Clampdown planned for British online pharmacies

Image caption Debbie Headspeath bought codeine from online pharmacies New rules to keep people safe when buying medications from online pharmacies have been described as a “big step forward” by Britain’s pharmacy regulator. It comes after patients and relatives raised concerns, as well as an investigation by BBC Panorama. The General Pharmaceutical Council has issued […]

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Sleep myths ‘damaging your health’

Image copyright Getty Images Widely held myths about sleep are damaging our health and our mood, as well as shortening our lives, say researchers. A team at New York University trawled the internet to find the most common claims about a good night’s kip. Then, in a study published in the journal Sleep Health, they […]

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Spina bifida womb op baby back home in Essex

Image copyright Bethan Simpson Image caption Bethan Simpson said Elouise “came out literally kicking and screaming – and peeing all over the place – so she ticked all the boxes” A baby who had surgery on her spine while still in her mother’s womb is home with her family and “doing brilliantly”. Bethan Simpson, 26, […]

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Is it really worth injecting vitamins?

Image copyright Getty Images There is a growing trend for intravenous “vitamin” drips – but what are the risks? And do they even work? Last month, a 51-year-old woman from Hunan, China, nearly died after blending 20 different fruits to create a homemade intravenous (IV) drip. She thought vitamins from the fresh fruit would benefit […]

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Ebola outbreak ‘not global emergency yet’

Image copyright Getty Images The World Health Organization says the spread of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo is not yet a global health emergency. The Ebola outbreak is the second biggest in history – infecting 1,206 people and killing 764. It shows no sign of being contained soon. Efforts by healthcare workers have […]

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