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Opioids: Why 'dangerous' drugs are still being used to treat pain

Image copyright Getty Images The widespread use of opioids to treat pain frequently prompts concerns about addiction and even deaths. So, why are these sometimes dangerous drugs still being given to patients? Much stronger than many of the other options, opioids are among the world’s most commonly prescribed painkillers. These drugs – including morphine, tramadol […]

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Low NHS morale is 'heartbreaking' says Matt Hancock

Image copyright Getty Images Seeing how NHS staff feel “undervalued” is “heartbreaking”, the new Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said. In his first speech since taking the job, Mr Hancock said he was horrified at the level of bullying reported by staff. The British Medical Association welcomed the sentiment but said it needed to be […]

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Model: 'My Brazilian butt lift gave me septicaemia'

A model who travelled to Turkey for a “Brazilian butt lift” has told 5 live that she “could have lost her leg” after the surgery went wrong. 21-year-old Darcie Russell hoped the procedure would help her in the competitive modelling industry, but was rushed into hospital after noticing her hip was red and inflamed. This […]

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IVF: NHS couples 'face social rationing'

Image copyright PHANIE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The parents of the world’s first IVF baby – born 40 years ago next week – would not have got the procedure on the NHS in most of England today because of “social rationing”, a charity has said. NHS IVF is unavailable to couples in many areas if either of […]

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Complementary cancer therapies linked to reduced survival

Image copyright Getty Images Cancer patients who use complementary therapies may be more likely to shun conventional treatments and risk their chances of survival, research suggests. A study of 1,290 patients in the US found people who received such therapies often refused life-saving care such as chemotherapy or surgery. Fewer of them survived five years […]