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Trump in good health despite weight in obese range – doctor

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Trump is 6ft3in (1.9m) tall and weighs 243lb (110kg) US President Donald Trump has put on weight since his last medical check-up, but remains in “very good health”, his official doctor Sean Conley says. Mr Trump had received a higher dose of medicine to lower his cholesterol levels, his memo said. Mr Trump weighed 243lb (110kg) in last week’s examination, which is up from 239lb in early 2018. Other doctors noted that his Body Mass Index (BMI) now falls in excess of 30, which…

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Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker was told to change her look

Image caption Jodie Whittaker says she wouldn’t change the way she looks ‘for the world’ Doctor Who actress Jodie Whittaker has revealed she was told to get a line in her forehead filled and her top lip waxed when she began acting. Whittaker is the first woman to take on the title role in the BBC’s long-running science fiction series. She made the comments to David Tennant, who played the 10th Doctor, on his new podcast. Whittaker told Tennant she was glad she did not give in to early pressure…

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Can video consultations combat global doctor shortages?

Image copyright Lydia Campbell-Hill Image caption Dr Lydia Campbell-Hill says offering online consultations gave her more family time at home Would you be happy to see your doctor online? Growing numbers of patients seem to be attracted by the convenience. And doctors are also finding it useful as health services come under pressure from growing and ageing populations. Lydia Campbell-Hill, a 35-year-old doctor from Cornwall, England, says switching to online consultations has transformed her life. “As a ‘part-time’ GP [general practitioner] working three days a week, I was doing 39…

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Celebrity ads for diet aids should be banned says top doctor

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kim Kardashian West has promoted diet aids on social media England’s top doctor has called on social media companies to ban “damaging” celebrity-endorsed social media ads promoting weight loss aids. Some celebrities with large followings are promoting products like diet pills and detox teas on social media. Prof Stephen Powis, NHS medical director, argues these products have a damaging effect on the physical and mental health of young people. He is also urging influential celebrities to act “responsibly”. Prof Powis said: “If a product…

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Patient who objected to ‘Asian doctor’ silenced by receptionist

Image copyright Dr Punam Krishan Image caption Dr Punam Krishan said she has found the response to her tweet “uplifting” A GP has praised the receptionist at a Glasgow surgery for silencing a patient who said they did not want to see an “Asian doctor”. Dr Punam Krishan took to Twitter to express her pride in her team – and described the positive response to her post as “uplifting”. She said the receptionist had explained that Dr Krishan was Scottish, only to be told: “She doesn’t look Scottish.” The receptionist…

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How Doctor Who, Luther and The Inbetweeners fared on New Year

Image copyright BBC/Channel 4 Image caption Clockwise from top left: Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor, Idris Elba in Luther and the cast of The Inbetweeners Telly viewers were treated to a bumper crop of post-Christmas comebacks on New Year’s Day – but some of them left the critics with the January blues. There was praise for Doctor Who, whose seasonal episode “whizzed along at a cracking pace” according to one pundit. The critics also welcomed Idris Elba’s return as tough cop Luther, though one queried the show’s “demonic” violence. But…

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Doctor lay dead in Birmingham hospital storeroom for two days

Image copyright BPM Media Image caption Eduard Zigar was working as a locum in Birmingham The body of a junior doctor lay undiscovered in a hospital storeroom for two days, an inquest has heard. Eduard Zigar, 25, took his own life at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham less than a week after beginning his placement, the city’s coroner’s court heard. There had been difficulty identifying him as missing because hospital staff were looking under the wrong name. The coroner recorded a verdict of suicide. In a statement, the hospital trust…

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Tax junk food high in sugar and salt, says top doctor

Image copyright Getty Images England’s top doctor has accused the food industry of “failing the public” and is calling for taxes on unhealthy food high in sugar and salt. Chief medical officer Prof Dame Sally Davies said her dream was to make fruit and vegetables cheaper for everyone from the proceeds. In her annual report, she also urged the government to ban added sugar in jars of baby food. The food industry said taxes would not change consumer behaviour. Dame Sally Davies’ report details plans to create a more healthy…

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Doctor turns author after having strokes

Dr Louise Lightfoot had to abandon her dream job as a child psychologist after suffering three strokes before the age of 30. Liverpool-born Louise is rebuilding her life after being diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome a rare inherited condition which affects connective tissue. She is now the author of several books on “invisible” disabilities aimed at young people. Source link

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From Ebola survivor to trainee doctor

Daniel Sidikie Turay was successfully treated for Ebola in Sierra Leone in 2014. At the time, the virus was spreading across West Africa. It claimed more than 11,000 lives, including nearly all of Daniel’s close family. Five years on, the young man is in medical school. He speaks to the BBC about his dreams and hopes for the future. Video: Alpha Kamara and Daniel South. Listen to Newsday on the BBC iPlayer. Source link

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