Staff shortages ‘abusing good will of nurses’

Nursing chiefs want to see safe staffing rules enshrined in law as 40,000 posts remain vacant.
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Nicki Chapman praised for sharing tumour diagnosis

Nicki Chapman will not host the Chelsea Flower Show following surgery to remove a brain tumour.
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Electrotherapy warning over bogus psychiatrist Zholia Alemi

Scotland’s chief medic says Zholia Alemi may have prescribed ECT and wrongly detained mental health patients.
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Spina bifida: Keyhole surgery repairs baby spine in womb

Doctors say the surgery could be the difference between some children learning to walk or not.
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Cancer: Breakthrough treatments to target drug resistance

The first treatments could be available within a decade, say scientists setting up a research centre.
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Severe pregnancy sickness: ‘I asked if pregnancy was worth it’

Hannah is one of 5,000 UK women to share their experience of extreme pregnancy sickness with BBC News.
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Mental health spending varies widely across England

Campaigners warn services will be affected as some areas of England spend much less than others.
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Body image concerns ‘making people suicidal’

Mental health experts say the issue is too often overlooked but is causing people real distress.
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Hormone ‘can reduce some women’s chances of miscarriage’

Giving progesterone could to some women with early bleeding could save babies’ lives, research suggests.
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MPs call for ‘life-changing’ Kuvan to be made affordable

MPs from various parties write to the US biotech firm behind Kuvan, a drug the NHS says is too expensive.
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Charcoal toothpastes ‘don’t whiten teeth’

Dentists say the products risk tooth decay and damage to the enamel from abrasive brushing.
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We both now have hope – MS sisters

NHS backing of a new treatment for the disease means Zoe Bowman may get help just as her sister has.
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GP pressure: Numbers show first sustained drop for 50 years

Patients are waiting weeks for appointments as GPs warn they cannot cope with demand.
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Social media effect ‘tiny’ in teenagers, large study finds

Family, friends and school life all have a greater impact on life satisfaction, researchers say.
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Waste collection costs double after firm’s collapse

The collapse of the firm responsible for collecting NHS clinical and human waste in Scotland has sent costs soaring.
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False allegations of fabricated illness ‘ripped family apart’

Calls grow for inquiry into accusations that families are inventing children’s illnesses.
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Minister considers ‘all options’ to boost vaccine uptake

Health Secretary says he will “consider all options” to boost child immunisation uptake in England.
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Gay HIV transmission with treatment is ‘zero risk’, study confirms

A European study followed 972 male couples, where one was living with HIV, over an eight-year period.
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Dementia: The greatest health challenge of our time

Someone is diagnosed every three seconds with dementia – one of the world’s top killers. Is there any hope?
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Has Leeds cracked the obesity problem?

The city is being lauded for success in reducing the waistlines of young children. Should others follow its lead?
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Blood inquiry evidence ‘harrowing and chilling’

Chairman praises bravery of victims as public inquiry into contaminated blood scandal begins.
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Social care: Homeowners urged to pay £30,000 towards care by downsizing

People who can afford it should pay up to £30,000 by downsizing or releasing equity, report says.
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Opioid painkillers ‘must carry prominent warnings’

The health secretary announces a plan to tackle a dramatic rise in the use of addictive prescription drugs.
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Cosmetic procedures: Firms warned over ‘duty of care’

Too many providers are “operating as a law unto themselves”, England’s top doctor says.
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Syndrome without a name: The boy who baffles doctors

Working out what makes Charlie Parkes ill is like fitting together “little pieces of a puzzle”, his mum says.
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Measles: ‘My baby’s eyes were swollen shut’

Jilly Moss’s daughter Alba spent eight days in a London hospital after contracting the viral illness.
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No sedentary screen time for babies, WHO says

Children under two should not be given screens or TV to keep them quiet, new guidelines say.
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Parkinson’s results beyond researchers’ wildest dreams

Previously housebound patients are now able to walk more freely as a result of electrical stimulation to their spines. Researchers say the small trial of the treatment has gone ‘beyond their wildest dreams’.
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Older women exploited by IVF clinics, says fertility watchdog

Clinics are using “selective success rates” to target older women, the fertility watchdog warns.
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The profoundly deaf girl who found her voice after brain surgery

Leia was born profoundly deaf but pioneering surgery and therapy has enabled her to hear sounds.
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Targeted checks ‘prevent one-in-10 heart attacks’

Around 5,000 heart attacks and strokes a year could be prevented by personalising heart health checks.
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Sore knee? Maybe you have a fabella

A little bone scientists thought was being lost to evolution seems to be making a comeback, say experts.
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Learning disability ‘trapped’ in hospitals as NHS target missed

More than 2,200 people with learning disabilities are still being treated in hospitals, figures show.
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The Priory fined £300k over death of 14-year-old girl

Amy El-Keria hanged herself at a clinic run by the private healthcare company in 2012.
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Statins ‘don’t work well for one in two people’

Fresh research questions the merit of the cholesterol-lowering pills taken by millions of Britons.
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Spina bifida womb op baby back home in Essex

Two-week-old Elouise Simpson is home after “foetal repair” surgery following a spina bifida diagnosis.
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More GP appointments available due to success of pilot scheme

Time For Care saved the equivalent of 1.23m GP appointments last year and is now being expanded.
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Gene-silencing: ‘New class’ of medicine reverses disease porphyria

Gene silencing drugs spared patients from the crippling pain caused by porphyria, in a clinical trial.
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Give women more consistent abortion service, NHS told

Appointments within a week and a choice of medical or surgical abortions are being recommended.
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Web therapy ‘calmed my irritable bowels’

People with irritable bowel syndrome could have fewer symptoms after web-based therapy, research suggests.
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Children’s mental health services ‘postcode lottery’

Spending on children’s mental health services is up 17% but some areas have missed out on extra funds.
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‘Steep rise’ in patients struggling to get epilepsy drugs

The Epilepsy Society is calling for an urgent review of how medicines are stocked and supplied in the UK.
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Use a ‘greener’ inhaler if you can, patients told

Five doses of some inhalers are the equivalent of a nine-mile car journey, NHS advisory body says.
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Pembrokeshire girl, 10, dies waiting for lung transplant

Belle Curran won numerous bravery awards as she battled with rare Interstitial Lung Disease.
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Chemotherapy doses review after 14 NHS Tayside patients die

An independent doctor will look at cases after NHS Tayside gave lower chemotherapy doses than elsewhere in Scotland.
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Even one drink a day increases stroke risk, study finds

This goes against previous claims that moderate drinking might protect the heart, researchers say.
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The diets cutting one in five lives short every year

Israelis are some of the world’s healthiest eaters, Uzbekistanis some of the least healthy, a report says.
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Sexism, bullying and the NHS

Female doctors complain of sexism and crude behaviour as the GMC warns of a culture of bullying and rudeness.
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NHS to offer mums-to-be new blood test for pre-eclampsia

It looks for a dangerous condition called pre-eclampsia, which can develop in pregnancy.
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‘She was so desperate, she swallowed a toothbrush’

The government’s aim to move people with learning disabilities from secure units has failed, campaigners say.
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More adults seeking support for alcoholic parents

Thousand more adults are seeking help in coping with an alcoholic parent every year, a charity says.
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Ask children about social media use, psychiatrists urged

Questions about technology should be routine for children assessed for mental health problems.
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Easter eggs ‘being pushed too early in shops’

Early sales of calorie-filled treats are fuelling the obesity crisis, a public health body says.
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How many cigarettes in a bottle of wine?

A study suggests it is 10 for women and five for men, in a bid to communicate the health risks of drinking.
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Life expectancy drops among poorer women in England

It fell by 100 days in recent years in England, widening the gap between rich and poor, official data shows.
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Coroners could investigate stillbirths, say ministers

Coroners may be given new powers to investigate stillbirths so that each death is independently assessed.
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Story time with e-books ‘not as helpful’ as print books

A study finds parents focus more on technology with electronic books and interact less with children.
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Transplant service at ‘breaking point’

A leading transplant surgeon says that services are struggling to keep up with demand.
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Detailed images of baby heart inside the womb

New technology could improve the care of babies with congenital heart diseases.
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‘Baby Grady’ gives fertility hope to boys with cancer

A new approach could preserve fertility for boys having cancer treatment – thanks to a baby monkey.
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Assisted dying: Doctors’ group adopts neutral position

The Royal College of Physicians votes to adopt a neutral position on helping terminally ill patients die.
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Potent cannabis increases risk of serious mental illness, says study

People who use potent cannabis increase their risk of serious mental illness, according to researchers.
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Cancer doctor shortage ‘puts care at risk’

Despite patients urgently needing treatment, 7.5% of key posts are vacant, a study of NHS staffing finds.
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MPs call for tax on social media companies

Their report says the money should be used to fund research into the health impact of social media.
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McDonald’s: Tom Watson urges chain to drop Monopoly campaign

The campaign is a “danger to public health” as it encourages people to eat more, says MP Tom Watson.
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Children’s noses ‘hold clues’ to serious lung infections

A study finds the bacteria and viruses in the nose could give clues to improve the diagnosis.
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Mushrooms may ‘reduce the risk of mild brain decline’

Eating the fungi more than twice a week cut people’s risk of memory and language problems, a study found.
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Cancer waiting times breached for 1,000 days in England

Failure to treat cancer patients quickly is putting patients at risk, experts say.
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Professor Stephen Hawking’s nurse struck off over his care

Patricia Dowdy was accused of financial misconduct and failing to properly care for the scientist.
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Italy bans unvaccinated children from school

Italy now requires children to prove they have been vaccinated before attending school.
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NHS signals four-hour A&E target may end

NHS bosses to pilot new ways of measuring performance in England, which could mean key targets being overhauled.
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Home births: Community midwives trial ‘delivery bags’

One mother says she considered a home birth for her son, but was “scared” by the idea.
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Nutrient supplement ‘boosts growth of breastfed premature babies’

Eight weeks of extra proteins and minerals led to better growth in breastfed babies, a study found.
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‘Benefit changes adding to mental health problems’

Universal credit, job worries and homelessness are increasing demand on mental health services, say NHS bosses.
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Satisfaction with NHS ‘hits 11-year low’

The public is concerned about lack of staffing and waiting times, according to a long-running survey.
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Critically injured? The longest waits for 999 help

People in rural areas wait over 50% longer for an ambulance service response to life-threatening injuries.
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UK patient ‘free’ of HIV after stem cell treatment

The patient has shown no sign of the virus for nearly 19 months since having the treatment.
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Amazon withdraws painted children’s drinking tumblers

The glasses feature Disney characters but contain a toxic metal associated with known health risks.
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NHS patients in England to be offered free tampons

Women should have access to daily essentials while in hospital, health officials say.
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Vaccination deniers gaining traction, NHS boss warns

The NHS is considering what it can do to stop anti-vaccination messages spreading, Simon Stevens says.
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Quick pregnancy safe after stillbirth, study finds

There is no evidence to wait for a year before getting pregnant again, Lancet research suggests.
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Being a couch potato ‘bad for the memory of over-50s’

More than three and a half hours a day of TV could hasten memory decline, a study suggests.
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Radical Parkinson’s treatment tested in patients

The drug is delivered to affected parts of the brain via a “port” in the side of the head.
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Children ‘failed in first 1,000 days’, says MPs

A group of MPs wants a “revolution” in early years support, including more health visitor contacts.
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NHS child gender reassignment ‘too quick’

A former governor of the Tavistock Centre calls for more “external oversight” of the clinic.
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Supermarkets misleading shoppers on healthy food, say nutritionists

Supermarkets should be more transparent on food classification, say public health experts.
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PTSD affects ‘one in 13 by age of 18’

Researchers say, with many young people not receiving support, the study should be a “wake-up call”.
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Flu vaccine ‘working better for children’

It is 87% effective in two to 17-year-olds against the main flu strain, mid-season data suggests.
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Shark DNA could help cure cancer and age-related illnesses in humans

A new study maps the DNA of sharks and experts believe their genes could help cure human diseases.
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Asthma: Young people in the UK ‘more likely to die’

The UK lags behind other wealthy nations across a number of health indicators, a report finds.
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Sepsis: New rapid test ‘could save thousands of lives’

Researchers have developed a test they say can detect the condition in minutes.
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Brain function of night owls and larks differ, study suggests

Late risers have poorer attention, slower reactions and increased sleepiness, a study suggests.
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Parents of sick babies need more leave, charity says

Parents of sick babies need more paternity and maternity leave, a neonatal charity says.
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Short bursts of intense exercise ‘better for weight loss’

Researchers suggest bursts of high intensity workouts, like sprinting, are more effective for weight loss.
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Most hip and knee replacements ‘last longer than thought’

This helps doctors who often struggle to answer questions from patients on how they will last.
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A&E waits at worst level for 15 years in England

Nearly 330,000 A&E patients waited for more than four hours last month in England.
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Send patients email not letters, GPs told

Health Secretary Matt Hancock wants to see email used to communicate test results and prescriptions.
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Fear wrong metal plates used to fix fractures

Hospitals are told to review X-rays to check if patients have received the correct treatment for broken arms and legs.
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Breast cancer: Scan younger women at risk, charity says

Research suggests screening for 35 to 39-year-olds with a family history can reveal the disease early.
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Mosquitoes ‘put off biting’ by human diet drugs

US scientists say they may have found a way to reduce the appetite of blood-hungry mosquitoes.
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Knife crime: 1,000 young victims hospitalised last year

The NHS also says there has been a 54% rise in the number of victims aged 10 to 19 over five years.
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Beer before wine? It makes no difference to a hangover

A study finds the order in which you have alcoholic drinks makes no difference to your hangover.
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Screen time: Children advised not to use electronic devices at dinner

As concerns mount over how screen time and social media affect children, parents are given suggestions.
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Dementia risk factors not known by half of population

Risk factors for dementia include heavy drinking, smoking, genetics and high blood pressure.
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‘Xanax’ linked to more than 200 deaths

Counterfeit Xanax bars with a street value of more than £1m have been seized at the UK border since 2016.
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‘Deadlock must end’ over cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi

Vertex, which makes Orkambi, has refused a £500m offer for the drug over five years
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Provide sanitary products free in all hospitals, says doctors’ union

The BMA says pads and tampons are a basic need and should be freely available to in-patients.
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Celebrity ads for diet aids should be banned, says top doctor

England’s top doctor calls on celebrities to be more ‘responsible’ on social media.
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Health screening ‘not meeting targets’, report finds

Cervical screening saw delays in sending out results, affecting half of women, a report says.
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Is breakfast always a good idea?

Research suggests eating breakfast won’t help adults lose weight, but it can be a good source of nutrients.
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No-deal Brexit could see ops cancelled, NHS trust says

A University Hospitals Birmingham paper says a no-deal Brexit will lead to operations being postponed.
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Persistent sore throat ‘can be cancer sign’

A new study suggests GPs should not only investigate patients with hoarseness for throat cancer.
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Cancer cliches to avoid: I’m not ‘brave’

Fighter, warrior, hero – these are among the cliches unpopular with some cancer patients, a survey finds.
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Cervical smear: The 30 second test that could save your life

She was trying to to help raise awareness of the 30-second test that could save your life.
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NHS to offer paid-for DNA tests if patients share data

Entrants will receive a health report, but experts caution over the accuracy of any predictions.
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Skinny genes the ‘secret to staying slim’

Healthy thin people stay slim because they are genetically different, scientists say.
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Does gum disease play key role in Alzheimer’s?

Scientists say it may have a “central role” in Alzheimer’s, so should we worry more about our oral health?
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How diet is changing – the good and the bad

Children are turning their backs on sugary drinks but all age groups eat too few vegetables, a survey suggests.
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Child’s death linked to Glasgow hospital pigeon infection

The infection was a “contributing factor” in the death of a child at a Glasgow hospital.
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Women’s frozen eggs ‘should be stored for longer’

The 10-year limit for keeping a woman’s frozen eggs is arbitrary and does not reflect current technology, campaigners say.
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Carter Cookson: Baby who needed new heart dies

His parents, who lost their first son in 2013, say Carter Cookson has “gained his angel wings”.
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Differences in GP access across England ‘shocking’

A BBC analysis suggests there is a shocking variation in access to GPs across England, doctors’ leaders say.
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Pharmacists warn of a ‘surge’ in shortage of common medicines

Patients in England are struggling to get hold of drugs such as painkillers and anti-depressants.
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A bit of meat, a lot of veg – the flexitarian diet to feed 10bn

And you don’t have to be vegan to follow the “planetary health diet”.
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Liver transplant ‘game changing’ treatment approved

It’s hoped perfusion machines that “warm livers” will increase the number of viable donated organs.
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What is the right age to lose your virginity?

More than a third of women and a quarter of men think they got it wrong, research suggests.
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Lens replacement led to ‘blind patches’, says artist

Landscape painter Denise De Batista is considering legal action against lens manufacturer Oculentis
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Global fight against killer diseases seeks £11bn

The money would be spent on medicines, treatments and mosquito nets to reduce deaths from disease.
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Clinical waste ‘backlog’ pictured at North Lanarkshire health centres

Photographs show piles of clinical waste following the collapse of processing firm HES in North Lanarkshire.
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Ella Kissi-Debrah ‘pollution’ death: Backing for new inquest

Nine-year-old Ella died from asthma but her family believe air pollution caused her health to fail.
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Quadruple amputee given double hand transplant

Quadruple amputee Corinne Hutton, from Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire, had been waiting five years for the surgery.
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Sponge offers hope of ‘less toxic’ chemotherapy

Scientists are testing a device that removes excess chemo drugs from the body to reduce side-effects.
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Sexual assault forensics centres failing some victims

Four doctors say some children are not being forensically examined within three days of an assault.
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NHS long-term plan: Focus on prevention ‘could save 500,000 lives’

Bosses aim to focus on preventing ill-health as part of a plan to create an NHS fit for the 21st century.
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NHS 10-year plan: Labour attacks Theresa May’s proposals

The prime minister says her new proposals for the NHS are “crucial” for its sustainability.
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Hospital patients who smoke or drink to be helped to quit

They will be given targeted advice in order to reduce ill health as well as demands on the NHS.
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Hospitals ‘coping better with winter’

There are fewer A&E closures and ambulance delays than last year, but doctors warn cold snap could change picture.
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Is a breath test key to detecting cancer?

A clinical trial aims to find out if early cancer signs can be picked up in breath samples.
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Children ‘exceed recommended sugar limit by age 10’

Ten-year-olds in the UK have already consumed 18 years’ worth of sugar, says Public Health England.
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Minority take up ‘life-saving’ free health check

It can pick up preventable heart problems – and more people should be getting the routine check.
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Child health record ‘red book’ to go online

The measure is part of government plans in England to improve care from pregnancy to post-birth.
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The breakthroughs that could save our lives

From reversing blindness and paralysis to new treatments for cancer and infertility.
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The simple tips to improve your health

The list of things we should do to become healthier can seem endless, so we asked experts for their one top tip.
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How to resist ‘drink pushers’ during the festive season

Actor Stephen McGann and others call for more tolerance for non-drinkers.
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Muckamore Abbey Hospital in ‘crisis’

The number of staff suspended at Muckamore Abbey Hospital has risen to more than 20, the BBC understands.
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Why are more boys than girls born every single year?

Is it just down to evolution or male sperm swimming that little bit faster?
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Mental health crisis home treatment team cases up 17%

The teams help those who attempt severe self-harm or suicide who might otherwise need to go to hospital.
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‘Drunk tanks’ to ease NHS pressure

It is hoped that providing supervised units for revellers who have over-indulged will free up A&E staff.
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Spinal surgery for unborn babies to be available on NHS

The procedure can reduce the likelihood of illnesses later in life and improve walking ability.
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Tax junk food high in sugar and salt, says top doctor

The food industry is “failing the public” and must do more, England’s chief medical officer says.
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Widow’s A&E plea after husband dies in hospital corridor

Sharon Donnelly said people were in A&E “needlessly” and staff were “overwhelmed”.
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Rise in reports of polio-like illness being investigated

Public Health England says there has been a rise in cases of acute flaccid paralysis.
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Skin creams can lead to fire deaths

Products for conditions such as eczema can leave people at risk of setting themselves ablaze, experts warn.
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Chronic fatigue: Overactive immune system ‘may trigger ME-like symptoms’

Researchers say the study is a “light in the fog” in the search for the causes of chronic fatigue syndrome.
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Obamacare: Texas court rules key health law is unconstitutional

The challenge from a coalition of 20 US states is now likely to go to the US Supreme Court.
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‘Miracle’ six-day-old baby survives Ebola

It took five weeks of round-the-clock treatment to keep Benedicte alive after her mother died.
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Breast cancer screening error ‘overstated’

There was no major incident, just confusion, and the scale of the problem was overstated, a report finds.
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Hospitals ‘overcrowding risk’ ahead of Christmas

Winter pressures are beginning to bite as hospitals report too many patients are on wards and ambulances face delays at A&E.
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Royal Cornwall Hospital on Opel 4 highest alert for 134 days

A woman’s hysterectomy was postponed four times at a hospital experiencing extreme pressures.
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