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'Xanax made my daughter an aggressive zombie'

A mum has told 5 live’s Sarah Brett how she had her daughter arrested after she became violent while under the influence of Xanax. Xanax, the brand name for alprazolam, is widely prescribed in the US to treat anxiety, but can only be obtained on private prescription in the UK. Read more: Teens ‘buying Xanax […]

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Non-smoker's lung cancer

Image copyright Julie Brown Harwood In December my younger sister Sarah died of lung cancer, two years after first being diagnosed. She had led an admirably healthy life, didn’t drink and had never smoked. The disease seemed to come out of nowhere, shattering the life of a brilliant and much loved mum, wife and writer. […]

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Pakistan gang 'stole spinal fluid from women'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Spinal fluid is obtained by inserting a needle into the spinal canal Pakistani police have arrested four people accused of stealing spinal fluid from women. The suspects told women they had to provide blood samples to qualify for financial assistance from the Punjab government, police told BBC Urdu. However, […]

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New antibiotic family discovered in dirt

Image copyright Science Photo Library US scientists have discovered a new family of antibiotics in soil samples. The natural compounds could be used to combat hard-to-treat infections, the team at Rockefeller University hopes. Tests show the compounds, called malacidins, annihilate several bacterial diseases that have become resistant to most existing antibiotics, including the superbug MRSA. […]

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Parkinson's sufferer ejected from Halfords 'for funny walk'

Image copyright Katrina Cartlidge Image caption Katrina Cartlidge said she was “mortified” by the treatment of her father Chris Cartlidge A man with Parkinson’s disease was told to leave a Halfords store for acting suspiciously by “walking funny”. Chris Cartlidge, 51, was ejected from the shop in Trent Vale, Stoke-on-Trent, after his symptoms caused his […]

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NHS Scotland embarks on global radiologist search

Image copyright Science Photo Library A global campaign to attract radiologists to work in the Scottish NHS has been launched. Nine health boards, including NHS Fife, Grampian and Greater Glasgow and Clyde, have 32 vacancies which they have struggled to fill. Radiologists specialise in diagnosing and treating diseases such as cancer using medical imagery. NHS […]