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'Asking about suicide doesn’t cause suicide'

Every year, nearly 45,000 people in America kill themselves. That is more than twice the number that die in homicides, and the numbers are increasing. There is one group in particular causing this spike – white, middle aged men. India Rakusen visits Montana, where suicide rates are double the national average, to meet a family […]

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Mexican tetra fish may offer heart repair clues

Image copyright BHF Image caption The Mexican tetra fish that lives in the rivers of Northern Mexico can heal its heart, while its cave-dwelling relative cannot A fish that can repair its heart may hold clues for future treatments in people, according to a study. Scientists studying the Mexican tetra fish found three areas of […]

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William talks of being 'tipped over the edge'

Prince William has spoken of the moment he was “tipped over the edge” following “traumatic” callouts as an air ambulance pilot. The Duke of Cambridge talked at a conference in London that aimed to address mental health issues in the workplace. He said he worked on several jobs in the east of England involving hurt […]

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The hospitals that 'never treat patients on time'

Image copyright Ridofranz/Getty Images Nearly one in five local hospital services are consistently failing to hit any of their key waiting-time targets, BBC analysis shows. Twenty-nine hospital trusts and boards out of 157 have not hit a single target for a whole year. Northern Ireland is struggling the most – all five trusts have failed […]

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Stress damages many people's sex life – survey

Image copyright Science Photo Library The stress of modern living is taking a toll on people’s sex lives, a psychosexual therapist has said. A BBC Radio 5 Live online survey questioned 2,066 UK adults about their attitudes to sex and relationships. Stress was rated as a problem in the bedroom by more people than any […]

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Medication for mental health: Call to 'end pill-shaming'

“You’re weak for taking them.” “Why do you need that?” “I wouldn’t date someone taking medication.” These are all examples of pill-shaming – where people criticise others and make them feel guilty for taking medication for their mental health. The Royal College of Psychiatrists is worried that people are being made to feel so ashamed […]