Could menopause drug ease misery of hot flushes?

Each year, around 1.5million women experience menopausal symptoms, including 400,000 who suffer them to a troublesome extent. But many avoid hormone replacement therapy because it has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and blood clots.

Now, a study has found that a new drug was able to reduce the number of women suffering seven or more hot flushes a day by as much as 73%.

The new drug compound, called MLE4901, tested on women who suffered severe flushes, works by targeting receptors in the brain, blocking a chemical called neurokinin B (NKB).

Dr Chris says the drug could be available in five years' time.

How to check your breasts

It's important to check your breasts regularly for signs of breast cancer - find out how in the video above.

For more advice and support see our breast cancer helplines

Measles outbreak - should we be worried?

There have been reports of a major measles outbreak in parts of Europe. So what does it mean for us? Should we be worried here in the UK? And what are the symptoms? Dr Ranj tells us more.

Cannabis saved my son's life

At the age of ten, Deryn Blackwell was diagnosed with leukaemia. Two years later he developed another rare form of cancer called Langerhans cell sarcoma, making him one in seven billion. After four unsuccessful bone marrow transplants, he was moved to a children’s hospice where he began to plan his funeral.

A poorly Deryn in hospital

But despite being given just days to live, somehow Deryn battled his way back from the brink as his body began to produce white blood cells - it was nothing short of a miracle.

Deryn’s desperate mother Callie is finally ready to reveal an untold secret – she credits Deryn’s amazing fight back to full health to medicinal cannabis and hopes to stimulate debate and medical research into the treatment. Callie and Deryn, now 17, join us on the sofa.

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Ditch the nits with Dr Ranj 🐜

Getting head lice is a rite of passage for many schoolchildren, but once the nits have made themselves at home in your child's hair, how on earth do you get rid of them? And how do you prevent yourself from getting them too?

Following the worrying news that most head lice are now resistant to chemical treatments, Dr Ranj is on hand with expert advice. He shares his nit-busting tips, and has even brought one of the itchy critters in with him!

The Singing Dentist's tips for looking after your children's teeth

We all want the best for our children but are we doing enough to educate them about their teeth? The latest statistics show that we aren't - as more than 40% of children in England didn't see a dentist last year, which goes some way to explain that children needing tooth extractions has risen by nearly 10% compared to previous years.

But what are the dos and don'ts when it comes to teeth? Can one sugary treat a day really be that bad? When should children start brushing their teeth? And what with? To answer all these questions and more, Singing Dentist aka Dr Milad Shadrooh is in the studio to take your calls.

Anxiety and panic attacks

Dr Max Pemberton is back with his Mental Health Clinic and he'll be paying particular attention to the area of anxiety and panic attacks which has made headlines recently.

At least one person in 10 experiences occasional panic attacks, which are usually triggered by stress. Today Dr Max will explain the distinction between anxiety and panic attack and take viewers' questions on the phone.

For advice and information see our anxiety and panic helplines

Dr Chris saved my life

Just a few weeks ago, Valerie Thorpe was declared free of breast cancer - but says it could have been so different if it hadn’t been for Dr Chris.

In May 2015 she saw him talking about the disease on This Morning and, a few weeks later, discovered a small lump while in the shower.

Because of what she had heard on the programme, Valerie immediately booked in to see her GP, and within two weeks, she’d been diagnosed. Thanks to catching it early she made a full recovery, and now wants to pay tribute to our resident doctor.