Babies in prams ‘exposed to more pollution’

Infants in prams can be exposed to up to 60% more pollution than adults, a study suggests.
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Struck-off Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba wins appeal to work again

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence following the death of a young boy.
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How smallpox claimed its final victim

How did British medical worker Janet Parker become the world’s last victim of smallpox?
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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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Bowel cancer screening to start earlier at age 50 in England

This will lower the starting age by 10 years in some areas and bring England in line with Scotland.
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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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Footballer heart death risk ‘underestimated’

Doctors say deaths are still rare but we need to open our eyes to the risk.
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UK among worst for life expectancy rises

Increases to life expectancy in the UK have stalled since 2011, data from the ONS reveals.
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UK among worst for life expectancy rises

Increases to life expectancy in the UK have stalled since 2011, data from the ONS reveals.
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Safety concerns over websites selling prescription drugs

A Panorama investigation reveals safety concerns relating to some websites selling prescription drugs.
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Opt-out organ donation ‘in place by 2020’ for England

Adults in England will be presumed to consent to donating their organs under “Max’s Law”.
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Vaginal thrush ‘a growing problem worldwide’

Three out of four women develop thrush at least once and 6% suffer repeatedly, scientists say.
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Surgeons’ ‘toxic’ rows added to mortality rate, says report

A report into the cardiac unit at a London hospital said the team was consumed by a “dark force”.
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Vagina rejuvenating therapies ‘pose serious risk’

These cosmetic procedures pose a serious risk of burns, scarring and recurring pain, warn experts.
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England abortion pill rules ‘out of step’

Women should be able to take the pills at home, as they can in Scotland and Wales, experts say.
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Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall reveals second miscarriage

The Queen’s granddaughter says it has been “too raw” to talk about until now.
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‘Vindication’ for woman who wanted ME on death certificate

Merryn Crofts is only the second person in the UK to have the illness recorded on her death certificate.
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Gosport hospital deaths: Police announce new probe

Police will carry out a fourth investigation into the deaths of patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.
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Regular heatwaves ‘will kill thousands’

The current hot conditions could become the new normal for British summers within 30 years, MPs say.
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Nurses’ pay: Union chief apologises over mix-up

Nurses have complained on social media their pay went up by much less than their union had promised.
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Warning over suntan lotion application

People are getting less protection than they should because of slapdash application, scientists say.
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Dizziness when getting up could increase dementia risk, US study says

The light-headed feeling is caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure, known as orthostatic hypotension.
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HPV jab will be given to boys, government says

Adolescent boys in England will now get the vaccine for which girls are already eligible.
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New drug for recurring malaria

A drug that can stop people getting recurrent bouts of malaria has been approved by regulators in the United States.
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Medicinal cannabis ‘should be available on prescription’

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs recommends rules should be changed for these drugs, if safe.
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HPV jab should be given to boys, committee says

Adolescent boys as well as girls should get the vaccine, an advisory committee says.
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Patients face autism referral and assessment ‘lottery’

Children and adults in England can face a wait of more than two years for an autism assessment, data reveals.
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Is heading a football bad for your health?

Study of retired players hopes to provide a definitive answer on the risks of repeatedly heading the ball.
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Hot summer leading to ‘toxic’ algae

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

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

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

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

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

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

It can lead to an infection of the reproductive organs in women that can cause infertility.
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Mental health: Children failed at vulnerable point

An NHS investigation was sparked by the suicide of an 18-year-old shortly after moving from child to adult care.
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Immediate stop to NHS mesh operations

Mesh must not be routinely used to treat women with stress urinary incontinence, NHS England told.
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‘Babies given solid food sooner sleep better’

Giving solids as well as breast milk at three months resulted in fewer sleep problems for some babies.
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Womb cancer: ‘I could have suffered less with earlier diagnosis’

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

The “mosaic” vaccine produced an anti-HIV immune-system response in tests on 393 people.
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‘I never thought I’d be alive to pay back my huge debt’

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

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

NI health department issues emergency licence allowing doctors to treat young boy with medicinal cannabis.
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Sperm quality improved by adding nuts to diet, study says

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

A healthcare professional is being held over the deaths of eight babies at a Cheshire hospital.
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Decision on medical cannabis within weeks

A government review of the law on using cannabis-based drugs for medical purposes gets under way.
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Blood scandal inquiry ‘will find any cover-up’

“A very large amount of evidence” will be trawled to uncover how so many patient lives were lost or harmed.
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Could psychedelics transform mental health?

Could a drug made from magic mushrooms have the potential to transform how the condition is treated?
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NHS planning ‘extensively’ for no-deal Brexit

The boss of NHS England says ensuring medical supplies continue is “right at the top of the list”.
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NHS England to stop ‘ineffective’ treatments

Tonsils removal and breast reductions are among 17 procedures that will be offered to fewer patients.
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Deprived areas ‘have five times more fast food outlets’

Local authorities should restrict planning applications for fast food outlets, Public Health England says.
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Revamped drug could save lives of many new mothers – WHO

The World Health Organization says the medicine could reduce cases of fatal post-birth bleeding.
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Patients criticised for rating GPs’ looks on social media

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

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

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

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

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

Adding or removing the colour cyan can have an impact on sleep, according to biologists.
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Cases of cancer in elderly to surge by 2035, report says

By 2035 about 234,000 over-75s will get cancer each year – up from 130,000 now, a report estimates.
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WHO gaming disorder listing a ‘moral panic’, say experts

Experts say the WHO’s decision risks “pathologising” a behaviour that is harmless for most people.
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Gosport hospital deaths: Prescribed painkillers ‘shortened 456 lives’

Relatives call for a criminal inquiry into the “unforgivable” actions at the Gosport hospital.
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Medicinal cannabis use to be reviewed by government

Families of epileptic children welcomed the move, which does not change rules on recreational use.
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Tax rise need to help pay for £20bn NHS boost, says PM

The prime minister promises any tax increases will be introduced in a “fair and balanced” way.
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Cannabis oil row: Boy has epilepsy medication returned

Twelve-year-old receives oil for “medical emergency” after it was confiscated, home secretary says.
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NHS gets £20bn ‘birthday present’

New five-year funding deal announced as health service prepares for 70th anniversary celebrations.
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Children in England consuming ‘twice as much sugar as recommended’

Youngsters in England have consumed their recommended 2018 sugar allowance before the end of June.
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Gene therapy reverses rat’s paralysis

Experts say the findings could be life-changing for millions of patients.
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Could your medications be making you depressed?

A US study finds many commonly-used drugs may increase the risk of the condition.
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Prostate cancer spit test is trialled

It looks for high-risk genes that put one in 100 men at increased risk of the disease.
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Tea towels ‘can cause food poisoning’

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

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

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

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

Both sexually transmitted infections have gone up by about 20% in England in 2017, figures reveal.
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‘Remarkable’ therapy beats terminal breast cancer

Judy Perkins had been given three months to live, but two years later there is no sign of cancer in her body.
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Breast cancer: Test means fewer women will need chemotherapy

From Monday, about 70% of women with early stage cancer may be able to avoid the gruelling treatment.
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Prostate cancer immune system drug results could be ‘spectacular’

Immunotherapy treatment could provide “spectacular” results for some patients, doctors say.
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Rise in ‘preventable’ emergency readmissions to hospital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The group – backed by Prof Stephen Hawking before his death – is challenging creation of new health management bodies.
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Blitz on sweet treats sees slow start

The sugar hit in puddings, biscuits and chocolate remains high despite a crackdown.
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Missing microbes ’cause’ childhood cancer

Early exposure to microbes may help protect children against a type of leukaemia, says a UK scientist.
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Are we eating at the wrong time for our body clocks?

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

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

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

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

An A&E nurse opens up about life on the front line as the profession considers asking for body cameras.
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Drug target for curing the common cold

Scientists are working on an inhalable treatment that could stop any cold virus in its tracks.
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‘Three-quarters of public worried about nurse staffing’

Nurse leaders brand staffing levels in NHS dangerous as public express concern about numbers.
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Foreign worker charge ‘tears families apart’

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

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

UK struggling to hit cancer targets as number of cancelled operations hit record high in England.
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Visa clampdown ‘hits cancer patients’

Cancer patients are being put at risk by tougher rules on immigration, say specialist doctors.
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Ditch cranberry juice for urine infections

There is no overwhelming evidence that it will help, says the health body NICE in new draft guidelines.
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UK parks boost quality of life by £34bn

It is also estimated green spaces save the NHS about £111m a year in prevented GP visits.
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Can the science of autophagy boost your health?

Autophagy is being hailed as the new way to lose weight, look younger and extend your life.
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Junior doctors’ job offers withdrawn after blunder

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

A group of doctors say any women offered catch-up appointments should “carry on with their lives”.
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Callum Cartlidge death: Mum will never forgive hospital

A coroner said Callum Cartlidge’s death would have been prevented if a blood test had been done.
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Thousands of calls made to breast screen error helpline

It follows revelations that 450,000 women have not been invited for breast scans since 2009.
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Breast screening error ‘shortened up to 270 lives’ – Hunt

Hundreds of women in England may have died prematurely after failing to receive breast scan invitations.
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Jamie Oliver says more tax is not way to cut childhood obesity

TV chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall gave evidence to MPs on how to tackle the epidemic.
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‘The NHS treatment that caused my cancer’

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

Craig Toley reveals how he dealt with a cancer diagnosis as men are urged to talk more about the illness.
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Health bosses criticise visa rules for doctors

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

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

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

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

Valproate will no longer be given to girls and women of childbearing age unless they sign a consent form.
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US soldier gets world’s first penis and scrotum transplant

The wounded veteran who received the organ transplant says he feels “finally more normal”.
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Why a faecal transplant could save your life

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

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

The patient had a lucky escape say doctors, but now two more cases have been discovered.
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Skin implant could help warn of cancer, scientists say

It works by detecting elevated levels of calcium in the blood linked to some cancers.
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Keeping livers ‘alive’ boosts transplant success, trial finds

The alternative to ice involves pumping livers with blood, nutrients and medicines while in a machine.
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Migraine: New drug works when others fail, researchers say

The monthly injection could be approved for NHS use by next year, experts hope.
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European women twice as likely to be blonde as men, study says

Women from European descent are twice as likely to be naturally blonde as men, a new study suggests.
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Genes behind deadly heart condition found, scientists say

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

People who drink more than 18 drinks a week could live four to five years less as a result, a study says.
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YouTube star prompts conversation about social anxiety

It’s like ‘falling down the rabbit hole of endless what ifs’ says one sufferer in a candid online debate
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More than half your body is not human

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

A report by the charity Orchid found 37% of prostate cancer cases are diagnosed in the late stages.
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Ipswich Hospital reviews policy after Ed Sheeran visit

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

Cancers should be classed by similarities in tumour types, not by where they are formed, a study says.
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Long NHS waits: My child flew to Turkey for op

Fourteen-year-old girl had to go abroad for spinal surgery because of delays in Northern Ireland.
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Obesity-related hospital admissions ‘double in four years’

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

The aim is to stop patients from being referred for several tests for different forms of the illness.
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The dangers that lurk in your bathroom

A study claims bacteria is present in rubber ducks. But what other unexpected risks are in your bathroom?
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We’ve not got enough beds or staff – NHS bosses

Managers warn 2018-19 will be hard with one in 12 posts vacant and hospitals short of up to 15,000 beds.
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Paramedics set to prescribe medicines

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

The hospital described mothers who use formula milk as “artificially” feeding babies.
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NHS no to dandruff and diarrhoea treatment

Crackdown on 35 “minor” treatments in cost cutting drive by NHS bosses – but patient group concerned about poorest.
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Man has ‘world’s worst’ super-gonorrhoea

It is the first ever case that is resistant to the main antibiotic treatment.
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NHS: PM to look at ‘multi-year’ funding plan for health service

The PM says she wants to move away from annual cash “top-ups” to allow health service to plan for future.
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Southern Health fined £2m over deaths of two patients

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

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

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

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

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

Unions back a deal that gives NHS staff a minimum pay rise of more than 6% over three years.
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Water bacteria probe extended to Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Four patients at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow are now being treated for infections.
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Under-doctored areas to get new medical schools

New courses are in under-doctored areas as ministers set out plans to expand student places by 25%.
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Macular degeneration: ‘I’ve been given my sight back’

Two patients have had pioneering stem cell therapy to restore their vision.
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More evidence essential oils ‘make male breasts develop’

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

A study finds men with low sperm counts are more likely to have health issues that put them at risk.
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Pharmacists to ‘cut care home medicines’

The plan aims to review the number of medicines taken by residents, which can be 10 or more.
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NHS accused of fuelling rise in opioid addiction

GPs prescribed nearly 24 million potentially addictive painkillers, equivalent to 2,700 an hour.
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