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Doctor admits misleading over Ebola

Image copyright Megan Bramall A doctor has admitted she misled other medics about the health of a colleague returning to the UK from West Africa with Ebola in 2014. Dr Hannah Ryan told a disciplinary hearing she had been in a state of “disbelief, fear and panic” after finding out nurse Pauline Cafferkey had had […]

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Happiness report: Norway is the happiest place on Earth

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Happy Norwegian fans at an international football game in 2009 Norway is the happiest place on Earth, according to a United Nations agency report – toppling neighbour Denmark from the number one position. The World Happiness Report measures “subjective well-being” – how happy the people are, and why. Denmark, […]

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Mother and son in double organ donation plan

Image copyright Sarah Lamont Image caption Joe Lamont has spent his life in and out of hospital with a rare genetic disease known as autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease Everyone knows what it feels like to spend days waiting for an important call, but what if that call was the difference between life and death? […]

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Fast track

Image caption Diamo and his younger brother Lu’ay Diamo Parvez was born with cerebral palsy and died from complications when he was nine years old. During his life his parents were constantly struggling to get him the braces and splints he needed to support his body – and have channelled the pain of their loss […]

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Whistleblowers 'to be protected' if they apply for NHS job

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said staff who speak up should be listened to NHS whistleblowers could be protected against discrimination if they apply to work for the health service again. Government plans would give applicants a right to complain to an employment tribunal if they believed they had […]

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Skin creams containing paraffin linked to fire deaths

Image caption Sparks from Philip Hoe’s cigarette reacted with a cream he was covered in Skin creams containing paraffin have been linked to dozens of fire deaths across England, the BBC has learned. The products for conditions like eczema and psoriasis can leave people at risk of setting themselves ablaze. If people use the creams […]

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Restoring my femininity after cancer

A young mother-of-two who was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago says the damage to her hair left her feeling “unfeminine”. Kat Parker, from Plymouth, was 26 when she was diagnosed with the disease and had to have her breasts and ovaries removed. She has been clear of cancer for two years but her […]

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'Healthiest hearts in the world' found

Image copyright Michael Gurven The healthiest hearts in the world have been found in the Tsimane people in the forests of Bolivia, say researchers. Barely any Tsimane had signs of clogged up arteries – even well into old age – a study in the Lancet showed. “It’s an incredible population” with radically different diets and […]