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Booze calculator

How does your drinking measure up to the average in countries around the world? Find out below if you are similar to a boozy Belarusian or a teetotal Kuwaiti. You drink most like you’re from (but this is not a very good match) Not a drinker?Most people from Kuwait also abstain How apt! You Litres […]

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Is England a healthy nation?

The annual Health Survey for England has been published. The poll of 10,000 people is essentially the stock-take of the nation’s health, measuring everything from exercise habits to happiness. So what does it tell us about the health and wellbeing of people in England? 1. Obsessed with weight, but with good reason Nearly half of […]

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Cold weather and loneliness 'lethal in winter'

Image copyright shapecharge The combination of cold weather and loneliness could be lethal in the coming months, England’s most senior nurse is warning. Prof Jane Cummings, NHS England’s chief nursing officer, said cases of strokes and heart attacks tended to rise after a cold snap. She said that, and the growing problem of loneliness, were […]

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Wearing a stoma

Image copyright Natalie Toper Image caption Learning to live with a hidden disability has been challenging for Natalie but she’s determined to make the most of life Imagine being told that you have a life-threatening illness. Imagine having to relearn how to carry out previously straightforward tasks such as using a public toilet. Imagine not […]

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Heat-not-burn tobacco 'is a health risk'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The health risks are lower than smoking cigarettes “Heat-not-burn” tobacco products are harmful to health even though they are safer than regular cigarettes, say UK experts. The advisory panel to the government said the devices produce “a number of compounds of concern”, including some that can cause cancer. Manufacturers […]

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HIV positive man unable to become a commercial pilot

Image copyright Getty Images Campaigners are calling for a change in regulations after a Glasgow man was unable to become a commercial airline pilot because he is HIV positive. The man, who wants to remain anonymous, had been offered a place on an airline’s training programme. But the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) refused him the […]

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Physical assaults on ambulance staff at five-year high

Image caption Ambulance staff have been verbally abused on 19 occasions The number of physical assaults on paramedics in Northern Ireland’s north west is at a five-year high, according to ambulance service figures. There have been 21 physical attacks on Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) staff in the Western Trust area since the start of […]

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Trial set for woman accused of mistreating patients

Image caption A prosecuting lawyer told Antrim Magistrates Court on Tuesday the contest ‘could take some considerable time’ A 29-year-old woman is to go on trial in the New Year charged with the ill-treatment of three mental health patients in a residential care home. Tracey Balantine, from the Garden Village, Antrim, faces six counts of […]

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Diabetes nightmare: A hypoglycemic attack on air

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlex Ritson in the radio studio When BBC World Service presenter Alex Ritson’s nightmare became a reality, he was glad his team recognised he was having a hypoglycemic attack as a result of his diabetes. Here he explains how you could help if one of your friends […]