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Mum urges parents to talk about suicide

Gabrielle Joseph was 16 when she took her own life. Her mother Julie Joseph, from Briton Ferry, Neath Port Talbot, said she “aches every day” for her daughter, who died seven years ago. She also called for more parents to speak more directly with their children about suicide. It comes as charities said more children […]

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'Ventilator cake' thank you for Papworth Hospital staff

Image copyright Papworth Hospital Image caption Showstopper: Zoe Doughty’s ‘ventilator cake’ A woman has thanked hospital staff who saved her life with a cake shaped like the ventilator that has kept her alive. Zoe Doughty was airlifted to Papworth Hospital near Cambridge as a 21-year-old student in 1992. The art student – who was born […]

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Contaminated blood report 'full of lies'

Image caption Carol Grayson’s husband, Peter, died after contracting hepatitis C and HIV from infected blood products Government officials have apologised for using a discredited report into the contaminated blood products scandal that left thousands of NHS patients infected with viruses including HIV. Despite assurances that the “inadequate” document would be ditched, a health minister […]

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Incompatible donor saves daughter's life

As a fire station master, Alex Hume knows more than most about saving lives. When his daughter Kayleigh fell seriously ill, he promised her he’d make sure she’d get better. Kayleigh, 25, has the genetic condition Alport syndrome, which can lead to kidney failure. Alex, 47, said: “It was late teens when we knew that […]

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Family ties

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA firefighter father saved his daughter’s life after undergoing a kidney transplant. As a fire station master, Alex Hume knows more than most about saving lives. When his daughter Kayleigh fell seriously ill, he promised her he’d make sure she’d get better. Kayleigh, 25, has the genetic […]

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Return of prescription charges considered

Image copyright Getty/Tom Merton Image caption An official briefing paper from the Department of Finance has laid out three scenarios as part of a budget-preparation exercise Bringing back prescription charges and means-testing domiciliary and day care services are among revenue-raising options suggested by the Department of Health. An official briefing paper from the Department of […]

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NHS workforce 'at crunch point'

Image copyright Getty Images The UK’s medical profession is at a “crunch point”, facing the prospect of too few doctors to treat rising numbers of patients, the regulator says. The General Medical Council says the supply of medics has failed to keep up with demand and warns against the over-reliance on overseas staff post-Brexit. The […]

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Herbal remedy 'may aid stroke recovery'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ginkgo biloba is one of the oldest living tree species A study has shown that the popular herbal extract ginkgo biloba may help the brain recover after a stroke. The herbal remedy, available in health food shops in the UK, is used in China to aid memory and fight […]