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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Vaginal seeding after Caesarean ‘risky’, warn doctors

Swabs of vaginal bacteria, which some say helps the immune system, may be doing more harm than good.
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Green man road crossings ‘too fast’

Guidance calls for councils in England to make it easier for elderly and disabled people to cross the road.
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Matt Dawson’s life changed by a tick bite

A bacterial infection spread through the former England rugby player’s body after he was bitten.
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Newcastle health boss Sir Leonard Fenwick sacked

Longest serving NHS chief executive Sir Leonard Fenwick called it “an orchestrated witch hunt”.
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Stephen Hawking: I’m worried about the future of the NHS

Cambridge professor criticises health secretary and warns about role of private sector in the NHS.
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Calories in popular foods must be cut, say health officials

Health officials target pizzas, burgers and ready meals to help tackle child obesity in government drive.
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Peanut allergy treatment ‘lasts up to four years’

Four years after children in a study took the oral treatment, 70% had no allergic reaction to peanuts.
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Time spent frail in old age ‘doubles’

More care homes are needed as an ageing population puts pressure on services, researchers suggest.
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Japanese fungus spreading in UK hospitals

More than 200 patients have been infected, but none has died, Public Health England confirms.
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Anger and hatred can make us feel happy, says study

People have higher life satisfaction if they feel emotions they desire – even if they are unpleasant.
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Type 2 diabetes rise in children ‘disturbing’

More than 600 children and teenagers are being treated for the condition in England and Wales, experts warn.
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GM pigs take step to being organ donors

Pigs have been freed of viruses that stop them being viable organ donors.
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Widow shocked over husband’s ‘avoidable’ death

Princess Diana’s ex-doctor is being sued by the woman, who alleges negligence in her husband’s treatment.
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Medical school places to increase next year

Having pledged a 25% rise in student doctors, the government confirms a smaller increase for next year.
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PKU funding battle: Family wins High Court challenge over drug

A High Court judge has quashed an NHS decision not to fund the seven-year-old’s medication.
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NHS access to IVF being cut in England

A charity is calling for eligible women to be offered three full treatment cycles, as recommended in guidelines.
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Men’s sexist attitudes ‘shaped by first exposure to pornography’

Study finds the younger a man was on first viewing, the more likely he is to want power over women.
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Bed found for suicidal girl after judge’s criticism

The girl’s case prompted criticism from a senior judge, who called the situation “utterly shaming”.
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Ian Paterson: Disgraced breast surgeon has sentence increased

Ian Paterson’s crimes were so serious that a jail term of more than 15 years was needed, judges rule.
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Playing brain games ‘of little benefit’, say experts

Gardening or learning an instrument are better ways to keep the brain sharp, a report says.
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Pancreatic cancer trial: Early surgery boosts success rates

New quicker approach to treatment cuts waiting times for surgery, and reduces cost to the NHS.
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Mental health staff recruitment plan for England

More nurses, consultants and therapists will be among thousands recruited, says the health secretary.
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Charlie Gard parents ‘denied final wish’ for more time

His mother says the couple have had “no control” over their son’s life or death.
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Regret ‘improves children’s decision-making’

The ability to experience regret plays a “crucial role” in children’s development, a study suggests.
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Health regulator to investigate care home rape cover-up claims

The health regulator said it would hold itself to account over “openness and transparency”.
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Slimy slugs inspire ‘potentially lifesaving’ medical glue

The secretion is very strong, moves with the body and sticks to wet surfaces, scientists say.
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Drinking a few times a week ‘reduces diabetes risk’

Wine can protect against the condition – but too much is still a bad thing, the research suggests.
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Should you finish a course of antibiotics?

Experts are divided over whether people should always finish a course of antibiotics.
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Charlie Gard: Judge to decide where baby’s life will end

Baby’s parents want him allowed home, but hospital bosses say a hospice would be a better place.
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Sperm count drop ‘could make humans extinct’

Sperm counts in men from North America, Europe and Australia halve in less than 40 years, research warns.
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Antibody helps keep man’s HIV at bay for 10 months

Injections of “broadly neutralising antibodies” may give hope to HIV patients.
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More than 86,000 NHS posts vacant, says report

An official report suggests the NHS in England is short of thousands of staff – particularly nurses and midwives.
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Charlie Gard parents end legal fight as time runs out for baby

Their lawyer told the High Court “time had run out” for the terminally-ill baby.
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‘Mind-blowing’ cows hold clue to beating HIV

The secret to an HIV vaccine may be in a cow’s tummy, US researchers say.
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Boots apologises for morning-after pill response

The company initially said it didn’t want to “incentivise inappropriate use” of the pill.
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Blood donation rules relaxed for gay men and sex workers

Accurate blood tests mean more groups can give blood safely, experts say.
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NHS plans to scrap homeopathy treatments

The proposals are criticised for “disproportionately affecting” poorer families.
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Boots faces morning-after pill cost row

The pharmacy is accused of keeping prices high to avoid stirring up controversy.
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Nine lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk, study says

They include hearing loss, smoking, and not finishing secondary education, a study says.
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Zion Harvey: Double hand transplant boy plays baseball

World’s first double hand transplant child continues to show improvement two years on.
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Charlie Gard: US doctor meets Great Ormond Street medics

Dr Michio Hirano has been given an honorary contract by Great Ormond Street Hospital.
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Grenfell Tower fire: Two more hospitals fail fire safety checks

Sites told to improve safety and continue with 24-hour fire warden patrols.
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Charlie Gard has 10% chance of improvement, US doctor claims

A US doctor offering to treat Charlie Gard agrees to visit him, if the High Court adjourns.
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Lessons must be learned in tainted blood inquiry, say campaigners

Campaigners in Scotland say there are still questions about how the UK-wide inquiry will be carried out.
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GPs accuse government of ‘long-standing underfunding’

The Royal College of GPs says there is confusion over £500m of future spending commitments.
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£3.4m Pencoed radiology and imaging academy plan unveiled

The National Imaging Academy for Wales, based in Bridgend, is expected to open by mid-2018.
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Teeth-grinding in teens ‘a sign of being bullied’

Schools and parents should be aware of the problem, dental experts say.
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NHS ranked ‘number one’ health system

But study of 11 nations raises concerns about quality of care in UK despite praising efficiency and affordability.
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Fewer ambulance 999 calls to be classed as ‘life-threatening’

NHS bosses say the changes in England will save lives among the sickest patients.
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Do you live in the world’s laziest country?

Scientists use smartphones to track and rank activity levels around the world.
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Measles ‘tragedy’ kills 35 across Europe

World Health Organization calls for “urgent measures” to stop measles spreading.
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Contaminated blood scandal inquiry announced

Inquiry to be held into contaminated blood scandal that left at least 2,400 people dead, the prime minister says.
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Drug industry to challenge Nice over new cost limits

The drug industry is taking legal action over limits introduced on expensive new drugs.
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Kidney cancer drug approved for NHS use in England

It has the potential to stop drug-resistant tumours in some advanced patients.
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Charlie Gard: High Court hears new evidence in case

The 11-month-old’s case has been referred back to court by Great Ormond Street Hospital.
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Contraception fails in quarter of abortions, say experts

More than 14,000 women attending clinics in 2016 had become pregnant despite using contraception.
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Mental health care ‘risks being over-run’

Survey of mental health leaders suggests rising demand and staff shortages are major problems.
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Social media firms urged to tackle online body shaming

Social media firms also need to improve at removing abuse, the Youth Select Committee is told.
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Charlie Gard case: Great Ormond Street in new court bid

Clinicians and medical researchers argue unpublished data suggests his condition could be improved.
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Oral sex spreading unstoppable bacteria

If you get gonorrhoea, you might not be able to get rid of it, world health experts warn.
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