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    Carter Cookson: Baby who needed new heart dies

    Carter Cookson: Baby who needed new heart dies


    His parents, who lost their first son in 2013, say Carter Cookson has "gained his angel...

    His parents, who lost their first son in 2013, say Carter Cookson has "gained his angel wings".
    Two dead after pigeon dropping infection at hospital

    Two dead after pigeon dropping infection at hospital


    An investigation is under way after patients contracted a fungal infection associated with pigeon...

    An investigation is under way after patients contracted a fungal infection associated with pigeon droppings.
    Differences in GP access across England 'shocking'

    Differences in GP access across England 'shocking'


    A BBC analysis suggests there is a shocking variation in access to GPs across England, doctors' leaders...

    A BBC analysis suggests there is a shocking variation in access to GPs across England, doctors' leaders say.
    'Why I wanted a tattoo on my mastectomy scar'

    'Why I wanted a tattoo on my mastectomy scar'


    Kris Hallenga was diagnosed with terminal cancer, but beat the odds. Her scar is part of her body...

    Kris Hallenga was diagnosed with terminal cancer, but beat the odds. Her scar is part of her body art.
    IVF couple have triplets after sex mistake

    IVF couple have triplets after sex mistake


    Betty Bienias said she was shocked to find out she was expecting triplets - two of which had been conceived...

    Betty Bienias said she was shocked to find out she was expecting triplets - two of which had been conceived naturally.
    Carter Cookson 'has hours to find new heart'

    Carter Cookson 'has hours to find new heart'


    Doctors say Carter Cookson, who is on life support, needs an organ transplant as soon as...

    Doctors say Carter Cookson, who is on life support, needs an organ transplant as soon as possible.
    The Arab country turning to 'female Viagra'

    The Arab country turning to 'female Viagra'


    Egypt is the first Arab country to authorise the sale of flibanserin - but how well is it going...

    Egypt is the first Arab country to authorise the sale of flibanserin - but how well is it going down?
    'My son's severe asthma is very distressing'

    'My son's severe asthma is very distressing'


    Every three seconds in the UK, someone has an asthma attack which could be life-threatening, a charity...

    Every three seconds in the UK, someone has an asthma attack which could be life-threatening, a charity says.
    Haemochromatosis 'bigger threat than we thought'

    Haemochromatosis 'bigger threat than we thought'


    Genetic disorder Haemochromatosis can cause liver failure, diabetes and severe arthritis if...

    Genetic disorder Haemochromatosis can cause liver failure, diabetes and severe arthritis if untreated.
    'I wanted a black belt at the age of 75'

    'I wanted a black belt at the age of 75'


    This group of high kicking, power-punching pensioners prove "it's never too late to...

    This group of high kicking, power-punching pensioners prove "it's never too late to learn".
    World's coffee under threat, say experts

    World's coffee under threat, say experts


    Of 124 coffees in the world, we only drink two, but we need to protect all of them, say...

    Of 124 coffees in the world, we only drink two, but we need to protect all of them, say scientists.
    Footballers in new concussion study

    Footballers in new concussion study


    Premier League footballers are taking part in a "ground-breaking" new concussion study this season that could lead to pitch-side...

    Premier League footballers are taking part in a "ground-breaking" new concussion study this season that could lead to pitch-side diagnosis.
    'I’m just ill – respect me for who I am'

    'I’m just ill – respect me for who I am'


    An Edinburgh student is urging people to be more mindful when they interact with people with...

    An Edinburgh student is urging people to be more mindful when they interact with people with disabilities.
    Liver transplant 'game changing' treatment approved

    Liver transplant 'game changing' treatment approved


    It's hoped perfusion machines that "warm livers" will increase the number of viable donated...

    It's hoped perfusion machines that "warm livers" will increase the number of viable donated organs.
    The ultrasound scan you can do yourself

    The ultrasound scan you can do yourself


    A US company has produced an ultrasound scanner that plugs into an iPhone and costs $2,000...

    A US company has produced an ultrasound scanner that plugs into an iPhone and costs $2,000 (£1,555).
    Contact lens recycling scheme launched across UK

    Contact lens recycling scheme launched across UK


    The programme will give contact lens wearers the opportunity to recycle their lenses for...

    The programme will give contact lens wearers the opportunity to recycle their lenses for free.
    Breast cancer risk test 'game changer'

    Breast cancer risk test 'game changer'


    GPs would use the online calculator to tell women their risk of getting breast cancer, say...

    GPs would use the online calculator to tell women their risk of getting breast cancer, say scientists.
    What is the right age to lose your virginity?

    What is the right age to lose your virginity?


    More than a third of women and a quarter of men think they got it wrong, research...

    More than a third of women and a quarter of men think they got it wrong, research suggests.
    Student makes bucket list after cancer diagnosis

    Student makes bucket list after cancer diagnosis


    Laura Nuttall had just started university when a routine eye test discovered several brain...

    Laura Nuttall had just started university when a routine eye test discovered several brain tumours.
    Healthy eating: What is a correct food portion?

    Healthy eating: What is a correct food portion?


    British Nutrition Foundation launches new "handy" guide to stop people cooking and eating too...

    British Nutrition Foundation launches new "handy" guide to stop people cooking and eating too much.
    Are flexitarians half-hearted vegetarians?

    Are flexitarians half-hearted vegetarians?


    Can simply lowering meat consumption be considered a thing, or is it just "half-hearted"...

    Can simply lowering meat consumption be considered a thing, or is it just "half-hearted" vegetarianism?
    Tips on how to limit excessive screen time

    Tips on how to limit excessive screen time


    If screen use is disrupting sleep, exercise and concentration, what can parents...

    If screen use is disrupting sleep, exercise and concentration, what can parents do?
    Why did child screen advice not go further?

    Why did child screen advice not go further?


    Leading paediatricians have stopped short of setting time limits for screen use, but...

    Leading paediatricians have stopped short of setting time limits for screen use, but why?
    The breakthroughs that could save our lives

    The breakthroughs that could save our lives


    From reversing blindness and paralysis to new treatments for cancer and...

    From reversing blindness and paralysis to new treatments for cancer and infertility.
    Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area

    Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area


    Use our tracker to check whether your local services are meeting waiting-time targets for cancer, routine operations, A&E and mental health...

    Use our tracker to check whether your local services are meeting waiting-time targets for cancer, routine operations, A&E and mental health treatment.