MPs call for tax on social media companies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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