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DNA tests for UK’s nuclear bomb veterans

Image caption Bob Fleming was just 24 when he witnessed one of the most powerful weapons on earth Decades ago they witnessed nuclear weapons tests in the South Pacific. Now some veterans hope new DNA testing will prove it was responsible for their subsequent ill health, which they say ruined their lives. “It was awe-inspiring, […]

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Top women doctors lose out in NHS pay stakes

Image copyright Getty Images Senior NHS female doctors are earning less than their male counterparts, a BBC investigation shows. Of the top 100 earning consultants in England, just five are women, despite more than a third of the workforce being female. The top-paid man earned nearly £740,000 – two-and-a-half times that of the top woman. […]

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Fathers may pass ovarian cancer risk to daughters

Image copyright Getty Images US scientists believe they have identified a new gene mutation that can raise the risk of ovarian cancer, and is passed from father to daughter. It is inherited through the X-chromosome and is independent of other known susceptibility genes that women can already be tested for. Experts say more studies are […]

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Taking control

Image copyright Getty Images / Sofie Hartley Sofie is 27 and has been suffering with endometriosis since she was a teenager. Now she’s told Newsbeat she wants a total hysterectomy – an operation to remove her womb – to help ease the symptoms of her condition. Lena Dunham – who’s suffered with endometriosis for years […]

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Organ donations rising across the UK

Image copyright NHS BLOOD AND TRANSPLANT A record 170 organ donations took place across the UK in January, resulting in more than 400 life-saving transplants. The rise in numbers comes as the NHS is running a public consultation into whether England should follow Wales and introduce an opt-out donation scheme. The online consultation has so […]

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Ultra-processed foods 'linked to cancer'

Image copyright wildpixel A link between highly processed foods and cancer has been suggested by French researchers. They classified foods including cakes, chicken nuggets and mass-produced bread as “ultra-processed”. A study of 105,000 people hinted the more of such foods people ate, the greater their risk of cancer. A lot of caution is being expressed […]

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'Xanax made my daughter an aggressive zombie'

A mum has told 5 live’s Sarah Brett how she had her daughter arrested after she became violent while under the influence of Xanax. Xanax, the brand name for alprazolam, is widely prescribed in the US to treat anxiety, but can only be obtained on private prescription in the UK. Read more: Teens ‘buying Xanax […]