, who is helping to dress him, says: “He has forgotten his way in the village where he has spent his entire life” and that he “can’t remember how to dress and hold a fork”. Until very recently, people in his village did not know what […]

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Why is IVF so popular in Denmark?

Image caption Pia Crone Christensen and daughter Sara, born from IVF and donor sperm Despite previous attempts to limit access to treatment, Denmark now has the biggest proportion of babies born through assisted reproductive technology (ART) in the world. Visit any park in Denmark and the chances are many of the children playing there were […]

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‘Don’t go cold turkey’ to quit smoking

Image copyright Getty Images Smokers looking to quit as part of the annual Stoptober campaign are being warned not to go “cold turkey”. Government health officials have said smokers stand a much greater chance of succeeding giving up by using official NHS support or turning to e-cigarettes. Research has shown only 4% of those who […]

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‘We’re in love but never have sex’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJacob and Charlotte: “We haven’t had sex in three years” Some 18% of respondents under the age of 30 have had sex fewer than 10 times in the past year, a survey of 2,000 people on websites Mumsnet and Gransnet has found. Among all ages, the figure […]

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‘We haven’t had sex in three years’

A survey of 2,000 Mumsnet and Gransnet users has found 29% have had sex fewer than 10 times in the past year. Jacob and Charlotte are in a loving relationship, but have not had sex in three years. Watch the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme on weekdays between 09:00 and 11:00 BST on BBC Two and […]

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Jelly treats for people with dementia

Lewis Hornby invented Jelly Drops, a hydrating treat for people with dementia, after his grandmother was hospitalised for dehydration. Dehydration is a serious problem for people with dementia as they often forget or don’t want to drink, and Lewis hopes his invention, which is 90% water, can help. Lewis has won several awards for his […]

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Bacteria disrupts Northern Ireland breast milk service

Image copyright ThinkstockImage caption Volunteers use breast pumps to express milk and donate supplies A service supplying donated breast milk to premature and seriously ill babies across Ireland has been suspended after bacteria was found in the water supply. The Human Milk Bank moved from Irvinestown to the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen in […]