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A weight-loss pill has been hailed as a potential "holy grail" in the fight against obesity after a major study showed it did not increase the risk of serious heart problems. Researchers say lorcaserin is the first weight-loss drug to be deemed safe for heart health with long-term use, which…
Each year around 800,000 people across the world take their own lives, leading to a huge impact on family, the community and health professionals. Unfortunately it is not easy to identify those at risk of suicide. A large number of variables and complex interactions mean only a trained clinician can…
Sexual health chiefs from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) are urging people to play safe after a fivefold rise in diagnosed cases of syphilis across South West Wales. The proliferation of online dating sites and apps is believed to be one of the main reasons for the increase.…
People living in Scotland’s poorest areas have double the rate of illness or early death than those in the wealthiest parts, an NHS study has found. The new research highlights “stark inequalities” between the health of those living in the most and least deprived areas. In the poorest areas those…
A new online tool that could better predict the long-term risk of breast cancer returning in other areas of the body has been created. The prognostic tool, known as CTS5 (Clinical Treatment Score post-5-years), could be used to decide which patients are at high enough risk of their cancer returning…
The father of a 35-year-old man who took his own life less than 48 hours after nurses discharged him from hospital has pleaded for lessons to be learned about the care of people with mental health problems. Andrew Bellerby was taken to A&E at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital in July…
Teenagers who drink a lot of alcohol dramatically increase their risk of deadly prostate cancer later in life, research suggests. A study found that 15 to 19-year-olds who consumed at least seven drinks per week tripled their chances of being diagnosed with "high grade" aggressive prostate cancer. Lead scientist Dr…
Heart attacks and strokes are set to soar over the coming years as the diabetes epidemic sweeping the nation takes its toll, a charity has warned. The growing number of people with diabetes could trigger a 29% rise in the number of heart attacks and strokes linked to the condition…
A hospital trust has apologised after the wife of a Sky News presenter was sent a letter inviting her to a breast cancer screening weeks after she died from the disease. Colin Brazier shared on Twitter a letter addressed to his late wife, Jo, sent by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust.…
Health workers should help people with sexually transmitted infections notify their partners about their condition, according to new official guidance. Helping people diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections (STI) inform their partners may stem the spread of infection, according to a new draft quality standard by the National Institute for Health…
People at a higher risk during the flu season should be able to get their flu jab in the evenings and at weekends to encourage uptake of the vaccine, new guidance suggests. Suggestions on how to help increase vaccination rates includes those who offer free NHS flu jabs - such…
Women who have breastfed at least one child are less likely to suffer a stroke later in life, new research has shown. Other studies have found that breastfeeding may reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, and Type 2 diabetes. The latest finding emerged from data on more than…
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