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Athletes have poor teeth despite brushing

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Great Britain celebrate after winning the Women's Hockey final against the Netherlands in 2016 Elite athletes have bad teeth despite putting more effort into looking after them than other people, a study shows. UCL scientists interviewed 352 British athletes, including those preparing to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.It showed they were far more likely to brush twice a day
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West Lane Hospital in Middlesbrough to be closed

[ad_1] Image copyright Family photo Image caption Nadia Sharif was a "really bright girl", her family said A mental health unit for vulnerable young people where two girls died in two months is to close, a watchdog has said.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated Middlesbrough's West Lane Hospital as inadequate and said patients were at high risk of "avoidable harm".It followed the deaths of 17-year-old Christie Harnett in June, and
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Four-in-one pill prevents third of heart problems

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A daily pill containing four medicines can cut the number of heart attacks and strokes by a third, a study shows. The polypill contains blood-thinning aspirin, a cholesterol-lowering statin and two drugs to lower blood pressure. The researchers - in Iran and the UK - said the pill had a huge impact but cost just pennies a day.They suggest giving it to everyone over a
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Shrewsbury nurse describes tasting sewage in river swim

[ad_1] A nurse who swam 220 miles along the River Severn for charity has described the moment she realised she was swimming through sewage. Melissa Compton, 39, from Shrewsbury, was taken ill in Gloucester in June and was treated in hospital for a stomach bug. She believes the government should put more funding into cleaning up rivers and waterways. [ad_2] Source link
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‘Multiple medicines’ side-effect risk for over-65s

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Two million older people are risking side-effects from taking multiple medications, a charity has warned.Age UK says more than one in 10 over-65s in England take at least eight prescribed medications each week.While many are vital for those with complex conditions, the charity says one in five may be inappropriate.GPs said no-one should be taking unnecessary medicines but people should not stop taking their medication
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Fish oil pills ‘no benefit’ for type 2 diabetes

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images People with type 2 diabetes "should not be encouraged" to take omega-3 fish oil supplements, researchers from the University of East Anglia say. There had been some concerns omega-3 could be harmful for people with the condition.But while a BMJ review of more than 80 studies found no evidence of that, they also failed to find any benefit.Diabetes UK said it was better to get
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West Lane Hospital patients ‘at high risk of avoidable harm’

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption The mental health unit for children and adolescents is run by the Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust A mental health unit for young people where two patients died in two months has been rated inadequate.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found patients at West Lane hospital in Middlesbrough were not safe and at high risk of "avoidable harm".Inspectors found not all staff
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High blood pressure in mid-30s may pose risk to brain health

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People in their 30s are often juggling work and family demands People in their mid-30s need to watch their blood pressure to protect brain health in later life, says a study.It found the "window of opportunity" to safeguard brain health runs from then until the early-50s.Following 500 people born in 1946, it linked higher blood pressure in early mid-life to later blood vessel
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New drug for people who can bleed uncontrollably

[ad_1] Image copyright Christy Stephens Image caption Christy and her son Christopher Christopher Stephens has haemophilia A - his body lacks a protein that makes blood clot. A simple graze can mean the two-year-old bleeds uncontrollably.To avoid this he needs treatment every few days with a drug put into his bloodstream via a tube in his chest.But now, NHS England has agreed to fund a new therapy for patients like
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Kelliyah was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was 14 years old

[ad_1] Every two hours a woman dies of ovarian cancer in the UK. A majority of cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage which means the UK has one of the worst survival rates in the world. The disease normally affects women over the age of 50 but The Teenage Cancer Trust says it's becoming increasingly common in younger women and girls. The BBC's Community Affairs Correspondent, Adina Campbell, has