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A day in the life of India’s ‘tuberculosis warrior’

[ad_1] Image copyright Shampa Kabi On world tuberculosis (TB) day, public health specialist Chapal Mehra describes the work of Dr Zarir Udwadia, who has been working tirelessly to fight the disease in its often untreatable forms. When Dr Udwadia, an acclaimed pulmonologist, wrote in a medical journal in 2012 about a virtually untreatable form of TB, the ordinary Indian did not know who he was. But the letter set off
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Woman dies after having bee-sting therapy

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Apitherapy is the use of substances from honeybees to treat medical conditions A woman has died after undergoing bee-sting therapy, a form of treatment backed by Gwyneth Paltrow. The 55-year-old Spanish woman had been having live bee acupuncture for two years when she developed a severe reaction. She died weeks later of multiple organ failure. Researchers who studied the case say live
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A blueberry muffin ‘could have day’s worth of sugar’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe sugar in a muffin measured out in teaspoonsSome blueberry muffins sold by cafes and supermarkets contain more than the recommended daily intake of sugar for adults, researchers have discovered.An analysis by Action on Sugar and the Obesity Health Alliance in January found the cakes could contain up to eight teaspoons of sugar.The recommended daily limit for adults is seven -
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What are opioids and what are the risks?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump has announced measures to combat the country's opioid crisis. But what are these drugs and why are they such a problem?What are opioids?Opioids are a group of drugs that range from codeine, to illegal drugs like heroin. Prescription opioids are primarily used for pain relief. They work by attaching to opioid receptors in your brain cells to release signals that block
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How I saw Stephen Hawking’s death as a disabled person

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Stephen Hawking's work led many to become interested in astrophysics Stephen Hawking was a renowned scientist famed for his work on black holes and relativity.He published several popular science books such as A Brief History of Time.Prof Hawking was also a wheelchair user who lived with motor neurone disease from the age of 21.Yes, he was an award-winning scientist, but a lot of
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Bad blood: The rise and fall of Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Elizabeth Holmes - not a second Steve Jobs Elizabeth Holmes, aged 19, came up with an idea that she believed could change the world.There was just one problem: it didn't work.However, that didn't stop her creating a multi-billion dollar company, Theranos, on the back of it.On Wednesday the illusion finally shattered as she lost control of the firm and was fined $500,000.Neither she
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What I’d say to my younger self

[ad_1] If you had the chance to live your life again, what advice would you give to your younger self?Four members of the Birmingham 1,000 Elders group at the University of Birmingham reflect on their lives and the decisions they made.The group helps with research into life as an older adult in the UK as well as medical research around issues such as heart disease, infections in old age and