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  • Bumps, kicks and cravings: Your guide to pregnancy body changes across trimesters
    by roshni mahtani, Camille Eusebio on June 6, 2023 at 5:18 am

    During pregnancy, your body will undergo some amazing changes. Increased hormones will cause your breasts to swell, your uterus to expand even your skin to break out. You'll deal with crazy cravings at 5am (think ice cream and pickles) and feel "too big" even though it's just your body's way of adapting. Spoiler alert: It will all be worth it. In the meantime, we want to help you prepare by outlining changes to expect during each trimester of your pregnancy. Changes in your body during pregnancy: An overview Pregnancy is a moment of enormous change for women. Most of it is brought about by the rise in hormone levels, and also the "weight", physical and mental, of carrying another life in your body. According to Healthline, a pregnant woman's body undergoes normal physical changes. They can be obvious (like a bigger belly, or dark skin) or subtle (frequent urination, fatigue). Below is a list of the changes mums-to-be can anticipate for the next nine months: […]

  • Children's doctors call for ban on disposable vapes
    on June 6, 2023 at 12:36 am

    But others warn that could stop some adults giving up cigarettes, which are much more harmful. […]

  • Ghana patients in danger as nurses head for NHS in UK - medics
    on June 5, 2023 at 11:31 pm

    The recruitment of nurses by high-income countries is "out of control", a nursing body says. […]

  • Manchester baby death investigated over 'possible manslaughter'
    on June 5, 2023 at 11:26 am

    "Possible gross negligence manslaughter" is being investigated after a baby died, police say. […]

  • Doctors failed to spot cancer 'red flags' - report
    on June 5, 2023 at 6:31 am

    Charlie Puplett first went to her GP with common signs of colon cancer, but was not diagnosed for a year. […]

  • Rest easy: Finding the perfect sleeping positions for a safe pregnancy
    by Shabnam Muzammil on June 4, 2023 at 9:55 am

    Pregnant women like to sleep, but it does not mean they get a good night’s rest every time. Quality sleep is one of the key pillars to overall good health and is especially important during pregnancy. A pregnant woman who gets less than five hours of sleep a night is at an increased risk for conditions such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, according to experts. Seeing as how sleep is such an integral part of nourishing your body and contributing to your growing foetus' health, pregnant mums can take time to indulge in what must be a very welcome end to an exhausting day of growing a baby! If you’re having trouble getting a shut-eye, check out these safe sleeping positions during pregnancy that you can try.  Sleeping while pregnant As you approach the different hurdles brought forth by the three trimesters, one complaint probably stays the same throughout – try as you might, you cannot seem to get comfortable enough to sleep! […]

  • Sudan conflict: Caesarean by phone light - giving birth in a warzone
    on June 3, 2023 at 11:04 pm

    Women in Sudan's few remaining maternity wards are having babies to the sound of gunfire. […]

  • Meet Naz: The young entrepreneur redefining skincare with Newdtral
    by Venkat Gunasellan on June 3, 2023 at 9:00 am

    Running a local skincare business is tough with fierce competition from international brands. But one entrepreneur has managed to launch a skincare line with just one product that sold out within five months.  Meet Naz, a 23-year-old skincare influencer and entrepreneur.  How it all began  A quick glance at Naz's social media, and you will notice that he has glowing, glass-like skin. But that wasn't always the case.  At 16 years old, Naz struggled with cystic acne. Unlike your regular pimples, cystic acne is a severe form of acne, where cysts form deep under the skin. While Naz encouraged people to seek professional help, he personally didn't want to spend his resources in consulting a dermatologist. Instead, he took the matter into his own hands.  He started to do his own online research on cystic acne - from understanding the root cause to finding ways on how to deal with it. Over time, Naz experimented with different skincare products and studied their ingredients to understand the science behind them.&nbs […]

  • Girl given months to live after cancer misdiagnosis
    on June 2, 2023 at 8:43 am

    Olivia Maunder was told her pain was psychological by doctors at Frimley Park Hospital. […]

  • Breast cancer: Woman's reconstruction delayed three times
    on June 2, 2023 at 5:08 am

    Women say they are facing "soul-destroying" waits for reconstructive surgery after breast cancer. […]

  • Multi-cancer blood test shows real promise in NHS study
    on June 1, 2023 at 11:08 pm

    The Galleri test revealed the correct site of a tumour 85% of the time in a study with 5,000 patients. […]

  • Eating disorder group pulls chatbot sharing diet advice
    on June 1, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    The US National Eating Disorder Association is investigating reports the chatbot shared harmful advice. […]

  • Organ donation rules change in NI as Dáithí's Law takes effect
    on June 1, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    Most adults in NI will now be considered potential organ donors but there are some exceptions. […]

  • 'Living with bigger boobs made me want to hide'
    on June 1, 2023 at 9:57 am

    As the number of breast reductions rises, women open up on their experience of having bigger breasts. […]

  • Health alert system aims to cut heatwave deaths
    on June 1, 2023 at 3:24 am

    The aim is to protect the most vulnerable as high temperatures become more common due to climate change. […]

  • NHS backs new wafer to prevent migraines
    on May 31, 2023 at 1:34 pm

    Rimegepant will be available only to adults who have tried at least three other preventative drugs. […]

  • IVF patients need more mental health support, charity says
    on May 28, 2023 at 11:13 pm

    Infertility can devastate people's mental health, relationships, finances and career, a charity says. […]

  • Is the past year's spike in strike action here to stay?
    on May 25, 2023 at 5:04 am

    BBC economics editor Faisal Islam asks whether a historic surge in industrial action is likely to persist. […]

  • First UK death linked to 'zombie' drug xylazine
    on May 24, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    There have been warnings in the US about its flesh-eating properties and role in 7% of fatal overdoses. […]

  • Watch: Brain implants help paralysed man to walk again
    on May 24, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    A paralysed man has been able to walk simply by thinking about it, thanks to electronic brain implants […]

  • Brain implants help paralysed man to walk again
    on May 24, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    A paralysed man has been able to walk simply by thinking about it, thanks to electronic brain implants […]

  • Vaping: How do you quit e-cigarettes?
    on May 24, 2023 at 10:13 am

    It can get you off tobacco - but what do you do when you want to say bye to your e-cig? […]

  • Jennie Gow: BBC F1 broadcaster tells of stroke recovery
    on May 23, 2023 at 11:17 am

    Jennie Gow, who had a stroke in December, says she is determined to come back "as strong as ever". […]

  • BBC's Naga Munchetty reveals womb condition adenomyosis
    on May 22, 2023 at 10:00 am

    The presenter shares her diagnosis of debilitating womb disorder adenomyosis with BBC Radio 5 Live listeners. […]

  • Ukraine war: Taking steps to tackle the mental scars of conflict
    on May 19, 2023 at 4:00 am

    The psychological effects of Russia's invasion are starting to show in Ukraine, at the front and at home. […]

  • Bipolar Disorder: 'I hit the fire alarm and evacuated an airport'
    on May 19, 2023 at 1:54 am

    Model Rosie Viva was experiencing mania when she triggered the mass evacuation of Stansted Airport. […]

  • Face mask rule easing 'a good thing', says health boss Jason Leitch
    on May 16, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    Covid guidelines for wearing face coverings in Scotland's health and social care settings have ended. […]

  • Rare skin condition leads to stares and comments from strangers
    on May 16, 2023 at 5:12 am

    Rhiannon Morgan has grown used to people making comments or asking if her condition is contagious. […]

  • Needle-free Covid vaccination trials taking place in Cambridge
    on May 15, 2023 at 10:06 am

    Trials are taking place in Cambridge, where the technology was developed. […]

  • Covid global health emergency is over, WHO says
    on May 5, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    Close to 20 million people are likely to have died during the last three years, says the WHO. […]

  • WHO experts weigh up whether world ready to end Covid-19 emergency
    on May 4, 2023 at 7:17 am

    LONDON - A panel of global health experts will meet on Thursday (May 4) to decide if Covid-19 is still an emergency under the World Health Organization's rules, a status that helps maintain international focus on the pandemic. The WHO first gave Covid its highest level of alert on Jan 30, 2020, and the panel has continued to apply the label ever since, at meetings held every three months. However, a number of countries have recently begun lifting their domestic states of emergency, such as the United States. WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said he hopes to end the international emergency this year. There is no consensus yet on which way the panel may rule, advisors to the WHO and external experts told Reuters. "It is possible that the emergency may end, but it is critical to communicate that Covid remains a complex public health challenge," said Professor Marion Koopmans, a Dutch virologist who is on the WHO panel. She declined to speculate further ahead of the discussions, which are confidential. […]

  • Singing strikers on the junior doctors' picket lines
    on April 11, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    Junior doctors sing their protest chants to popular tunes on picket lines in England. […]

  • Abortion pills explained in 60 seconds
    on March 24, 2023 at 12:05 am

    They have become the new frontier in the US battle over abortion access but their future is at risk. […]

  • Rob Burrow receives ‘Points of Light’ award from Rishi Sunak
    on March 7, 2023 at 11:54 am

    The ex-Leeds Rhinos star was the 2,000th recipient of the award for outstanding individual volunteers. […]

  • Matt Hancock: Eight government WhatsApp Covid messages revealed
    on March 2, 2023 at 8:43 pm

    The ex-health secretary's pandemic text messages have been published by a newspaper - here are eight. […]

  • Covid: Was Matt Hancock right to push for schools to close?
    on March 2, 2023 at 3:26 pm

    The move had huge costs - socially, emotionally and academically, so could schools have been kept open? […]

  • Toxic debate over lab leak theory hampers search for Covid origins
    on March 2, 2023 at 2:16 pm

    US agencies cannot agree on how the pandemic started, with the scientific community bitterly divided. […]

  • Isabel Oakeshott reveals why she leaked Matt Hancock's WhatsApp messages
    on March 2, 2023 at 9:24 am

    The journalist released WhatsApps she obtained while working on the former health secretary's book. […]

  • Covid origin: Why the Wuhan lab-leak theory is so disputed
    on March 1, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    The claim Covid-19 leaked from a Chinese laboratory dates from early in the pandemic. Here's what we know. […]

  • China Covid: How is it tackling the latest surge in cases?
    on January 5, 2023 at 2:56 pm

    China is ramping up its vaccination programme in response to the latest wave of Covid. […]

  • Covid: Why are some places testing Chinese arrivals?
    on December 29, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Beijing is finally opening its borders - but some countries are wary of a Covid threat. […]

  • UK Covid modelling data to stop being published
    on December 26, 2022 at 5:26 am

    The UK Health Security Agency says it will halt publishing the figures from early January. […]

  • Sore throat and cough top symptoms that could be Covid
    on July 14, 2022 at 11:54 am

    That is according to UK data from 17,500 people this week who say they have Covid. […]

  • Covid map: Coronavirus cases, deaths, vaccinations by country
    on July 5, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    Key maps and charts explaining how the virus has spread around the world. […]

  • BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron: How worried should we be?
    on July 1, 2022 at 8:57 am

    Surges of Covid are happening again around the world, driven by some new subvariants of Omicron. […]

  • Almost a third of people report lingering symptom 6 to 12 months after Covid-19: Study
    on March 5, 2022 at 3:02 am

    Almost a third of people report at least one ongoing symptom between six and 12 months after their coronavirus infection, a survey of 152,000 people in Denmark has found. The study includes one of the largest groups yet of people who were not hospitalised with Covid, and followed them for longer than other major studies, the researchers from Denmark's State Serum Institute (SSI) said. The questionnaire-based study suggested that the most commonly reported long-term symptoms were changes in sense of smell and taste, as well as fatigue. Conducted between September 2020 and April 2021, well before the recent Omicron variant surge, the survey compared the responses of 61,002 people who had tested positive for the coronavirus six, nine or 12 months before with those of 91,878 people who had tested negative. In total, 29.6 per cent of the respondents who had tested positive reported at least one ongoing physical symptom six to 12 months after infection, compared to 13 per cent in the control group. […]

  • Covid vaccine: How many people are vaccinated in the UK?
    on March 4, 2022 at 9:55 am

    A look at progress made in vaccinating the country, as more than 52 million people have received at least one dose and 38 million have had a booster or third dose. […]

  • Health screening in Singapore - how much does a comprehensive health screening cost?
    by Joanne Poh on January 11, 2022 at 5:10 am

    Just about every Singaporean knows about the importance of health screenings. After all, catching a serious ailment too late could mean death or huge medical bills. But how much do you really know about health screenings and how much they cost in Singapore? Here’s the low down. Price list: Health screening packages in Singapore As it turns out, the cost of health screenings in Singapore can vary… quite wildly, actually. Here are some health screening prices compiled from a mix of public hospitals, private hospitals and private clinics. […]

  • Covid-19 vaccines and booster shots: Which combination is most effective?
    by Grace Koh on December 31, 2021 at 4:50 am

    In the past two years living with Covid-19, numerous measures have been taken to defend against the virus, and the Covid-19 vaccines are one of them. The Singapore government has been rolling out its vaccination campaign, providing free vaccination shots to residents. Locally, the vaccines available under the national programme are Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna and Sinovac-CoronaVac Covid-19 vaccines. Now, the vaccination programme includes the addition of a booster shot. Now that booster shots are available, some of you may be considering whether to take the plunge and take the shot — but questions abound. Who is suitable? Should I take the shot? And more importantly, can I mix and match my vaccines? We find out more about booster shots and see which combinations are the most helpful, especially for those who have taken their primary vaccination shots from the national programme. […]

  • Booster shot improves immune response of chemotherapy patients; post-Covid depression helped by widely used drugs
    on October 7, 2021 at 6:27 am

    The following is a summary of some recent studies on Covid-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that have yet to be certified by peer review. Chemo patients' response to vaccine improves with booster A new study helps quantify the improved protection against Covid-19 achieved with a third booster dose of the vaccine from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE in cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. "Chemotherapy can weaken the ability of cancer patients to fight off infections and to respond appropriately to vaccines," said Deepta Bhattacharya of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, co-author of the study reported in Nature Medicine. Her team studied 53 patients receiving chemotherapy for solid-tumour cancers who received two shots of the vaccine. Almost all of the subjects had an immune response after vaccination. […]