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46m Man, 35, discovers he has end-stage heart failure and now has mechanical heart keeping him alive
Daily Mail
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Doctors discovered that Jeremy Hunt, 35, of Spokane, Washington, was in end-stage heart failure after undergoing routine knee surgery.
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 Scientists create an electronic capsule that can wirelessly deliver drugs 2h Updated Scientists create an electronic capsule that can wirelessly deliver drugs
Daily Mail
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created the gadget, which they hope could be used to reduce surgical procedures and injections. It latches to the stomach for a month.
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Lack of evidence for teething gels, medicines regulator says4h Lack of evidence for teething gels, medicines regulator says
BBC
Parents are advised to massage their child's gums or use a teething ring before trying the gels.
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 Stop vaping Viagra: FDA urges Americans to avoid e-liquid that contains erectile dysfunction drugs 4h Stop vaping Viagra: FDA urges Americans to avoid e-liquid that contains erectile dysfunction drugs
Daily Mail
China-based HelloCig Electronic Tech Company is selling two e-liquids that contain erectile dysfunction drugs. The FDA is cracking down on them.
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 Teenage who suffered two strokes at just 12 is on track to compete at the 2024 Paralympic games 5h Updated Teenage who suffered two strokes at just 12 is on track to compete at the 2024 Paralympic games
Daily Mail
Rafi Solaiman, now 18, of Worksop, Nottinghamshire, ranks third in the world in race running and hopes to represent team GB if the sport is added to the 2024 Paralympics in Paris.
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 Older people are 50% more likely to visit A&E if they live alone than if they live with someone else 6h Updated Older people are 50% more likely to visit A&E if they live alone than if they live with someone else
Daily Mail
Pensioners living alone have more long-term conditions, a report has said. Tackling loneliness, at the root of the problem, will relieve pressure health services, the Health Foundation in the UK said.
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 Crowded underground stations and carriages are the perfect breeding ground for flu-like illnesses 6h Updated Crowded underground stations and carriages are the perfect breeding ground for flu-like illnesses
Daily Mail
Residents of Islington, who often change lines at King's Cross St Pancras, have rates of flu nearly three times higher than commuters from Kensington, who mostly take direct trains.
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 The pensioner addicted to penis fillers 6h Updated The pensioner addicted to penis fillers
Daily Mail
Eric Bell, from Keighley in West Yorkshire, said having the penis enlargements has boosted his confidence and improved his dating life, saying 'women say they love my large penis'.
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 Nursery worker suffers permanent brain freeze after the vital organ slipped into her spinal cord   6h Updated Nursery worker suffers permanent brain freeze after the vital organ slipped into her spinal cord  
Daily Mail
Alison Stiles Johnson, 44, of Newcastle, was diagnosed with chiari malformation in December 2016 after initially dismissing her crippling headaches as a side effect of the flu jab.
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Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area7h Updated Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area
BBC
Use our tracker to check whether your local services are meeting waiting-time targets for cancer, routine operations, A&E and mental health treatment.
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7h Gender stereotyped toys must be stopped, says women's rights charity
The Independent
'Christmas shopping for children comes with a host of gifts promoting harmful stereotypes'
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 Patients spend a record £1BILLION on private operations 8h Patients spend a record £1BILLION on private operations
Daily Mail
There are more than four million people on waiting lists for NHS treatment in England and national waiting time targets haven't been met for at least two years.
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 Restaurants and pub chains are as bad or worse than fast food places 9h Restaurants and pub chains are as bad or worse than fast food places
Daily Mail
Research has shown that 26 UK restaurant chains have average higher calorie counts than Public Health England recommends. KFC and McDonald's were found to have lower meal counts.
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 Want to be happy in your 70s? Have sex once a fortnight, researchers say 10h Want to be happy in your 70s? Have sex once a fortnight, researchers say
Daily Mail
Older people's wellbeing was assessed compared to their activity in the bedroom. Women prefer kissing and touching, and men enjoy sex twice a month, the English study of 7,000 people found.
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Halo brace boy from Long Stratton puts on brave face12h Halo brace boy from Long Stratton puts on brave face
BBC
A mother from Norfolk has said how scared her family was when doctors said her son needed a halo brace
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 A glass of red wine a day really does keep the doctor away Harvard study reveals 15h A glass of red wine a day really does keep the doctor away Harvard study reveals
Daily Mail
A Harvard University study has found that a small glass of wine (125ml) a day lowered the chance of needing medical treatment compared with heavier boozers or those that abstain.
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 Later school times prove a success in Seattle: Kids are getting more sleep and higher grades 16h Updated Later school times prove a success in Seattle: Kids are getting more sleep and higher grades
Daily Mail
The Seattle School District pushed back high school and middle school start times in 2017 from 7.50am to 8.45am. Students had fewer instances of late arrival and had an increase in grades.
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 NHS admits 3,500 MORE women were not sent smear test invites and results 17h NHS admits 3,500 MORE women were not sent smear test invites and results
Daily Mail
The NHS has revealed thousands more women were caught up in England's cervical cancer screening scandal than was originally thought, reigniting calls for Capita's contract to be ended.
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Organ donors to be asked if they are religious18h Organ donors to be asked if they are religious
BBC
It is hoped the measure can boost the low proportion of donors from black and Asian backgrounds.
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 Hawaii is named the healthiest state in America and Louisiana is the worst 18h Updated Hawaii is named the healthiest state in America and Louisiana is the worst
Daily Mail
A new report from the United Health Foundation has found that America's obesity rate has reached its highest level ever, increasing five percent in 2018 from the previous year.
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 Apple hires 50 doctors and sets its sights on serious diseases 19h Updated Apple hires 50 doctors and sets its sights on serious diseases
Daily Mail
The move to step up its approach internally could ingratiate some of its fiercest skeptics: the medical field. Apple has also hired specialists to work on apps for patients post-surgery.
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 Warning to those who live in the countryside: Rural dwellers are less likely to survive cancer 20h Warning to those who live in the countryside: Rural dwellers are less likely to survive cancer
Daily Mail
Aberdeen University scientists reviewed 39 studies carried out around the world to assess the impact of where a person lives on their cancer prognosis.
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 Fentanyl is now officially the deadliest drug in America, CDC declares 20h Fentanyl is now officially the deadliest drug in America, CDC declares
Daily Mail
New data released by the CDC show that between 2013 and 2016, overdoses from the drug - which can be 100 times stronger than heroin - rose 113 percent a year.
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 Trainee doctors at top US hospitals do NOT get doctor-recommended paid leave, report reveals 22h Trainee doctors at top US hospitals do NOT get doctor-recommended paid leave, report reveals
Daily Mail
Only eight of the hospitals affiliated with America's top 12 medical schools have paid family or child leave for trainee doctors, but all of the schools have leave policies for faculty physicians, the study said.
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 Packaging at healthy supermarket Whole Foods in US contains chemicals which cause cancer 22h Updated Packaging at healthy supermarket Whole Foods in US contains chemicals which cause cancer
Daily Mail
Packaging in five major US grocery stores were tested for PFAS chemicals by environmental watchdogs. Two-thirds of takeout containers used for hot food and salad tested positive.
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 The global map of dementia: Scientists reveal the memory-robbing disorder has skyrocketed by 117% 22h Updated The global map of dementia: Scientists reveal the memory-robbing disorder has skyrocketed by 117%
Daily Mail
Scientists from the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow warn dementia rates may double from 43.8million in 2016 to 100million by 2050.
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 Stress could be spotted by looking at your EYES 25h Updated Stress could be spotted by looking at your EYES
Daily Mail
Researchers from the University of Missouri, Columbia, found that the size of our pupils changes erratically when we are forced to multitask and faced with unexpected changes.
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 More effective than condoms? Couples test new birth control gel 26h Updated More effective than condoms? Couples test new birth control gel
Daily Mail
'The potential of this new gel is huge,' said Dr William Bremner, professor of medicine at the University of Washington's School of Medicine.
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 Women in Camden have the longest lives of anyone in the UK 26h Updated Women in Camden have the longest lives of anyone in the UK
Daily Mail
A report released today by the Office for National Statistics has revealed people in the UK live 81.5 years, on average, and their lives become shorter the further north they live, being worst in Scotland.
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Temporary clinical waste measures put in place27h Updated Temporary clinical waste measures put in place
BBC
Temporary storage is being put in place at sites across Scotland to prevent a potential backlog.
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 Find out why 20,000 have joined our Helpforce NHS volunteer campaign 27h Updated Find out why 20,000 have joined our Helpforce NHS volunteer campaign
Daily Mail
As we reported yesterday, the number of readers who’ve signed up has hit 20,000 in just over a week — they’ve pledged an extraordinary 1.1 million hours. Here's one woman's inspiring story.
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32h Instagram is clamping down on hashtags referencing eating disorders
The Independent
'We do not tolerate content that encourages eating disorders', an Instagram spokesperson said
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 Number of abortions in the UK rises to a 10-year high= 32h Updated Number of abortions in the UK rises to a 10-year high=
Daily Mail
Figures from the Department of Health and Social Care revealed that 197,533 abortions were carried out in England and Wales in 2017, the highest level since 2007.
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34h LGBT+ youth four times more likely to self-harm than heterosexual peers
The Independent
Scientists believe that more role models are needed for sexual-minority youth
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11 Dec 8:31pm LGBT+ young people more likely to experience depression symptoms from age of 10
The Independent
Scientists believe that more role models are needed for sexual-minority youth
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 Does this boy look overweight to you? Mother is told her four-year-old son is dangerously heavy 11 Dec 7:49pm Updated Does this boy look overweight to you? Mother is told her four-year-old son is dangerously heavy
Daily Mail
Mica Pullen's four-year-old son Harley Gardner, of Preston, Lancashire, was weighed at school as part of the NHS National Child Measurement Programme. She was then sent a letter saying he is overweight.
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Royal Cornwall Hospital on Opel 4 highest alert for 134 days 11 Dec 7:13pm Royal Cornwall Hospital on Opel 4 highest alert for 134 days
BBC
A woman's hysterectomy was postponed four times at a hospital experiencing extreme pressures.
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