‘Being a teenage mother is so lonely’

New guidelines aim to cut UK teenage pregnancy rates which remain among the highest in Europe.
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Cycling does not harm men’s sexual health, study says

The sexual and urinary health of cyclists is comparable with runners and swimmers, a study suggests.
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More children having teeth out in hospital in England

In one case a 14-year-old’s adult teeth were removed due to fizzy drinks and they needed false teeth.
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Breast cancer survival ‘unaffected by faulty gene’

Young breast cancer patients with faulty BRCA genes have the same survival chances as those without, a study has found.
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Patients ‘dying in hospital corridors’

Doctors write to the PM warning care is being compromised by ‘intolerable’ conditions this winter.
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Pharma giant Pfizer pulls out of research into Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s charities call the news a “heavy blow” to those living with dementia.
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Singing ‘speeds up’ recovery from post-natal depression

Mothers in group singing sessions with babies have faster improvement in symptoms, a study suggests.
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Middle-aged can reverse heart risk with exercise, study suggests

But there is a catch – it takes two years of aerobic exercise, four to five days a week, a study says.
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Sharp rise in flu hospital admissions in England

The increases are expected at this time of year but experts said they were “significant”.
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Proton beam cancer treatment to start in Manchester in 2018

The first NHS-run unit of its kind in Manchester will improve treatment for cancer patients.
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Breast size dissatisfaction ‘affects self-examination’

Women unhappy with their breast size are less likely to carry out regular self-examinations, a study suggests.
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Sharp rise in ambulance delays at A&E in England

The prime minister has apologised for rising problems in the NHS, saying she knows it’s “frustrating”.
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Health secretary Jeremy Hunt sorry as A&Es struggle to cope

Health secretary apologises after NHS bosses in England cancel thousands of non-urgent treatments.
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Limit children’s snacks to 100 calories, health body says

Parents should only allow two healthy snacks a day, a health body says in new year drive.
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Take three steps before visiting GP, public urged

Patients are being urged to consider other options before making an appointment with their family doctor.
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Organ donation campaigner, 18, in New Year Honours

Lucia Mee, who has had three transplants, wants organ donation to be taught in schools.
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Drunk tanks may become norm, NHS boss warns ‘selfish’ revellers

Simon Stevens warns ‘selfish’ revellers that the NHS does not stand for ‘National Hangover Service’.
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NHS parking charges: Hospitals made £174m in a year

Record sum comes as more hospitals charge disabled people and issue fines for non-payers.
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Turkey blunder ‘a potential dementia sign’

Seeing relatives for the first time in a while could be an opportunity to spot signs of confusion.
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Are surgery weight restrictions on the rise?

The use of patients’ weight to limit surgery has been rising in recent years.
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‘My restless legs were like bees biting under my skin’

How restless leg syndrome made one woman severely sleep deprived.
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Parents with cancer at Christmas: ‘It’s exhausting’

Parents tell of the challenges of Christmas with cancer: “I hold it in for the kids’ sake, but it’s exhausting”.
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Shingles vaccine ‘has cut cases by a third’ in England

But Public Health England is urging more people in their 70s to get their free injection.
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Maternity mistakes: Lapses lead to mistake every five births

Life-threatening complications missed – and babies dead or brain-damaged among worst cases.
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UK’s most googled health issue of 2017 revealed

Cancer was the UK’s most searched for health issue, Google Trend data for 2017 reveals.
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NHS workforce ‘at crunch point’

There may not be enough doctors to treat increasing number of patients, the official regulator warns.
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UK suicide rate shows largest drop for 20 years

Rates fell for both men and women, although men still account for three-quarters of cases.
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Disabled man’s cancer care criticised

The family of disabled man Ian Shaw were told he was dying – now he is responding well to cancer treatment.
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The family that doesn’t feel pain

The experience of six related Italians may help to find a new treatment for people with chronic pain.
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Parents giving children alcohol too young, researchers say

Giving youngsters too many takeaways is also criticised as a health risk by the researchers.
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Is size important when it comes to wine glasses?

If your wine was served in a smaller glass, would you drink less of it?
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Cold weather and loneliness ‘lethal in winter’

England’s chief nurse urges people to look out for family, friends and neighbours to help save lives.
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Will change to organ donor rules mean more transplants?

The government is proposing a big change by moving to a system of “presumed consent” in England.
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Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease

Scientists say it could be the biggest breakthrough in neurodegenerative diseases for 50 years.
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Teachers call for ban on energy drinks in schools

A teaching union compares energy drinks to “legal highs” and says pupils are consuming them in “excessive quantities.”
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Vaginal mesh ban ‘a retrograde step’, surgeons say

Many women benefit from the use of vaginal mesh and they should have a choice, surgeons say.
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Anorexic student Averil Hart ‘failed by every NHS body’

University student Averil Hart’s family say she starved herself to death in 10 weeks.
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Ian Paterson: Independent inquiry into breast surgeon

Disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson carried out hundreds of botched operations on his patients.
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Warning over eating raw dough due to E. coli risk in flour

US food chiefs have updated guidelines after investigating an E. coli outbreak caused by flour.
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‘I beat type 2 diabetes with 200-calorie drinks’

Isobel was one of 300 people on a trial that reversed type 2 in nearly half of patients.
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Asthma sufferers urged to wear scarves in cold to stop attacks

This can help to warm up winter air before it is breathed in and reduce the risk of an attack.
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Pledge to boost mental health support in schools

The government promises to bring in new mental health support teams and improve waiting times.
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Welsh and Scottish health ministers call for folic acid in flour

The Welsh and Scottish health ministers want Jeremy Hunt to act to reduce neural tube defects in babies.
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Portsmouth hospital missed lung cancer cases

A national review is taking place after the failings were uncovered by the health watchdog.
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Care homes: Public ‘pay unfair fees to plug £1bn shortfall’

Charges after death and over-the-top upfront fees for self-funders highlighted by the markets watchdog.
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Scarlet fever cases hit 50-year high in England

Experts are unable to explain why the contagious disease is on the increase in England.
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Viagra can be sold over the counter

Men will no longer require a GP’s prescription to obtain the impotence drug, regulators have decided.
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Pharma deals are ‘vote of confidence’, says government

Plans to build new biotech research centres come as the government announces its industrial strategy.
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Give child ‘super-spreaders’ flu vaccine, say experts

NHS bosses say children should be vaccinated, as they could put relatives at risk of getting the flu.
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Vaginal mesh operations should be banned, says NICE

Implants can cut into the vagina – and some women have been left in permanent pain, unable to walk.
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Home Office review over harassment at abortion clinics

Concerns about the tactics used by some protesters prompted the Home Office review.
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NHS watchdog staff ‘told not to criticise’ Welsh Government

Staff working for NHS watchdogs facing the axe say they have been told not to embarrass the Welsh Government.
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‘The seizures have got more frequent and more violent’

Services to diagnose, treat and provide on-going care are failing patients across the spectrum of neurological disorders, according to a latest report
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Virtual reality used during cystic fibrosis treatment

Cystic fibrosis patients can now use virtual reality safaris to distract them from treatment.
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Women have 1.9 children on average, a record low

Women in England and Wales are having 1.9 children on average, fewer than their mothers who had 2.2 children.
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Avatar therapy ‘reduces power of schizophrenia voices’

Patients became less distressed and heard voices less often compared with those who had counselling.
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Three cups of coffee a day ‘may have health benefits’

But there is no reason to start drinking coffee for health reasons, the BMJ study found.
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The NHS will get extra money – chancellor

Philip Hammond promises immediate cash injection for this winter as he unveils the Budget.
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NHS overcharged by millions for key drug, says watchdog

A 6,000% price rise in an essential thyroid drug led the NHS to overpay, the UK competition body says.
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Young people ‘experimenting more in bed’

Study reveals increasing diversity in young people’s heterosexual practices.
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Autism concern over home schooling rise in Wales

Many autistic children are struggling to cope in schools and are being removed, a charity warns.
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Social care: MPs seek cross-party group to ‘sustain’ NHS

Ninety MPs write to the PM, saying patients are being “failed” by strained NHS social care services.
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Dog owners have lower mortality, study finds

Researchers found a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in owners of dogs, especially hunting breeds.
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First gene-editing in human body attempt

Gene-editing has been attempted on cells inside a patient, in a world first by doctors in California.
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Supreme Court backs Scottish minimum alcohol pricing

Scotland is set to be the first country in the world to establish a minimum price per unit of alcohol.
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FDA approves ‘trackable’ pill

The schizophrenia tablets have an embedded sensor that tells doctors whether the patient has taken them.
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Sex unlikely to cause cardiac arrest, study finds

Sudden cardiac arrest is linked to sexual activity far more often in men than women, a study finds.
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UK most overweight country in Western Europe says OECD

Britain’s obesity rates rising faster than any other developed nation, with 63% of UK adults overweight.
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‘I’m dealing with life-threatening situations – but I’m not a clinician, I’m a mum’

Children with life-limiting illnesses are being denied out of hours care, according to a new report.
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Sick baby’s treatment ‘should continue’, High Court told

Doctors say giving further intensive care treatment to Isaiah Hasstrup is not in his best interests.
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Did you know you should give under-fives vitamin tablets?

Many parents are unaware of this vitamin supplement advice, a study finds.
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‘No-consent’ circumcision doctor will not be prosecuted

A doctor who circumcised a boy without his mother’s consent will not be prosecuted.
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Blood vending machine ‘a first’ for NI

Blood vending machines are in operation the US and London, but it is a first for Northern Ireland.
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Cervical cancer jab women will ‘only need three smears’

Since 2008, the HPV vaccine has been offered to girls aged 11 to 13 and reported HPV cases have fallen.
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Birth complications ‘twice as common’ in some hospitals

Women are twice as likely to suffer serious blood loss and severe tears during childbirth in some hospitals, an audit of maternity services found.
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Daytime wounds ‘heal more quickly’

An average 11-day difference in recovery rates for burns may be explained by the body clock, a study says.
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Breast cancer ‘can return 15 years after treatment ends’

Extending treatment with hormone therapy could reduce the risk of it recurring.
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We want our Brexit cash boost – NHS boss

NHS England’s Simon Stevens says the service needs the money that was promised in the referendum.
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NHS staff ‘working on edge of safety’

Demand for services is outstripping the rise in the number of people employed by the health service in England.
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Malaria breath test shows promise

People with the disease give off a distinctive “breath-print” that could aid rapid diagnosis, say experts.
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‘UK wellbeing rises after Brexit vote’

There have been small but significant improvements in people’s happiness in the last year, say UK officials.
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NHS offers smartphone GP appointments

Trials will take place in London where 3.5 million patients will be able to have video consultations via smartphone.
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Psychiatrist vacancies ‘double in four years’ in England

One in 10 consultant roles is currently unfilled in England, says the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
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Surrogate mother of ‘twins’ finds one is hers

Jessica Allen became pregnant with her own child while she was carrying another baby as a surrogate.
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Contaminated blood scandal to have ‘full statutory inquiry’

The decision was made after victims and families expressed strong views.
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Overnight carer back pay scheme ‘unaffordable’

Care providers are being asked to pay sleep-in staff the minimum wage, rather than a flat rate.
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Early blood test could indicate risk of miscarriage

US doctors say they have found molecules in the blood that can detect serious birth complications.
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The £97m bill for ‘midwife shortage’

Maternity services are relying on expensive overtime and agency staff to fill rotas in the UK, union leaders say.
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The nurse hired to combat cancer myths online

A cancer charity said myths online leave patients “scared and at risk of bogus cures”.
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NHS Airbnb-style scheme ‘not ruled out’ by minister

A minister says the idea of patients being discharged to people’s spare rooms must be scrutinised.
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Marriage may protect against dementia

The closeness of friendships also seemed to be more important than the number.
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NHS ‘could have prevented’ WannaCry ransomware attack

Recommendations which could have stopped the WannaCry ransomware attack were ignored, a report says.
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Mental health sees 300,000 people leave their jobs each year

Bosses are urged to help struggling staff, with mental health work plans and encouraging open discussion.
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E-cigarettes: Cross-party group of MPs launches inquiry

They worry there are “significant gaps” in what we know about them and how they are regulated.
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Patients need rest, not antibiotics, say health officials

Health officials say many illnesses get better on their own and patients don’t need prescriptions.
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Taxpayer-funded drugs ‘too expensive for patients’

Campaigners say UK taxpayers “effectively pay twice” for medicines, increasing NHS budget pressures.
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Pollution linked to one in six deaths

Pollution has been linked to nine million deaths each year worldwide, according to a report in The Lancet.
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‘Steep rise’ in self-harm among teenage girls

Researchers say it is likely the increase is real and not just down to better awareness from GPs.
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Dyslexia link to eye spots confusing brain, say scientists

Experts say the findings are exciting but unlikely to explain the reasons for all dyslexia.
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Check NHS cancer, A&E and operations targets in your area

Use our tracker to check whether your local services are meeting strict waiting-time targets for cancer, routine operations and A&E.
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Restaurant chain ‘cut sugary drink sales’ with price rise

A fall in sales of high-sugar drinks in Jamie’s Italian restaurant chain was linked to the levy and menu changes.
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Hip implant patients sue manufacturer

More than 300 individuals want compensation for injuries they claim were caused by DePuy metal-on-metal hips.
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NHS patients to be asked about sexuality

NHS England says the question will deter discrimination against lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
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Magic mushrooms can ‘reset’ depressed brain

Psilocybin – the hallucinogenic ingredient in mushrooms – may help in depression, a study suggests.
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DNA study provides insight into how to live longer

A year in school adds nearly a year to your life, study in Edinburgh shows.
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NHS staff urged to get flu jabs to protect patients

Getting vaccinated is the best way to stop flu spreading and protect patients, NHS leaders say.
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UK eggs declared safe 30 years after salmonella scare

Young children, pregnant women and other vulnerable groups can safely eat raw eggs, say UK food experts.
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NHS future precarious, says regulator

Staff shortages and rising demand means standards are likely to slip, says England’s regulator.
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Both sexes ‘should be taught about periods together at school’ – charity

A charity says not talking about periods can be damaging and wants it to be discussed in class.
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Gene test ‘narrows down breast cancer risk’

It could reduce the number of mastectomies among high-risk women, researchers say.
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Trump rolls back access to free birth control

The new rule could strip birth control coverage from millions of women, demolishing an Obama provision.
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Father loses IVF damages claim

Father loses damages claim against London IVF clinic after ex-partner forged his signature to use frozen embryos.
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Noel Conway: Terminally ill man loses right-to-die case

Motor neurone disease patient fails to persuade the High Court to change the law on assisted dying.
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First global pledge to end cholera by 2030

Global health officials are committing to preventing 90% of cholera deaths in the next 13 years.
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Flu vaccine: NHS patients wanted to test ‘universal’ jab

The experimental vaccine should work against most flu types and offer years of protection, research says.
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Body clock scientists win Nobel Prize

Understanding how our bodies keep time has “vast implications” for health, say Nobel committee.
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Mental health: 10 charts on the scale of the problem

Ten charts that show how mental illness affects people in the UK.
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NHS ‘not fit for 21st Century’, says chief hospital inspector

Professor Ted Baker says the NHS has not modernised because of a historic lack of investment.
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NHS agrees to fund ‘life-changing’ drug for seven-year-old

The child has a rare condition which could cause brain damage if his diet is not controlled.
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DNA surgery on embryos removes disease

A Chinese team corrected the potentially fatal blood disorder beta-thalassemia.
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UK ‘eliminates measles’ for first time

The country stops the disease from freely circulating, but small numbers of cases are still occurring.
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Vegetative-state patient responds to therapy

Surgeons fit a nerve stimulator into the man’s chest to reverse 15 years of unresponsive wakefulness.
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£1.4m mental health project to help school pupils

A trial is launched to help pupils showing early signs of anxiety, depression or self-harm.
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Abortion should not be a crime, says doctors’ body

The pregnancy association votes to regulate terminations in line with other medical procedures.
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Alarm as ‘super malaria’ spreads in South East Asia

The usual treatments are failing 60% of the time in some regions of Cambodia, scientists say.
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Quit smoking campaign Stoptober backs e-cigs for first time

Stoptober promotes vaping for the first time, as studies suggest a record for successful quit attempts.
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Life-extending lung cancer nivolumab drug approved

The drug nivolumab, denied to writer AA Gill on the NHS, will be available to patients in England.
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Nerf guns can lead to serious eye injuries, doctors warn

Medics said they had treated patients with internal bleeding around the eye and blurred vision.
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‘Kinder treatments in pipeline’ for child brain cancer

Researchers discover that there are seven types of most common malignant child brain cancer.
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Every childhood vaccine may go into a single jab

US scientists say their technology could have a “significant impact” around the world.
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Roger Bainton: Surgeon struck off for harming patients

Roger Bainton carried out dozens of unnecessary operations and “experimental procedures”.
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Type 2 diabetes plan targets those at high risk

People at the highest risk should be offered weight loss and healthy eating programmes, advice says.
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Women ‘more likely to lose interest in sex than men’

A lack of emotional closeness affects both men and women’s desire for sex, a study suggests.
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Ian Paterson: Victims of disgraced surgeon get £37m

Disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson carried out hundreds of botched operations on his patients.
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NHS checks ‘should be done at shops and stadiums’

Health officials say the novel approach could save lives by spotting the early signs of disease.
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Sepsis: Some NHS hospitals missing treatment target

The health secretary says the NHS in England must improve sepsis treatment and screening.
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‘Medical opinions ignored’ by NHS payment assessor, workers say

Health workers tell the BBC the assessments left some patients being denied NHS care.
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Beware of social media during terror events, NHS guidelines warn

Recounting events can make people “relive the worst parts”, and may open themselves up to trolling.
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Girl’s donated organs help a record eight people

The parents of Jemima Layzell, 13, said they were very proud of her legacy.
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Public ‘tricked’ into buying unhealthy food

“Upselling” is fuelling obesity by persuading people to buy larger portions, say health officials.
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Endometriosis: My life full of pain

One in 10 women has it, but getting help for endometriosis is a long and difficult journey for most.
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Zika virus used to treat aggressive brain cancer

The infection kills off cancerous cells and leaves healthy ones unharmed, animal studies show.
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‘I was told I’d be fired because of migraines’

Employers are not good enough at supporting staff with migraines, say three UK charities.
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The worst is yet to come for the NHS – hospital chiefs

Hospital chiefs in England warn this winter could be the most difficult in recent history.
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Boots staff ‘harassed’ by morning-after pill campaigners

Pharmacy claims charity BPAS encouraged “personal abuse” in a dispute over morning-after pill costs.
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One in three ‘sick notes’ for mental health, says NHS

One in three “sick notes” issued by GPs are for mental health problems, a new NHS report shows.
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NHS launches £100m drive to recruit foreign GPs

Contracts offered to recruitment agencies to help NHS boost workforce by 5,000 GPs.
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New meningitis test ‘could save lives’

Existing tests are too slow in an emergency, say scientists, who are asking doctors to try out their alternative.
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Some women need a hysterectomy after sterilisation device Essure

One woman says the pain “felt like I was dying” after her Essure sterilisation implant was fitted.
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Anti-inflammatory drug ‘cuts heart attack risk’

Canakinumab could herald a “new frontier” in treatment, but questions remain about its side-effects.
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‘A pedometer saved my life’: How I became fit in my 60s

After decades of eating and drinking too much, Graham Ward was diagnosed with type II diabetes.
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Family members shave heads to raise money for cancer

Parents, partners and loved ones of people with cancer have their heads shaved to show their support. It was part of Macmillan Cancer Support’s Brave the Shave campaign.
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Stopping conflict ‘boiling over’ at children’s hospitals

Hospitals in London and Southampton think they have found a way of resolving disputes over children’s care.
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Middle-aged told to walk faster

Health officials warn falling activity rates as people age are putting their health at risk.
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Johnson & Johnson faces $417m payout in latest talc case

The payout – to a woman who developed ovarian cancer – is the largest award so far against the firm.
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