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‘Mad cow disease’: What is BSE?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The first case of BSE in Scotland in a decade has been confirmed after a cow died. In total, there have been 16 cases in the UK in the past seven years - but that's a far cry from the thousands of cattle infected at the height of the BSE crisis back in the 1980s and 1990s.So what is it, what happened - and what's
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Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area

[ad_1] The NHS is under severe pressure. Rising numbers of patients need hospital care - whether in an accident and emergency department, for cancer treatment or for planned operations and care, such as knee and hip replacements. Growing numbers of people are also reporting they are struggling with their mental health.For each there are strict targets local services are expected to meet across the UK. But what are the chances
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My cheating boyfriend gave me HIV – here’s how I got justice

[ad_1] Image copyright Diane Reeve Diane Reeve didn't expect to find love again after her 18-year-long marriage fell apart. But in 2002, at the age of 50, she did. It turned out, though, that her new partner, Philippe Padieu, was sleeping around - and had given her HIV.I'd kind of given up on love, but then a couple of people convinced me I was too young to do that and
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Food allergies: What a severe reaction feels like

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A salad nearly killed my brother. It was the mid-1990s. The incident involved a self-service counter and one bowl that contained hidden nuts. Adam was 10 years old. I was older, but still at school. I remember the nurse coming into my classroom to say he had been taken to hospital and I should make my own way home. My dad phoned me when I
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Length of ring and index fingers ‘linked to sexuality’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Have you looked at the length of your index and ring fingers? Women whose left index and ring fingers are different lengths are more likely to be lesbians, a study suggests.Scientists measured the fingers of 18 pairs of female identical twins, where one was straight and the other gay.On average, the lesbians, but not the straight twins, had different sized index and ring
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I woke up unable to speak English

[ad_1] Hannah Jenkins speaks English in the morning and German in the afternoon. It's not a routine she chose to adopt - but something her brain requires her to do. It all started with a cycling accident. Her partner Andrew Wilde was halfway up a mountain in the US state of Montana when he received a baffling text from Hannah.He understood only two words - "dog" and "hospital" - but
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Why my bones are crumbling at 27

[ad_1] Image copyright Muhammad Eido Lizzie Porter lived with anorexia throughout her teens. Now in her late 20s, she's been discovering that those years of starvation have left a lasting imprint on her body."You have osteoporosis in your spine and osteopenia in your hip. I'm going to put you on calcium and vitamin D and I think you should take them forever. We need to prevent breaks and fractures."It is
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What works for treating children’s colds?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Children get six to eight colds a year - twice as many as adults - but there's little evidence on what helps improve symptoms like blocked or runny noses and sneezing.So are there remedies worth trying?Pharmacies and supermarkets are full of cough and cold medicines which claim to relieve symptoms of the common cold.But there is little evidence that many of them work, according to
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Reality Check: Is Scottish A&E outperforming England?

[ad_1] The claim: Scottish NHS accident and emergency departments have performed better than English ones for the last three and a half years.Reality Check verdict: A higher proportion of patients has indeed been admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours in Scotland than in England for the last three and a half years. Scottish A&E departments have still been missing their 95% target in this area for more than a
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How can you get enough iron from your diet?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Red meat, green veg, nuts and seeds are all good dietary sources of iron Do you often feel tired, short of breath or can you feel you heart beating away inside your chest? Have your friends commented that you look unusually pale? If so, you may have iron-deficiency anaemia, the world's most common nutritional disorder.In the UK, it is particularly common among young