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'Being a teenage mother is so lonely'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionShannon says having Harvey, two, has given her life direction Teenage pregnancy rates in the UK have halved in the past eight years, but are still among the highest in Europe. New government guidelines are being released to help councils reduce the numbers further. Shannon was 14 […]

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Hospital operations for child teeth removal increase in England

Image copyright napatcha/Getty Dentists have accused the government of having a “short-sighted” approach to tooth decay in England after hospital operations to remove children’s teeth increased to nearly 43,000. There were 42,911 operations in 2016-17 – up from 40,800 the previous year and 36,833 in 2012-13, NHS figures show. The British Dental Association said England […]

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Personality issue

Image copyright Getty Images It is a medical disorder that cuts life expectancy by almost 20 years, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP), afflicts more people than cancer and costs the country around £11bn a year. But most of us know next to nothing about it. Some question whether the illness even exists. […]

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'UK should follow Wales' lead on organ donation'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEllie Lacey says she is now living life for her and her donor A woman who was hours from death waiting for a liver transplant wants other UK nations to follow Wales’ lead on presumed organ donation consent. Ellie Lacey, 31, was diagnosed with sudden and unexplained […]

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Cycling does not harm men's sexual health, study says

Image copyright Getty Images Cycling does not negatively affect men’s sexual health or urinary function, a study has found. Researchers compared cyclists with runners and swimmers and found their sexual and urinary health was comparable. The findings contrasted with previous studies that suggested cycling could negatively affect men’s sexual function, the study’s authors said. They […]

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The 3,000-mile trip for mental health

Jake Tyler says his epic expedition across Great Britain has helped tackle his mental health problems. The 31-year-old, from Brighton, has struggled with anxiety and depression since the age of 15 and said he had a “breakdown” in April 2016. Later that year he began his 3,000-mile trip on foot, visiting every national park on […]

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Flu cases: Surge in hospital admissions

Image copyright Getty Images Hospitals in England are now seeing very high rates of patients with flu, according to Public Health England figures. A sharp rise in cases seen by GPs in the past week – up 78% on the week before – suggests it could be the worst flu season for seven years. But […]

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MP calls for ban on high-caffeine energy drinks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJustin Bartholomew’s family are calling for energy drinks regulation An MP has called for a ban on high-caffeine energy drinks for under-16s, following the suicide of a 25-year-old constituent. Maria Caulfield raised the issue in Prime Minister’s Questions. She said Justin Bartholomew’s family were “convinced” his intake […]