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Breast cancer warning after man’s diagnosis

When you think of breast cancer, you think of a form of cancer that affects only women. It doesn't. While breast cancer in men is rare it's still an issue. Ian Cranston, 70, was diagnosed with breast cancer in May. Two weeks later he had a mastectomy. The Portadown...

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Your brain on music

Why do the songs we loved in our late teens and early 20s trigger such powerful memories? The power of music to prompt feelings, memories and even physical responses has led to it being used more and more in cognitive therapy.​  During our teens and early 20s, a...

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Protection against shingles with a free vaccine

People in their 70s in Thames Valley are being urged to protect themselves against shingles with a free vaccine. Local GP practices are offering patients the free vaccination as part of the NHS shingles immunisation campaign for 2017/18. By the end of June 2017, only...

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Winter flu warnings: Should I worry?

NHS bosses are warning we should be braced for a bad flu season. They cite the experience of Australia and New Zealand, which have just gone through their winters. What happens there, they say, tends to be a good pointer to how flu spreads in the UK. How bad has it...

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Intermediate care including reablement

Intermediate care: support to get your independence back When people have been ill or in hospital they may need support for a short time to help them recover and get their independence back. This support is called intermediate care (or ‘reablement’). Intermediate care...

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Living independently with muscular dystrophy

This guest blog is written by Rose Lawy, and tells a bit about how her disability first appeared, how it has developed – and how she goes about maintaining her independence. For me, as someone with muscular dystrophy, a degenerative muscle-wasting disease, living...

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Type 2 diabetes plan targets those at high risk

People with the very highest risk of developing type 2 diabetes are being prioritised for places on NHS lifestyle change programmes. Updated guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said this would cover 1.7m people in England. The...

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Coming out of hospital

Deciding to care or continue caring for someone who is coming out of hospital and who can no longer care for themselves in the same way as before can be very difficult. If the person you care for is in hospital you may be faced with important decisions. You may be...

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Trial raises Parkinson’s therapy hope

Scientists have restored nerve cells destroyed by a condition similar to Parkinson's disease, in monkeys. The Japanese team hope their work could lead to stem cell trials in human patients before the end of 2018. Parkinson's disease causes the progressive loss of...

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‘Fat but fit’ still risk heart disease

People who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of heart disease even if they appear medically healthy, experts are warning. The work, in the European Heart Journal, is further evidence against the idea people can be "fat but fit". The...

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First hints Parkinson’s can be stopped

It may be possible to stop the progression of Parkinson's disease with a drug normally used in type 2 diabetes, a clinical trial suggests. Current drugs help manage the symptoms, but do not prevent brain cells dying. The trial on 62 patients, published in the Lancet,...

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