Targeted checks ‘prevent one-in-10 heart attacks’

Around 5,000 heart attacks and strokes a year could be prevented by personalising heart health checks.
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Sore knee? Maybe you have a fabella

A little bone scientists thought was being lost to evolution seems to be making a comeback, say experts.
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People with learning disabilities ‘trapped’ in hospitals as target missed

More than 2,200 people with learning disabilities are still being treated in hospitals, figures show.
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Pig brains partially revived four hours after death

The study could aid medical research and fuel debate about the difference between life and death.
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Statins ‘don’t work well for one in two people’

Fresh research questions the merit of the cholesterol-lowering pills taken by millions of Britons.
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Spina bifida womb op baby back home in Essex

Two-week-old Elouise Simpson is home after “foetal repair” surgery following a spina bifida diagnosis.
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More GP appointments available due to success of pilot scheme

Time For Care saved the equivalent of 1.23m GP appointments last year and is now being expanded.
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Gene-silencing: ‘New class’ of medicine reverses disease porphyria

Gene silencing drugs spared patients from the crippling pain caused by porphyria, in a clinical trial.
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Ebola outbreak ‘not global emergency yet’

World Health Organization says Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo will become an emergency without more support.
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Web therapy ‘calmed my irritable bowels’

People with irritable bowel syndrome could have fewer symptoms after web-based therapy, research suggests.
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‘Dismantling cancer’ reveals weak spots

Research has thrown up 600 new cancer vulnerabilities and each could be the target of a drug.
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Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba: Struck-off doctor can return to work

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence after Jack Adcock’s death.
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Precise brain stimulation boosts memory

People in their seventies were given the working memory of someone in their twenties, say scientists.
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Pembrokeshire girl, 10, dies waiting for lung transplant

Belle Curran won numerous bravery awards as she battled with rare Interstitial Lung Disease.
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Chemotherapy doses review after 14 NHS Tayside patients die

An independent doctor will look at cases after NHS Tayside gave lower chemotherapy doses than elsewhere in Scotland.
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Even one drink a day increases stroke risk, study finds

This goes against previous claims that moderate drinking might protect the heart, researchers say.
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The diets cutting one in five lives short every year

Israelis are some of the world’s healthiest eaters, Uzbekistanis some of the least healthy, a report says.
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Sexism, bullying and the NHS

Female doctors complain of sexism and crude behaviour as the GMC warns of a culture of bullying and rudeness.
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NHS to offer mums-to-be new blood test for pre-eclampsia

It looks for a dangerous condition called pre-eclampsia, which can develop in pregnancy.
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‘She was so desperate, she swallowed a toothbrush’

The government’s aim to move people with learning disabilities from secure units has failed, campaigners say.
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More adults seeking support for alcoholic parents

Thousand more adults are seeking help in coping with an alcoholic parent every year, a charity says.
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Ask children about social media use, psychiatrists urged

Questions about technology should be routine for children assessed for mental health problems.
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Easter eggs ‘being pushed too early in shops’

Early sales of calorie-filled treats are fuelling the obesity crisis, a public health body says.
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Jump in antidepressant prescriptions in England

The number of prescriptions were dispensed last year exceeded 70 million for the first time.
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Take over pharma to create new medicines, says top adviser

Bits of the industry could be taken over as no new drugs are being made, says Lord Jim O’Neill.
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Coroners could investigate stillbirths, say ministers

Coroners may be given new powers to investigate stillbirths so that each death is independently assessed.
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New brain cells made throughout life

The study could lead to new ideas for treating Alzheimer’s disease, say the researchers.
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Transplant service at ‘breaking point’

A leading transplant surgeon says that services are struggling to keep up with demand.
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Detailed images of baby heart inside the womb

New technology could improve the care of babies with congenital heart diseases.
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‘Baby Grady’ gives fertility hope to boys with cancer

A new approach could preserve fertility for boys having cancer treatment – thanks to a baby monkey.
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Assisted dying: Doctors’ group adopts neutral position

The Royal College of Physicians votes to adopt a neutral position on helping terminally ill patients die.
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Instagram eating disorder content ‘out of control’

Psychiatrists raise concerns as the BBC finds children are swapping extreme images of weight loss.
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Medicinal cannabis: ‘patients still in limbo’

It could take years for patients to get medicinal cannabis on the NHS, a parliamentary committee has heard.
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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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NHS let me down, says health manager with cancer

A patient with late-stage bowel cancer hits out as figures show cancer waits are at their worst level since records began.
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Gene-editing babies: Call to pause humanity-altering research

Leading scientists call for a temporary ban on research to “re-engineer the human species”.
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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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NHS signals four-hour A&E target may end

NHS bosses to pilot new ways of measuring performance in England, which may mean changes to key targets.
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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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Brexit ‘likely to cause cancer test delays’

Radiologists warn doctors to prepare for possible drug delays as a result of a no-deal Brexit.
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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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Canada appeals court orders tobacco firms to pay billions in damages

A Quebec appellate court has upheld a 2015 decision that ordered the firms to pay over C$ 15bn.
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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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Shropshire baby deaths: Families could pull out of inquiry

Some parents object to the involvement of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
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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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Sepsis campaigner takes son’s ashes to Buckingham Palace

Melissa Mead takes the ashes of her son William in a teddy bear to Buckingham Palace to collect an MBE.
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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 test could show results ‘in minutes’

Researchers are developing a test they hope will one day help 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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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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