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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Lung transplant waiting list rise prompts donation plea

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

Inspectors raised concerns after examining Russells Hall Hospital’s death records.
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Probiotics labelled ‘quite useless’

A study suggests “good bacteria” have little or no effect inside the body.
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Deal for NHS to offer exciting new child cancer therapy

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

Doctors must learn a new skill – writing letters that are easier for patients to understand, guidelines say.
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Doctors’ mental health at tipping point

The suicide rate among doctors in England is rising, with concerns about whether they can get help.
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Record demand for sexual health services amid spending cuts

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

A new technique picks out patterns in DNA mutation within cancers to forecast future genetic changes.
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Shropshire baby and mother maternity deaths review widened

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust says it reviewed 40 cases and has contacted 12 families.
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Government proposes energy drinks ban for children

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

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

A union leader claims doctors’ confidence in the GMC has collapsed over the Hadiza Bawa-Garba case.
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Yemen cholera epidemic ‘controlled’ by computer predictions

Cases are slashed thanks to a new system that predicts where outbreaks will occur.
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Procrastination – it’s all in the mind

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

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

The researchers say that the health risks of drinking outweigh any possible benefits.
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Patient waited 62 hours for ambulance

Four ambulance trusts report taking at least 24 hours to reach some people who called for help.
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Radiologist shortage ‘affecting cancer care’ in the UK

These specialist doctors can’t keep up with the increasing workload of reading and interpreting scans.
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Brexit: NHS managers warn about impact of no deal

Leaving the EU without a deal would make it harder to stop the spread of diseases, NHS boss is told.
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Child passive smoking ‘increases chronic lung risk’

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

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

E-cigarettes are much less harmful than tobacco and shouldn’t be treated the same way, MPs warn.
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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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