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Free IVF no longer offered in county where it all began

Free IVF no longer offered in county where it all began

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption IVF will no longer be available free on the NHS in Cambridgeshire Free fertility treatment on the NHS is to be scrapped in the county where the procedure was pioneered 40 years ago. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area has become the third place in the UK to withdraw […]

‘We couldn’t see an NHS dentist so we pulled out our own teeth’

‘We couldn’t see an NHS dentist so we pulled out our own teeth’

Media captionNick Oldroyd and Rebecca Brearey say no local NHS dentists would treat them A couple in need of dental care say they had to pull out their own teeth because no NHS dentist will treat them. A BBC News analysis of 2,500 dental practices on the NHS Choices website found half were not accepting […]

Questions raised about prominent FGM campaigner

Questions raised about prominent FGM campaigner

A BBC Newsnight investigation has revealed a series of concerns about some aspects of the work of a celebrated FGM campaigner. Comfort Momoh established one of the UK’s first FGM clinics and has recently retired as a midwife from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust in London. She has also received an MBE for her work […]

Zika virus used to treat aggressive brain cancer

Zika virus used to treat aggressive brain cancer

Image copyright Getty Images A harmful virus that can cause devastating brain damage in babies could offer up a surprising new treatment for adult brain cancer, according to US scientists. Until now, Zika has been seen only as a global health threat – not a remedy. But latest research shows the virus can selectively infect […]

Families left devastated by false claims of FGM in girls

Families left devastated by false claims of FGM in girls

Some children in the UK have spent months on child protection plans – or in foster care – on the false suspicion they are victims of female genital mutilation, a BBC report has found. The BBC understands that it can take months for children to be examined in cases where FGM is suspected. Children can […]

‘I was told I’d be fired because of migraines’

‘I was told I’d be fired because of migraines’

Image copyright Fiona McKenzie Image caption Fiona McKenzie was made to feel she was “making a fuss over nothing” when she had migraines Many employers do not understand the terrible effects of migraines and could do more to support staff with the condition, three UK charities say. With one in seven people affected, their research […]

Royal baby: Duchess suffers severe morning sickness again

Royal baby: Duchess suffers severe morning sickness again

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Duchess of Cambridge with her daughter, Princess Charlotte In her past two pregnancies, the Duchess of Cambridge suffered from extreme morning sickness, known as hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). It appears that she is having a tough time with it again, now she is expecting her third child. HG is […]

Tenth of men aged 50 ‘have heart age 10 years older’

Tenth of men aged 50 ‘have heart age 10 years older’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In September alone, an estimated 7,400 people will die in England from heart disease or stroke One-tenth of 50-year-old men have a heart age 10 years older than they are, heightening their risk of a fatal heart attack or stroke, a study suggests. The Public Health England analysis is […]

New camera can see through human body

New camera can see through human body

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new camera works by detecting individual photons within the human body Scientists have developed a camera that can see through the human body. The device has been designed to help doctors track medical tools, known as endoscopes, during internal examinations. Until now, medics have had to rely on […]

Organ donors should let family know of intentions, says NHS

Organ donors should let family know of intentions, says NHS

Image copyright Richard Crease/NHSBT More than 450 relatives of organ donors declined permission to donate as they were unsure of their relatives’ wishes in 2016, figures have shown. NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) says families are reluctant to give their loved one’s organs to patients. Last year, 457 people died while on the active transplant […]