Hot summer leading to ‘toxic’ algae

Blooms have flourished during the warm spell but they pose a health risk to humans and animals.
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Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.7bn damages in talc cancer case

It is the largest payout over allegations that Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products cause cancer.
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Heatwave causes spike in insect bite calls to NHS

Horsefly bites are painful and can lead to a skin infection that may require antibiotics, say doctors.
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Seven-year-old granted cannabis licence

It is the first time a long-term license for the use of the drug is granted in the UK under the new panel system.
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The eye doctor who could not see the stars

Dr Andrew Bastawrous has invented an app that has been shown in clinical trials to help more children see clearly.
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Mencap wins ‘unaffordable’ overnight back pay appeal

The charity argued it would be forced out of business by a £400m bill for the past six years.
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Emerging sex disease MG ‘could become next superbug’

It can lead to an infection of the reproductive organs in women that can cause infertility.
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Immediate stop to NHS mesh operations

Mesh must not be routinely used to treat women with stress urinary incontinence, NHS England told.
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Womb cancer: ‘I could have suffered less with earlier diagnosis’

It is the fourth most common cancer in UK women but few know the symptoms to look out for.
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HIV vaccine shows promise in human trial

The “mosaic” vaccine produced an anti-HIV immune-system response in tests on 393 people.
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Supermarkets recall frozen vegetables over listeria fears

A major supplier to UK supermarkets recalls 43 products over fears they contain the bacteria listeria.
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‘I never thought I’d be alive to pay back my huge debt’

A mental health charity says people with debt problems are twice as likely to develop major depression.
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Swansea beach BBQ burns skin off feet of boy aged two

“His blisters had to be burst and the damaged skin scraped off,” the boy’s mother said.
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Billy Caldwell: Emergency medicine licence enables boy to return to NI

NI health department issues emergency licence allowing doctors to treat young boy with medicinal cannabis.
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Nurse Lucy Letby arrested over Chester Hospital baby deaths

Detectives are searching a house connected to Lucy Letby after the deaths of eight babies at a hospital.
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Sperm quality improved by adding nuts to diet, study says

Men who ate about two handfuls of nuts a day improved sperm count and vitality, a study finds.
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Countess of Chester Hospital: Woman held in baby deaths probe

A healthcare professional is being held over the deaths of eight babies at a Cheshire hospital.
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Should Love Island surgery ads be banned?

The head of NHS England is concerned cosmetic surgery adverts in Love Island put pressure on viewers.
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Artificial ovary fertility treatment developed by scientists

The treatment is aimed at women who are at risk of becoming infertile, such as those who receive chemotherapy.
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NHS planning ‘extensively’ for no-deal Brexit

The boss of NHS England says ensuring medical supplies continue is “right at the top of the list”.
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Gosport hospital deaths: Nurses were ‘making patients comfortable’

More than 450 patients died after being prescribed painkillers at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.
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NHS England to stop ‘ineffective’ treatments

Tonsils removal and breast reductions are among 17 procedures that will be offered to fewer patients.
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Seeing the same doctor over time ‘lowers death rates’

Continuity of care really is a matter of life and death, a review of studies suggests.
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Deprived areas ‘have five times more fast food outlets’

Local authorities should restrict planning applications for fast food outlets, Public Health England says.
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Patients criticised for rating GPs’ looks on social media

Images are being shared without doctors’ consent, the British Medical Association’s annual meeting hears.
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Tax over-40s for old age care, say MPs

The cross-party groups also say retired people with generous pensions and investments should pay too.
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NHS ‘poor’ on treating deadly illnesses

The UK system criticised on its track record of caring for heart attacks, strokes and cancer.
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University student suicide rates revealed

The Office for National Statistics publishes higher education suicide rates for the first time.
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Child obesity plan targets sweets at checkouts

New measures also aim to limit junk food ads and end the sale of energy drinks to children.
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Cyan colour hidden ingredient in sleep

Adding or removing the colour cyan can have an impact on sleep, according to biologists.
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WHO gaming disorder listing a ‘moral panic’, say experts

Experts say the WHO’s decision risks “pathologising” a behaviour that is harmless for most people.
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Cases of cancer in elderly to surge by 2035, report says

By 2035 about 234,000 over-75s will get cancer each year – up from 130,000 now, a report estimates.
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Gosport hospital deaths: Prescribed painkillers ‘shortened 456 lives’

There was “disregard for human life” in prescribing drugs at the Gosport hospital, a report finds.
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Medicinal cannabis use to be reviewed by government

But Home Secretary Sajid Javid says the ban on recreational use of the drug will continue.
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NHS funding: Theresa May unveils £20bn boost

The PM says it will be part-funded by a “Brexit dividend” but Labour says this is a “hypothetical” windfall.
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Cannabis oil row: Epileptic boy will have supply returned

Twelve-year-old to get oil for “medical emergency” after it was confiscated, home secretary says.
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Children in England consuming ‘twice as much sugar as recommended’

Youngsters in England have consumed their recommended 2018 sugar allowance before the end of June.
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Unfit in middle age: Are you doomed?

How bad is a lack of fitness in middle age and is it condemning you to bad health in the future?
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Could your medications be making you depressed?

A US study finds many commonly-used drugs may increase the risk of the condition.
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More cuts to care on way – council chiefs

Vulnerable elderly and disabled people will lose out, campaigners warn, as councils feel the squeeze.
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New measures to protect doctors after Bawa-Garba case

Jeremy Hunt says patient safety will improve if staff can learn from their mistakes.
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Tea towels ‘can cause food poisoning’

Scientists found E.coli was more likely to be found on damp towels and those used for multiple jobs.
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Birthday Honours 2018: Health workers honoured in NHS 70th year

One in eight people honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours is a health worker.
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NHS staff vote for 6.5% pay deal

More than one million NHS staff in England will receive the three-year pay deal backdated from April.
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Why beige carbs are the ones to avoid – Dr Xand van Tulleken

Low-carb diets have been around for a while but did you know the colour of the carbs you eat also matters, says Dr Xand van Tulleken.
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Syphilis and gonorrhoea up by one-fifth

Both sexually transmitted infections have gone up by about 20% in England in 2017, figures reveal.
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Rikke Schmidt Kjaergaard on surviving being ‘locked’ inside her body.

Rikke Schmidt Kjaergaard’s heart stopped for 40 seconds – and then she became ‘locked’ inside her body.
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Prostate cancer immune system drug results could be ‘spectacular’

Immunotherapy treatment could provide “spectacular” results for some patients, doctors say.
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Breast cancer: Test means fewer women will need chemotherapy

From Monday, about 70% of women with early stage cancer may be able to avoid the gruelling treatment.
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‘Virtual brain operation’ moves a step closer to reality

Software that can map the structure of an individual human brain is being trialled in tumour patients.
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Rise in ‘preventable’ emergency readmissions to hospital

Undiagnosed pneumonia and pressure sores are behind the rise in hospitals in England.
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Study casts doubt on ‘healthy obesity’

Fat but otherwise healthy women are still likelier to have a stroke or heart attack, a study says.
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‘Ban cartoon characters’ on unhealthy food, MPs say

Tony the Tiger and the Milky Bar Kid should no longer be used to promote items to children, MPs say.
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Vaccine for cancer that killed Tessa Jowell ‘remarkably promising’

A treatment for the cancer that killed Tessa Jowell could help to extend lives, a trial suggests.
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Hunt ‘determined’ to eliminate doctors’ gender pay gap

Female doctors are paid on average £10,000 less than male doctors in England, figures show.
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Boots owner denies overcharging NHS for cancer mouthwash

A Times newspaper investigation found the NHS was charged £3,220 for a mouthwash used by cancer patients.
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YouTube stars ‘might encourage kids to eat more calories’

Social media stars Zoella and Alfie Deyes feature in a study into the protection of children online.
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Breast screen error ‘could have been spotted earlier’

A leading cancer expert says the problems date back to 2005, but no one was properly checking the data.
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Tax rises needed ‘to prevent NHS misery’

Influential economists argue an extra £2,000 per UK household is needed over the next 15 years.
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Campaigners in court over NHS policy

The group – backed by Prof Stephen Hawking before his death – is challenging creation of new health management bodies.
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Missing microbes ’cause’ childhood cancer

Early exposure to microbes may help protect children against a type of leukaemia, says a UK scientist.
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Patients lose hip replacement court case

Judge finds disputed metal-on-metal hip replacement “not defective” in group action at High Court.
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Are we eating at the wrong time for our body clocks?

Is when we eat clashing with our circadian rhythms and could changing our mealtime habits boost our health?
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Growing resistance to antifungal drugs ‘a global issue’

Scientists warn this could lead to more outbreaks of disease and affect people who are already ill.
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Dementia exercise programmes ‘don’t slow brain decline’

Gym exercise programmes for people with mild to moderate dementia “don’t work”, researchers say.
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Heavy-period drug can treat brain haemorrhage

Tranexamic acid can stem dangerous bleeding in the brain, trials show.
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Nurse: ‘I’ve been hit, head-butted and taken hostage’

An A&E nurse opens up about life on the front line as the profession considers asking for body cameras.
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Severe allergic reactions in surgery ’caused by antibiotics’

Anaesthetists say deaths could have been prevented with better knowledge of patient allergies.
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‘Three-quarters of public worried about nurse staffing’

Nurse leaders brand staffing levels in NHS dangerous as public express concern about numbers.
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‘Nursing took me to the South Pole’

From expeditions in Antarctica to rescuing swimmers, three nurses tell their surprising stories.
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Foreign worker charge ‘tears families apart’

Nurses from overseas who work in the NHS should not be charged to receive healthcare, union leaders say.
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London Mayor Sadiq Khan plans TfL ‘junk food’ advert ban

Mayor Sadiq Khan says a ban could tackle the “ticking time bomb” of child obesity.
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Cancer delays ‘leave patients at risk’

UK struggling to hit cancer targets as number of cancelled operations hit record high in England.
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HPV jab safe and effective, study finds

Trials show the vaccine is low risk and protects girls and young women against a virus linked to cervical cancer.
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Chronic fatigue syndrome treatment ‘should be withdrawn’

A leading expert on the illness says some people are being harmed by graded exercise therapy (GET).
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Improved mental health care funding for new mums

New and expectant mums are to benefit from improved access to mental health services in England.
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UK parks boost quality of life by £34bn

It is also estimated green spaces save the NHS about £111m a year in prevented GP visits.
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Junior doctors’ job offers withdrawn after blunder

Junior doctors face emotional and financial upheaval after an unacceptable error, a doctors’ union says.
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Breast cancer screening programme ‘does more harm than good’

A group of doctors say any women offered catch-up appointments should “carry on with their lives”.
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Regular fast food eating linked to fertility issues in women

Women who eat fast food regularly and not enough fruit are more likely to struggle to conceive, a study suggests.
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Worcestershire hospital ‘failed’ dead eight-year-old

A coroner recorded a narrative verdict and said not giving the boy a blood test was a “failure”.
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Breast screening error angers survivor and family of deceased

A man says his wife might have lived if she had not been one of 450,000 women who missed being screened.
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UK’s most polluted towns and cities revealed

Areas above the limit include London and Manchester, with the Welsh town Port Talbot the worst.
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Breast scan error ‘shortened up to 270 lives’ – Hunt

Hundreds of women in England may have died prematurely after failing to receive breast scan invitations.
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Trust recalls 2,500 patients over treatment fears

The recall comes after a review of a neurology consultant at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.
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Jamie Oliver calls on Theresa May to act on childhood obesity

Jamie Oliver and fellow celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall are giving evidence to MPs.
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‘The NHS treatment that caused my cancer’

Thousands want answers after being infected with hepatitis C and HIV from contaminated blood products.
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‘Hiding at the back of the gym crying’

Craig Toley reveals how he dealt with a cancer diagnosis as men are urged to talk more about the illness.
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Leaky roofs, pest control ‘risking NHS patient safety’ – Labour

The Labour Party says some individual trusts are facing huge bills for maintenance work.
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Health bosses criticise visa rules for doctors

Health bosses warning patients are facing delays and rotas going unfilled because of cap on non-EU workers.
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Primary school mental health counselling may help economy, study says

Research estimates that every £1 spent on one-to-one counselling could earn a societal return of £6.20.
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Dementia risk linked to some medicines

Up to two million people in England take anticholinergics, for depression and Parkinson’s disease.
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New prostate therapy recommended on NHS

It’s non-surgical and can treat an enlarged, non-cancerous condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia.
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New ban on epilepsy drug in pregnancy

Valproate will no longer be given to girls and women of childbearing age unless they sign a consent form.
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Alfie Evans: Protesters try to storm Alder Hey hospital

About 200 people gather outside Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in support of the terminally ill toddler.
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Why a faecal transplant could save your life

Patient’s lives are being saved by poo, but how far can microbial medicine go?
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Cystic fibrosis: Company urged to lower cost of life-changing drug

Health ministers call on company to lower price of cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi so the NHS can afford it.
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‘World’s worst’ super-gonorrhoea man cured

The patient had a lucky escape say doctors, but now two more cases have been discovered.
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Being a patient ‘a full-time job’

Rising numbers of people have multiple health conditions, leading to endless appointments and check-ups.
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Skin implant could help warn of cancer, scientists say

It works by detecting elevated levels of calcium in the blood linked to some cancers.
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Migraine: New drug works when others fail, researchers say

The monthly injection could be approved for NHS use by next year, experts hope.
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Vaginal mesh surgery: NHS releases new figures

England’s most senior doctor is told to urgently respond to new data on vaginal mesh surgeries.
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Jérôme Hamon: Frenchman gets ‘third face’ in new transplant

Jérôme Hamon is the first patient to have two facial transplants and says he is doing well.
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Ketamine has ‘fast-acting benefits’ for depression

A study treating depressed patients with the drug via a nasal spray saw “significant improvements”.
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Genes behind deadly heart condition found, scientists say

Genes are found that cause a heart disease that kills 50% of victims within five years.
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Regular excess drinking can take years off your life, study finds

People who drink more than 18 drinks a week could live four to five years less as a result, a study says.
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The 10 worst A&Es for waits revealed

A BBC analysis has identified the services with the worst waiting times as performance slumps to record low.
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Private hospitals warned over surgeons

Inspectors warn private hospitals that the lessons of rogue surgeon Ian Paterson must be learned.
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Man in hospital after eating world’s hottest chilli

After eating a Carolina Reaper, a man experienced “thunderclap” headaches and went to a New York hospital.
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More than half your body is not human

Human cells make up only 43% of the body’s total cell count, while the rest are microscopic colonists.
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Prostate cancer: Four in 10 cases diagnosed late, charity says

A report by the charity Orchid found 37% of prostate cancer cases are diagnosed in the late stages.
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Long NHS waits: My child flew to Turkey for op

Fourteen-year-old girl had to go abroad for spinal surgery because of delays in Northern Ireland.
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Ipswich Hospital reviews policy after Ed Sheeran visit

Singer Ed Sheeran was treated at Ipswich Hospital after he broke his elbow and wrist.
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Reclassify cancers to improve treatment, researchers say

Cancers should be classed by similarities in tumour types, not by where they are formed, a study says.
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Soft drink sugar tax starts, but will it work?

Half of manufacturers cut sugar content, with ministers calling it a good start in fight against obesity.
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Women in NHS paid 23% less than men

Official data covers basic pay of more than one million workers, including doctors, managers and nurses.
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Obesity-related hospital admissions ‘double in four years’

There were 617,000 hospital admissions in England in 2016-17 where obesity was a factor.
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‘One-stop shops’ set to speed up cancer diagnosis

The aim is to stop patients from being referred for several tests for different forms of the illness.
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Man has ‘world’s worst’ super-gonorrhoea

It is the first ever case that is resistant to the main antibiotic treatment.
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NHS no to dandruff and diarrhoea treatment

Crackdown on 35 “minor” treatments in cost cutting drive by NHS bosses – but patient group concerned about poorest.
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Paramedics set to prescribe medicines

Up to seven out of 10 people currently seen by paramedics may need help but not a hospital visit.
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Hospital’s ‘artificial feeding’ letter to mothers criticised

The hospital described mothers who use formula milk as “artificially” feeding babies.
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We’ve not got enough beds or staff – NHS bosses

Managers warn 2018-19 will be hard with one in 12 posts vacant and hospitals short of up to 15,000 beds.
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Teenagers urged to take part in meningitis B vaccine trial

Researchers hope the study of 24,000 will cut infections in the young and the wider community.
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Hospitals ‘failing’ on genetic bowel cancer test

A charity says that more than 80% are failing to test for the genetic condition Lynch syndrome.
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Southern Health fined £2m over deaths of two patients

Southern Health admitted failings over the deaths of Teresa Colvin and Connor Sparrowhawk.
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NHS: Over 3,000 more midwifery training places offered

Midwife representatives welcome the move but say more training places “is only half of the problem”.
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Tuberculosis rates in England fall by third in six years

But England still has one of the highest rates of the disease in Western Europe.
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Rise in cancers ’caused by weight’

Excess weight now causes 6.3% of all cancer cases – up from 5.5% in 2011, a study suggests.
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A blueberry muffin ‘could have day’s worth of sugar’

Health experts say the researchers’ findings show how easy it is to consume “huge” amounts of sugar.
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NHS pay: Unions agree deal for 1.3 million staff

Unions back a deal that gives NHS staff a minimum pay rise of more than 6% over three years.
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Under-doctored areas to get new medical schools

New courses are in under-doctored areas as ministers set out plans to expand student places by 25%.
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More evidence essential oils ‘make male breasts develop’

A study finds chemicals in lavender and tea tree oil appear to be hormone disruptors.
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Men with low sperm counts at increased risk of illness, study suggests

A study finds men with low sperm counts are more likely to have health issues that put them at risk.
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Hundreds of nurses ‘hit by student loan errors’

Nursing students at a number of universities struggle with student loan overpayments, says the nurses’ union.
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TV anchor Andrea McLean: ‘Give menopausal women M badges’

ITV’s Andrea McLean, who reached early menopause, tells commuters to cut hot flush sufferers “slack”.
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Pharmacists to ‘cut care home medicines’

The plan aims to review the number of medicines taken by residents, which can be 10 or more.
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‘I was suicidal and the NHS didn’t know what to do’

At the age of 17 Sherry Denness tried to kill herself nine times in 10 days, and only then got the help she needed.
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Women missing from breast implant register

NHS Digital says all cases should be logged by clinics to help them keep tabs on any safety issues.
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Thousands more women with heavy periods to be offered test

A hysteroscopy examines the inside of the womb and improves diagnoses, health officials say.
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Chinese takeaway can bust your salt allowance

Some takeaway dishes have half an adult’s recommended daily allowance in just one dish, an analysis finds.
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Muscle loss in old age linked to fewer nerve signals

Research finds that nerves controlling the legs decrease by around 30% by the age of 75.
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Northampton General Hospital: Man, 85, ‘died due to overcrowding’

“A patient died due entirely to the dangerous overcrowding of the department,” a leaked email says.
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Sir John Sulston human genome pioneer dies

Sir John Sulston, a key figure in the race to decode the human genome, has died at the age of 75.
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Women regret casual sex less if they take the initiative

A study finds women have fewer regrets about casual sex if they initiated it and the sex was good.
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Number of child and adolescent psychiatrists falling

The Royal College of Psychiatrists wants the government to allow more recruitment from overseas.
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Talks on three-year pay deal for NHS staff ‘positive’

Unions want a deal well above the 1% public sector pay cap imposed by ministers in recent years.
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Patients ‘left in pain’ by surgery delays

Surgeons say those waiting for hip and knee treatment are worst affected by decisions to put off operations.
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Two critical after Salisbury substance ‘exposure’

The pair were found in Salisbury city centre, where several locations have been cordoned off.
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Energy drinks: UK supermarkets ban sales to under-16s

Boots becomes the latest retailer to introduce an age limit to the high-caffeine and sugary drinks.
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Prostate test ‘breakthrough’ in NHS trial

Diagnosis times for the condition could be reduced from six weeks to a matter of days.
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Is it wrong to be blunt about obesity?

A comedian says a cancer campaign about obesity is “damaging”. Is it wrong to be blunt about weight?
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