The Czech Republic has been strongly criticised by Europe's leading human rights body for continuing to surgically castrate male sex offenders.The Council of Europe said castrations had sometimes been performed without warnings of side effects and on men not capable of making an informed decision.Those requesting castration feared life in jail if they did not do so, it said.The Czech government s Read More »
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A baby boy has been born in California with 24 perfectly formed fingers and toes - six on each hand and foot.Being born with additional digits - or being a "polydactyl" - is not wholly uncommon, but it is unusual to see the condition on every extremity.The Bay Area hospital said staff did not notice the extra digits on ultrasound scans - and did not even spot it when Kamani Hubbard was born.It wa Read More »
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New evidence of a link between hormone replacement therapy and a raised risk of breast cancer has been put forward by US researchers.The New England Journal of Medicine research found breast cancer risk fell sharply when women stopped taking HRT.A UK expert said a 50% drop in HRT use in recent years had probably stopped up to 1,000 breast cancer cases a year.But another group of experts said the Read More »
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By Matt ColeNewsbeat reporterLaura quit smoking when she got pregnant the second timeShould pregnant smokers get more help to quitIf you've got pregnant but are still enjoying your cigarettes, you're probably going to find a lot of people disapproving.After all, it's been proved that smoking when pregnant can harm your baby in a number of ways.Many pregnant smokers however - 25%, according to a p Read More »
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Patients are being denied a life-saving X-ray treatment because of the way NHS funding works, the UK's most senior radiologist has said.Interventional radiology (IR) can be used in a range of procedures from "cooking" cancerous tumours to stemming blood loss in women after childbirth.But the head of the Royal College of Radiologists says many hospitals are unable to offer an adequate service.Prof Read More »
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The government is set to unveil ambitious new plans for "Memory Clinics" to spot and treat dementia.The clinics will be set up in every English town and doctors will get extra training to recognise early signs, the health secretary is expected to say.The government's five-year dementia strategy for England is in response to rising numbers of dementia sufferers.The condition affects some 700,000 p Read More »
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"Dementia isn't when you can't find your care keys. We all do that."It's when you're standing at the door with your keys in your hand and you don't know what they are there for."The idea that mental faculties can deteriorate with age has been recognised for centuries.Some researchers even believe that Shakespeare's King Lear was a study of dementia.But experts say the condition is the health and Read More »
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