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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Cannabis use in teens linked to depression

Experts link use of the drug in teenage years to cases of depression later in life.
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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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Dame Sally Davies becomes Cambridge’s Trinity College master

Dame Sally Davies is to become the first woman in the top job at Trinity College, Cambridge.
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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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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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Son’s 200-mile London-Devon journey beats ambulance

Mark Clements reached his mother’s Exmouth home before paramedics arrived to treat her broken hip.
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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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Fake Xanax: Anxiety drug deaths an ‘escalating crisis’

Northern Ireland’s chief coroner speaks out over the rising number of deaths linked to the anti-anxiety drug.
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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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Screen time ‘may harm toddlers’

A large study suggests excessive use may slow a toddler’s development in language and sociability.
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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

Patients 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 have a 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 fungus from bird droppings was a “contributing factor” in the death of the youngster 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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Two dead after pigeon dropping infection at hospital

An investigation is under way after patients contracted a fungal infection associated with pigeon droppings.
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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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Cheap common drugs may help mental illness

Drugs may already exist that could help patients with bipolar, schizophrenia and severe mental illness.
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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 over proposals

The prime minister says the 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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Cervical cancer screening campaigner Natasha Sale dies aged 31

Natasha Sale, 31, wanted to lower the cervical screening age from 25 to 18.
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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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Pharmacy chain leaks personal details of 24,000 workers

The UK’s biggest independent pharmacy chain admits leaking personal details of more than 24,000 employees.
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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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Banning sweets at supermarket checkouts ‘works’

Removing the temptation stops unhealthy impulse buying, a large UK study suggests.
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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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Why did Rachel Johnston die after having all her teeth removed?

The families of three people with learning difficulties tell the BBC all their teeth were taken out.
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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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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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Cervical screening error: More women affected

An additional 3,591 women have not received information after a failure to send out letters, says Capita.
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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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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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No-deal Brexit: Disruption at Dover ‘could last six months’

Fresh government warnings about Channel ports are dismissed as “Project Fear” by Tory rebels.
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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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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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Measles resurgence ‘due to vaccine hesitancy’, WHO warns

There were 110,000 measles related deaths last year, a worldwide report shows.
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Some locum doctors costing hospital trust £100 an hour

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust has called off plans to shut Telford’s A&E overnight.
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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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Safety concerns raised over breast implants

Some makers of textured implants did not carry out adequate tests, an investigation finds.
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Patients given unsafe medical implants

A Panorama investigation reveals how lax medical device regulation is failing patients.
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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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Sugary supplement mannose could help fight cancer

Mannose can slow the growth of cancers and enhance the effects of chemotherapy in mice, experts say.
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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 worker 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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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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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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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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Fat-clogged cells explain why obesity can cause cancer

A type of cell the body uses to destroy cancer gets clogged by fat and stops working, findings suggest.
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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 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 healthy life expectancy

Look after yourself better, says the health secretary, as he sets out his new vision for the NHS in England.
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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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Adoptions fall by 62% as IVF success rises

Since the first “test-tube baby” was born in 1978, adoptions in England and Wales have fallen by 62%.
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Llama blood clue to beating all flu

Scientists design an antibody based on llama blood that is highly effective against flu strains.
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Medical cannabis products available on prescription

The treatments can only be prescribed by specialist doctors and will not be available through GPs.
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Spinal implant helps three paralysed men walk again

The electrical device can also help damaged nerves regrow, offering hope of independent movement.
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Pregnancy gap should be at least a year – researchers

A study says 12-to-18 months is the ideal interval between giving birth and becoming pregnant again.
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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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Opt-out organ donation plan wins Commons backing

Ministers estimate changing the law to one of presumed consent will save up to 700 lives each year.
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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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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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Rise in women having induced labours, NHS figures show

More older and overweight women giving birth is behind the trend, doctors say.
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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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Public may have to stockpile drugs in no-deal Brexit

Industry leaders say government plans for medicines supply are not enough and leaving EU could threaten supply chain.
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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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EpiPen shortage: Chemists told to quiz parents on children’s need

The guidance from NHS England relates to devices for children who weigh less than 25kg (four stone).
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Contaminated blood victims ‘on the breadline’

Chairman of public inquiry calls on the government to take decisive action over financial support.
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Women told they aren’t thin enough for eating disorder treatment, MPs told

MPs debating the stigma surrounding eating disorders say the “medical profession are failing patients with eating disorders”.
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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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Doctors can prescribe medical cannabis from November in UK

The move follows an outcry over two young epilepsy sufferers being denied access to cannabis oil.
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Under-25s turning their backs on alcohol, study suggests

Young people are rejecting alcohol – with abstinence almost doubling in a decade, a study suggests.
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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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One-off genetic test could detect heart attack risk

The test could help explain why people with apparently no risk factors can still have a heart attack.
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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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Shared GP appointments trialled – and patients ‘like’ them

Trials are taking place where as many as 15 patients are being seen by the same GP at a time.
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NHS waste backlog: Criminal probe launched

It had emerged that the waste from hospitals had not been disposed of in a timely fashion.
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Human body parts ‘pile up’ in NHS waste backlog

Waste disposal firm has not been able to incinerate body parts and other waste collected from hospitals.
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Cannabis ‘more harmful than alcohol’ for teen brains

The drug impairs working memory and reasoning and there are long-term effects, a study suggests.
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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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Nobel prize for medicine goes to cancer therapy

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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Pret accused of taking unnecessary risks by allergy sufferers

Two customers share their Pret allergy experiences, after an inquest into a 15-year-old girl’s death.
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Low-calorie shakes and soup diets ‘recommended for obese’

People lost three times more weight following the liquid diet plans, a study has found.
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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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Electrical implant helps paralysed people to walk again

Three paralysed patients are able to walk after an electrical patch is fitted to their spinal cords.
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Pre-sex HIV drug should be made available on NHS, MPs say

The Prep drug is cost-effective and proven to work, three MPs say.
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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 in England

Two drug companies were trying to stop doctors offering a cheaper eye treatment.
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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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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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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

A 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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E. coli ’caused Egypt hotel couple’s deaths’

Egyptian authorities say E. coli caused the deaths of a British couple, a claim dismissed by their daughter as “rubbish”.
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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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