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Being neurotic could help you live longer, says study

(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) Let’s be honest: none of us really want to be described as ‘neurotic’, do we? Psychologists consider people with high levels of neuroticism more likely to worry, fret and ruminate on negative experiences, and say that they can often display a ‘negative temperament’. Not ideal, really. But it turns out that the more highly-strung of ...

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Mental illness is much more common than previously thought, study claims

(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) By now, we’ve probably all heard the statistic that around 1 in 4 people experience mental illness each year. But a new study, published in the Journal of Abnorm al Psychology , suggests that the figure may actually be much higher. Appetite suppressants like Skinny Sprinkles aren’t a magical health fix A team of psychologists from ...

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Vaginal implants: Report recommends recording complications

An NHS England report on vaginal mesh implants has recommended better support and communication between patients and doctors over the devices. The Mesh Oversight Group report also said complications caused by the implants should be recorded so that experts fully understood the risks. Vaginal mesh implants are used to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. But some women ...

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HIV-prevention ring trial a success among US teens

A vaginal ring to prevent HIV infection is popular with teenage girls, US scientists say. Women and girls aged 15-24 account for a fifth of all new HIV infections globally. Nearly 1,000 are infected every day in sub-Saharan Africa. Infused with microbicides, the ring, which sits on the cervix, has been shown to cut infections by 56%. Experts say it ...

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NHS 'does not need more money to improve'

Media playback is unsupported on your device The NHS does not necessarily need more money to improve care, the outgoing chief inspector of hospitals in England, Prof Sir Mike Richards, says. Sir Mike said there were more cost-effective ways of running the service, such as ending the use of what he called “very expensive” agency nurses. There was “no doubt” ...

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Sperm count drop 'could make humans extinct'

Humans could become extinct if sperm counts in men continue to fall at current rates, a doctor has warned. Researchers assessing the results of nearly 200 studies say sperm counts among men from North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, seem to have halved in less than 40 years. Some experts are sceptical of the Human Reproduction Update findings. But ...

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Disgraced surgeon Ian Paterson struck off by tribunal

Disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson who carried out unnecessary cancer operations has been struck off. Paterson, 59, was sentenced in May to 15 years in jail for 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful wounding. Nottingham Crown Court heard he exaggerated or invented the risk of cancer in patients. A tribunal has now ruled his actions ...

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More than 86,000 NHS posts vacant, says report

More than 86,000 NHS posts were vacant between January 2017 and March 2017, figures for England suggest. Statistics from NHS Digital, which collates data, shows the number of vacancies climbed by almost 8,000 compared to the same period in 2016. Nurses and midwives accounted for the highest proportion of shortages, with 11,400 vacant posts in March 2017. The Department of ...

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Charlie Gard: Court hears hospice best option for baby

Moving Charlie Gard to a hospice to die would be the best option for the terminally-ill baby, a court has heard. The 11-month-old’s parents had returned to the High Court to seek permission to take him home for “a few days of tranquillity outside the hospital”. But Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) said there were practical problems with that proposal, ...

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Undetectable Viral Load "Completely Effective" At Stopping HIV Transmission, Study Finds

Sherbien Dacalanio / NEWZULU A groundbreaking new study found zero transmissions occurred between HIV-positive men with an “undetectable viral load” due to treatment, and their HIV-negative partners, across thousands of instances of anal sex without a condom. The Opposites Attract study, led by professor Andrew Grulich from the Kirby Institute, followed a cohort of 358 gay male couples – one ...

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