Differences in GP access across England ‘shocking’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A woman’s hysterectomy was postponed four times at a hospital experiencing extreme pressures.
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Gene study unravels redheads mystery

Researchers at Edinburgh University carry out out the largest genetic study of hair colour to date.
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Transplanted organs gave patients cancer

Two people developed cancer after organ donations from a woman who had the undetected disease.
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NHS told to ditch ‘absurd’ fax machines

Almost 9,000 fax machines are currently used by the NHS in England – but that is set to change.
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Xanax: Treatment for addiction rises sharply in children

Experts say young people are finding anti-anxiety drugs online with no idea of their strength.
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No-deal Brexit: Disruption at Dover ‘could last six months’

The government warns about disruption at Channel ports, four days before MPs vote on the PM’s Brexit deal.
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One in three children ‘not active enough’, finds sport survey

Girls do less exercise than boys and children from poorer families are least active, Sport England says.
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First baby born after deceased womb transplant

A woman in Brazil gives birth after surgeons implant a womb in her body from a dead donor.
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Most adults living unhealthy lifestyles

A survey in England suggests nearly 9 in 10 have at least one unhealthy trait such as smoking or drinking.
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‘The NHS turned its back on mum – and it cost us £250,000’

How a family spent thousands of pounds on care after being let down by the health and care system.
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Girl, 4, saves mum with 999 ambulance call

Kaitlyn Wright showed “wisdom beyond her years” talking to the call handler when her mum fell ill.
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Type 2 diabetes: NHS to offer 800-calorie diet treatment

A diet of soups and shakes that can reverse type 2 diabetes is to be trialled by the NHS in England.
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Excess winter deaths highest since 1970s, says ONS

The ineffectiveness of the flu vaccine in older people and cold weather were likely factors in 2017-18.
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Woman’s ovarian cyst ‘weight of seven newborn babies’

When Keely Favell was asked when her baby was due, she thought she was “just fat”.
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NHS crackdown on silk garment prescriptions

There is limited evidence they are effective for patients with eczema and dermatitis, draft guidance says.
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Terminally-ill Noel Conway loses Supreme Court appeal

Noel Conway said he was “extremely disappointed” as his court battle for assisted dying ends.
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Medical device rules need ‘drastic change’ to protect patients

One of Britain’s most influential surgeons says the harms of some devices are unknown.
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The friends who giggled their way to an incontinence business

Friends Judith and Anne turned insecurity after surgery into an environmentally friendly business.
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Tube ‘junk food’ advert ban announced by London mayor

Adverts for fatty, sugary foods will vanish from London’s transport network next year, City Hall says.
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‘Emergency staff failed my suicidal brother’

Too few patients in mental health crisis get the help they need, says report.
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Mental health: One in four young women struggling

Review finds growing number of children and young people in England struggling with problems.
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Gosport hospital deaths: Whistleblowers promised support

More than 450 patients died after being prescribed painkillers at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.
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The hospitals that fail to treat patients on time

Nearly one in five local hospital services have failed to hit their key waiting time targets for a whole year.
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Blackpool hospital medic held over ‘poisoning’ claims

The allegations relate to alleged mistreatment and neglect of some stroke patients in Blackpool.
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Mental health: Firms ask PM to deliver on pledge

Bosses ask the PM to honour a pledge to give it the same status as physical health in the workplace.
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Allied Healthcare to transfer care contracts

The home care provider was warned this month by the care regulator about its financial sustainability.
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Flu vaccine delays for over-65s ‘resolved by weekend’

Patients and GPs have been frustrated by shortages following the staggered supply of the vaccine.
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NHS bosses look to overhaul cancer screening

The announcement comes the day after an “appalling” cervical-screening blunder hits more than 40,000 women.
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Thousands caught up in ‘appalling’ cervical screening blunder

More than 40,000 women have not received information after a failure to send out letters.
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Call for UK ban on ‘grotesquely sugary’ freakshakes

Action on Sugar surveyed milkshakes on sale in the UK – one contained 39 teaspoons of sugar.
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Briton dies from rabies after cat bite in Morocco

The individual was on holiday in Morocco, a country deemed high risk by public health officials.
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‘I was in excruciating pain from excess iron’

Too much iron in the blood, or haemochromatosis, is a little-known, debilitating condition, often undiagnosed.
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NHS outpatients service ‘stuck in the 18th Century’

Doctors says the system of running outpatient appointments is outdated and frustrates their patients.
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‘Remarkable’ decline in fertility rates

Half of the world’s countries now have too few babies being born to maintain their populations.
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Diabetes prescriptions now cost NHS £1bn, figures show

Experts say the costs reflect a huge rise in the number of people with type 2 diabetes.
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Megan Lee: Takeaway bosses jailed over nut allergy death

Megan Lee, 15, suffered irreversible brain damage from a takeaway containing peanut protein.
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Major home care provider future ‘at risk’

Allied Healthcare delivers services to over 13,000 older and vulnerable people across the UK.
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NHS prevention plan aims to boost life expectancy

Look after yourself better, says the health secretary, as he launches a plan to help people live longer.
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Glowing chemical ‘could aid brain cancer surgery’

A chemical that makes brain tumours glow could help surgeons safely remove brain cancer, a study suggests.
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IVF fertility treatment success ’causes fall in adoptions’

The adoption process is also “far too slow”, the boss of the service representing children in care says.
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UK’s ‘unhealthiest’ High Streets revealed

Grimsby was the most unhealthy, with Edinburgh topping the healthiest list of 70 major towns and cities.
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‘Don’t be taken in by anti-vaccine myths on social media’

Parents should ignore the myths and get their children vaccinated, the chief medical officer says.
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Pharma company charged over baby feed ‘contamination’

ITH Pharma is a manufacturer of nutrition given to babies in neonatal intensive care units.
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Unpublished medical research ‘a threat to public health’

Medical decisions are being made without the results of key clinical trials, according to a group of MPs.
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Malaria: Sniffer dogs to help in fight to eradicate disease

The animals recognise tell-tale aromas using clothes from people infected with the disease.
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Plymouth hospital in ‘pioneering’ deal with private health company

The trust said the deal would reduce waiting times but Labour called it ‘front door privatisation’.
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Are supplements safe and do they work?

What are some of the dangers of supplements and how beneficial are they for our health?
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New ‘Trojan horse’ antibiotic promising

It uses a clever trick to sneak inside bacteria in order to kill the bugs.
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Mum’s voice makes better smoke alarm for children

Many more children woke up to a voice-based alarm than a traditional one, a study found.
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Two unborn babies’ spines repaired in womb in UK surgery first

A team of 30 surgeons in London operated on the babies weeks before they were born.
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Will folic acid ever be added to UK flour?

After repeated calls by health campaigners, the government says it will now consult on the issue.
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Why to be wary of eating ‘pink’ lamb

The Food Standards Agency says hundreds of people have become ill after eating the undercooked meat.
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Flu vaccine delays for NI over-65s

Manufacturing constraints mean some jabs won’t be available until late November, says chief medical officer.
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Doctors ‘need to start early conversation with patients about dying’

They shouldn’t shy away when patients want to talk about the end of their lives, a report says.
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Depressed? The places not to live if you need help

NHS talking therapy service is failing patients in one in seven areas of England, BBC analysis shows.
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Baby box safety doubts raised by experts

They say babies should only sleep in them temporarily, with cots and Moses baskets thought to be safer.
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‘Miracle’ baby whose heart stopped for 22 minutes turns one

Doctors say Lacey’s recovery is remarkable and defies the odds – and she should live a normal life.
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Bill Turnbull: Cancer chemo treatment was ‘unbearable’

The presenter says he watched all 67 episodes of Game of Thrones “to pass the time” during treatment.
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Dance lessons for the lonely – on the NHS

GPs in England are to prescribe “social” activities, such as dance and cookery lessons, to tackle loneliness.
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New checks to crack down on free prescription fraud

Checking eligibility before drugs are issued could halve false claims in England, the government says.
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Terminal breast cancer patients ‘abandoned’ in nurse shortage

Thousands of incurable cancer patients are “being denied a dedicated specialist nurse”.
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NHS waste scandal firm has been ‘vilified’, boss says

It comes after Healthcare Environmental Services was stripped of NHS waste handling contracts.
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Severe obesity four times more likely in poor primary schools

Pupils in England’s poorest areas are four times more likely to be severely obese, the latest data shows.
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World Mental Health Day: PM appoints suicide prevention minister

Theresa May says “too many lives” are being taken, as she pledges £1.8m in funds for the Samaritans.
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NHS waste scandal: Handler stripped of contracts

Healthcare Environmental Services had been collecting clinical waste, including body parts.
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‘Higher levels of PTSD among veterans’, says study

Experts point to a loss of support when leaving the army as a probable cause of increased stress.
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Child mental health referrals up 26% in five years, says report

But a substantial number of children are failing to meet thresholds for treatment, a report says.
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Staff ‘afraid to question care’ at Shropshire baby death trust

A former nurse says there was no culture of learning at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.
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NHS waste backlog: Criminal probe over body parts ‘pile-up’

A waste disposal firm was not able to incinerate body parts and other waste collected from hospitals.
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Digital pregnancy tests recalled over inaccurate results

More than 58,000 Clear & Simple tests are affected and have been distributed in the UK.
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Processed meat ‘linked to breast cancer’

The findings come from a review of 15 studies involving more than one million women.
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Antidepressant withdrawal ‘hits millions’

Nearly two million people in England experience bad side-effects when coming off the tablets, experts say.
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Landmark cancer therapy wins Nobel prize for medicine

Two scientists working on immune treatments for cancer have won the 2018 prize for physiology or medicine.
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HIV/Aids: China reports 14% surge in new cases

The vast majority of new cases were transmitted through sex. not blood transfusion as in the past.
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EpiPen users told they can use some devices past normal expiry date

People with severe allergies are advised they can extend their use of certain devices by four months.
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Placenta complications: ‘Women must know the risks’

Previous caesareans and IVF can also increase the risk for expectant mothers, experts say.
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Ambulances not an A&E taxi service, NHS warned

Review criticises ageing fleet, high sickness rates and slow uptake of technology in England.
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Contaminated blood scandal: We are sorry, says government

Lawyers for the government tell public inquiry, “things happened that should not have happened”.
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Life expectancy progress in UK ‘stops for first time’

Improvements have ground to a halt for the first time since records began, in 1982, ONS data shows.
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Contaminated blood scandal: Inquiry ‘must uncover truth’

Inquiry hears emotional testimonies by patients caught up in the “worst-ever NHS treatment disaster”.
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Shropshire hospitals baby deaths review cases rise to over 100

Baby and mother deaths, as well as birth injuries, are being reviewed at hospitals in Shropshire.
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‘I gave birth, and got Hepatitis C’

When Jackie Britton was given a blood transfusion during childbirth, it could have killed her.
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NHS to save ‘hundreds of millions’ in landmark drug ruling

Doctors say the savings could amount to significant improvements in patient care.
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‘Don’t go cold turkey’ to quit smoking

The annual Stoptober campaign launches with a warning to seek help when trying to kick the habit.
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Yoghurts (even organic ones) ‘full of sugar’

Public told not to be lulled into thinking yoghurts are as healthy as many assume.
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Pregnancy weight gain ‘going unmeasured’

Midwives want clear advice about how much weight is healthy for women to put on during pregnancy.
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Deaths spiked during UK heatwave

When temperatures went up in England this summer, so did deaths, Office for National Statistics data shows.
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‘Aspirin-a-day risky in old age’ – major study

Major study suggests elderly people in good health should not take the drug every day.
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Vapers rise ‘to more than three million’ in Britain

Some still believe e-cigarettes are as harmful as smoking, a public health charity says.
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‘My girl’s meningitis was diagnosed as ear infection’

A charity warns the NHS must be more vigilant over deadly meningitis and sepsis cases.
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Cancer waiting times ‘at worst level ever’ in England

The key 62-day target for treatment to start has not been hit since December 2015 in England.
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Women ‘struggling to access contraception’

Doctors warn that contraceptive access is at a “crossroads”, with services being cut across England.
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Middle-aged should have ‘drink-free’ days, say campaigners

The campaign comes as drinkers say cutting back on alcohol is harder than eating healthily or exercising.
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Dementia patients ‘come alive’ in singing classes

Pauline Goodger was amazed when mum Alma, 90, “sang from memory” at the sessions in Nottingham.
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Lung transplant waiting list rise prompts donation plea

Ageing donors and the challenge of matching organs mean lungs are in short supply.
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Inquiry after 54 deaths at Russells Hall Hospital’s A&E

Inspectors raised concerns after examining Russells Hall Hospital’s death records.
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‘Gross failure’ in Kayden Urmston-Bancroft death

Kayden Urmston-Bancroft died of natural causes “contributed to by neglect”, a coroner concludes.
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Deal for NHS to offer exciting new child cancer therapy

The cutting-edge treatment is expensive but could potentially cure children with advanced leukaemia.
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Doctors told to ditch Latin and use ‘plain English’

Doctors must learn a new skill – writing letters that are easier for patients to understand, guidelines say.
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‘Without a heart donor I might not make it’

Gareth Evans has needed a new heart for nine years – showing how more donors are needed, the NHS says.
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Record demand for sexual health services amid spending cuts

Clinics in England say they are struggling to meet a huge increase in visits.
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Artificial intelligence used to predict cancer growth

A new technique picks out patterns in DNA mutation within cancers to forecast future genetic changes.
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Numbers of elderly in 24-hour care set to double by 2035

The social care system is “at breaking point”, a local government official warns.
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Government proposes energy drinks ban for children

High levels of sugar and caffeine have been linked to obesity and other health issues.
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Fifth of 14-year-old girls in UK ‘have self-harmed’

Stereotypes around gender and worries about looks contribute to children’s unhappiness, a report says.
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Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba: GMC boss told position is ‘untenable’

A union leader claims doctors’ confidence in the GMC has collapsed over the Hadiza Bawa-Garba case.
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‘I vomit 30 times a day’ – Caitlin’s dilemma

Perth teenager Caitlin White says all the options of treatment open to her come with health risks.
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Procrastination – it’s all in the mind

Scans show differences in the brains of those who love to put things offs compared with the “doers”.
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Abortion pill can be taken at home in England, under new plan

The change means women will be able to take the second abortion pill at home rather than in a clinic.
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No alcohol safe to drink, global study confirms

The researchers say that the health risks of drinking outweigh any possible benefits.
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Use honey first for a cough, new guidelines say

Antibiotics should rarely be given for coughs – in most cases they do little to help, officials say.
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Children ‘getting sight problems because of eye test delays’

A quarter of school-age children have not had a test, putting them at risk of sight problems, a survey finds.
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Steam treatment for big prostates approved on NHS

NHS hospitals can start offering it to men with benign prostate enlargement, says regulator.
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Measles cases hit record high in Europe

More than 41,000 people have been infected with measles in the first six months of 2018.
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Child passive smoking ‘increases chronic lung risk’

A study shows higher risk of fatal lung disease in adults exposed to cigarette smoke in childhood.
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Rise in type 2 diabetes in young people in England and Wales

Child health experts say the rise is “alarming” and more should be done to reduce obesity.
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E-cigarettes can be key weapon against smoking, say MPs

E-cigarettes are much less harmful than tobacco and shouldn’t be treated the same way, MPs warn.
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The radio ‘saved my little girl’s life’

A large trial in Burkina Faso suggests listening to the radio could improve child health.
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Struck-off Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba wins appeal to work again

Dr Bawa-Garba was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence following the death of a young boy.
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The unpleasant reason men navigate better than women

Scientists show innate ability is not the explanation for men navigating better than women.
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Weedkiller glyphosate ‘doesn’t cause cancer’ – Bayer

The new owner of the Monsanto group insists glyphosate use is safe despite a cancer payout.
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