Deadly parasite ‘jumped’ from gorilla to humans

Discovery of mutation 50,000 years ago could help in the fight against malaria.
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Slow walking at 45 ‘a sign of faster ageing’

Gait speed in mid-life indicates how fast the brain and body are ageing, researchers found.
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‘Unacceptable’ delays in diagnosing secondary breast cancer

People should know the signs that breast cancer has spread to other parts of the body, a charity says.
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England sees ‘worst summer on record’ for A&E waits

Thousands of patients wait more than four hours, as doctors warn of a difficult winter ahead.
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How our cells sense oxygen wins Nobel prize

Three scientists who discovered how cells adapt to oxygen share the prize for physiology or medicine.
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Bake Off’s Nadiya Hussain reveals childhood sexual assault

The Bake Off winner says the trauma she experienced as a five year old played a role in her PTSD.
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Tafida Raqeeb: ‘Law should be revisited’, say parents

The NHS has said it will not appeal against a High Court decision to allow Tafida Raqeeb to travel abroad.
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Paralysed man moves in mind-reading exoskeleton

A man who had not walked for two years was able to move all his limbs thanks to new technology.
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Tafida Raqeeb: Brain-damaged girl can go abroad for treatment

UK specialists had argued taking five-year-old Tafida Raqeeb to a foreign hospital would be futile.
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Home Office reverses deportation threat to Liverpool doctor

The Home Office reconsidered the case of Mu-Chun Chiang, who has lived in the UK for 13 years.
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‘Revolutionary’ drug for prostate cancer

Olaparib could be a ‘transformative’ treatment for thousands of men with advanced prostate cancer, say experts.
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Government plans billions for hospital projects

The plans, unveiled at the start of the Conservative conference, include £2.7bn for six hospital trusts over five years.
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Skin cancer: Half of people surviving advanced melanoma

An “extraordinary transformation” is how doctors describe therapies for advanced melanoma.
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No-deal Brexit ‘still risk to NHS and care sector’

Transport routes, support for care homes and medicine stockpiles are raised as concerns in a new report.
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Alarm as uptake drops for all routine child jabs

Health officials warn that children are at risk as parents shun routine vaccinations for under-fives.
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Repeat Caesareans ‘often safer birth option’

Mothers should be offered a choice of vaginal or Caesarean delivery and be told about the risks, say experts.
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Obesity not caused by lack of willpower – psychologists

A report by psychologists says seeing obesity as a moral failing only makes things worse.
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‘Revolutionary’ new class of cancer drugs approved

The drugs can attack a range of cancers, rather than those in just one part of the body.
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Labour pledges to stop NHS prescription charges

Labour is to announce a pledge to abolish prescription charges in England at its party conference next week.
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‘Cancer treatment broke my heart, but I’ve survived’

Kreena developed heart failure after being treated for cancer – but has made a remarkable recovery.
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Efforts to cut sugar out of food way off target

Soft drinks have 29% less sugar on average since a levy was imposed, but we’re eating more sugary food.
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Where not to live if you want a good care home

An analysis maps the areas with the highest concentrations of sub-standard care home places.
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Vaginal birth and Caesarean: Differences in babies’ bacteria

New findings may help explain why some Caesarean babies are more at risk of certain diseases.
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Prostate drug may slow Parkinson’s disease

A medicine for enlarged prostates may benefit brain cells damaged by Parkinson’s, scientists find.
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Common cold stopped by experimental approach

It may be possible to make our bodies inhospitable for the cold virus after promising early research.
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Heavy menstrual bleeding: Keyhole hysterectomy technique ‘more effective’

The problem affects a quarter of women in the UK and many end up having surgery to treat it.
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‘Time outs’ don’t do any harm, parents told

If used appropriately, they can be effective in reducing problem behaviour, a US study suggests.
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Byron burger allergy death: Owen Carey’s family demand law change

Owen Carey said he had a dairy allergy but was not told his meal contained buttermilk, a coroner rules.
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Cancer survival in the UK improving, but lagging behind – study

The UK is the worst of seven high-income countries for key cancers including lung, colon and pancreas.
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Assisted dying campaign video accused of ‘scaremongering’

Dignity in Dying insists the film is a realistic portrayal of what happens to a small number of people.
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Too many hooked on prescription drugs – health chiefs

Half of those taking drugs including strong painkillers and sleeping pills are on them for more than a year.
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Defeat malaria in a generation – here’s how

The world could be free of malaria by 2050, says a major report that sets out the road to eradication.
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Stress in pregnancy ‘makes child personality disorder more likely’

A study of more than 3,000 pregnant women followed up their children over 30 years.
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Strengthen muscles as well as heart to stay fit and healthy, say top doctors

Tai chi for older adults and exercise for pregnant women are recommended in new official guidance.
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Tafida Raqeeb: Why her parents do not have the final say

A court will hear evidence in September to decide on five-year-old Tafida’s care.
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Vegans and vegetarians may have higher stroke risk

However, the benefits to the heart seem to outweigh the risks to the brain.
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Gene therapy for rare eye disease set to be offered on NHS

Patients with a rare inherited eye disorder are set to be offered a new gene therapy on the NHS.
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Cancer ‘biggest middle-age killer in rich nations’

Cancer claims more lives than cardiovascular disease in wealthy countries but the reverse is true for poorer nations.
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More pharmacies in England to offer free heart checks

Some chemists in England will start providing the rapid detection service from next month.
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Humour, hobbies and friendships: Your tips for staying positive

Interested in living longer? Here’s advice from optimists to make sure your glass is always half full.
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Samaritans criticised over Paddy Power Betfair partnership

The charity says a tie-up with Paddy Power Betfair will help it look after vulnerable customers.
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Breast cancer: Menopausal hormone therapy risks ‘bigger than thought’

The increased risk of breast cancer lasts more than a decade after treatment stops, a study suggests.
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No single gene associated with being gay

A large analysis concludes genetic make-up is a factor, but does not determine sexual behaviour.
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Why red wine could be good for your gut – in moderation

One glass a fortnight may be enough to encourage beneficial changes to gut bacteria, research suggests.
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Surgeons save hand severed by electric saw

Surgeon Roger Adlard said it was the most complex amputation case he had ever operated on.
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West Lane Hospital in Middlesbrough to be closed

The two teenagers died within two months at the centre, which was later found to be unsafe.
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Bake Off judge Prue Leith joins hospital food improvement review

The celebrity chef will help set new quality standards as part of the government’s review of hospital food.
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Four-in-one pill prevents third of heart problems

The drug combination has huge potential and would cost just “pennies a day”, say the researchers.
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Fish oil pills ‘no benefit’ for type 2 diabetes

People with type 2 diabetes “should not be encouraged” to take omega-3, researchers say.
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New drug for people who can bleed uncontrollably

NHS England is funding a new treatment for patients with severe haemophilia A.
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More schoolchildren ‘rejecting cigarettes’

The proportion of surveyed pupils who have ever smoked tobacco drops to a record low of 16%.
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Boris Johnson orders action to stop measles spread

A fall in uptake of the MMR vaccine means the UK has lost its measles-free status.
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Patients who cannot eat food ‘fear for lives’

Problems making “liquid nutrition” have led to a national emergency, the NHS says.
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Candida auris: The new superbug on the block

The fungus was only discovered 10 years ago, but is now a problem in hospitals across the world.
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Women take legal action over breast implant cancer link

Twenty UK women are taking legal action over a rare type of breast implant-related cancer.
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Dental surgeons urge England’s schools to go sugar-free

They say tackling tooth decay – which affects a quarter of five-year-olds – is a priority.
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Stop cuts to adult social care, petition urges

More than 1.4 million over-65s in England lack vital support, campaigners say.
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Deaths by suicide and drugs highest among Generation X

People born in the 1960s and 70s stand out as the generation most likely to die by suicide or drug poisoning, data shows.
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Cystic fibrosis drugs rejected for use by NHS in Scotland

The two drugs, Orkambi and Symkevi, had been described as “life-changing” by campaigners.
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Marina Wheeler urges women to take smear tests

Boris Johnson’s estranged wife, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in May, says she is “cancer-free”.
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HRT: UK faces shortage for menopausal women

Many of the most commonly prescribed forms of hormone replacement therapy are out of stock in pharmacies.
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Asthma deaths: ‘My son collapsed like a flick of a switch’

Nearly 13,000 people in England and Wales have died from asthma attacks since 2009, figures show.
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‘Lack of evidence’ holding back cannabis medicines

An official NHS review says the health service should support studies to get better quality evidence.
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NHS pensions row: Ministers act amid waiting list rise

Overhaul plan comes after the rules were linked to a waiting list rise – and is backed by doctors’ union.
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Edinburgh Children’s Hospital will cost a further £90m

The lifetime price tag of the new hospital is set to top £500m after the extra costs were revealed by Audit Scotland.
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20 NHS building projects given green light

New wards, intensive care units and diagnostic centres will be built, says new PM.
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Boris Johnson announces £1.8bn one-off cash boost for NHS hospitals

But critics warn it won’t be enough to clear the £6bn backlog of repairs needed to England’s hospitals.
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Millions paid out for unused Sick Children’s Hospital in Edinburgh

NHS Lothian has started repayments on the Edinburgh building, which is subject to indefinite delays.
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Alzheimer’s blood test ‘one step closer’

This will help speed up dementia research and the search for a drug treatment, experts say.
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Kidney condition detected in minutes by app

Staff who have used the technology for acute kidney injury describe it as a “potential lifesaver”.
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Surgeon warns of ‘life-changing’ water park and diving dangers

A moment of madness on holiday can result in major injuries and paralysis, a spine expert warns.
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England failing to tackle alcohol ‘epidemic’, say researchers

People with alcohol problems in England are less than half as likely to receive the right help as those in Scotland and Wales, research suggests.
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Drug-resistant superbug spreading in Europe’s hospitals

Scientists are “extremely concerned” by a bacterium resistant to antibiotics of last resort.
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Early MS scans ‘can predict long-term prognosis’

Research shows that MRI scans at a person’s first diagnosis could inform patients’ treatment choices.
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‘Pack children’s medicines in your hand luggage’

A study suggests that airlines do not carry adequate supply of cures for youngsters on board their flights.
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Ovarian cancer drug olaparib ‘can delay disease in newly diagnosed’

Up to 600 women with a hereditary, advanced form of the cancer could benefit each year in England.
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Parents ‘missing out on new baby health visits’

This increases the risk of mental health issues going unnoticed, charity NSPCC says.
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Essex strep A outbreak deaths rise to 13

The invasive Group A streptococcal bacterium has infected 35 people across Essex.
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Pledge to end smoking in England by 2030

The ambition is part of a range of measures to tackle the causes of preventable ill health.
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Women ‘should be warned’ of breast implant illness

One woman says she experienced severe pain, tiredness, hair loss and allergies because of the condition.
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Transgender treatment: Puberty blockers study under investigation

Early findings of patients reporting thoughts of self-harm warranted investigation, Newsnight finds.
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Medical chief calls for global health effort

Countries must work together to tackle global health risks, England’s outgoing chief medical officer warns.
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Gut bacteria may have motor neurone disease role

Finding could lead to the first treatment for the devastating disease.
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‘I used to scream: For God’s sake, just eat!’

One family on their struggle to find support after their daughter was diagnosed with anorexia.
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Ebola in DR Congo: Fear and mistrust stalk battle to halt outbreak

A snapshot from Butembo in DR Congo – one of the frontlines in the fight against the deadly virus.
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Excluded from school: How boxing helps teenagers with ADHD

Excluded from mainstream school, these teenagers explain how boxing helps them channel their ADHD.
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What can be done about Scotland’s drugs crisis?

Experts back five ways of trying to halt Scotland’s rising toll of drug-related deaths.
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Luton house transformed to help parents of sick children

The former 1930s council house will support 420 families a year and has five bedrooms.
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Menstrual cups ‘as reliable as tampons’

Scientific review shows they are as leakproof as other sanitary products, say researchers.
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UTI home-testing app to help women trialled by NHS

The app guides users through a urine test and allows the results to be analysed online by a pharmacist.
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Wolverhampton hospital’s ‘regret’ over new mum’s death

The trust running Wolverhampton’s New Cross says lessons have been learned to better manage sepsis.
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Measles outbreak: Loddon head teacher makes immunisation plea

Loddon head teacher Jim Adams writes to parents after three pupils contract the disease.
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NHS boss: Tax bills could mean ‘loss of 60 doctors’

Doctors’ refusal to work overtime is the issue, its chief executive warns.
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Plant-based milks on the rise: A quarter of Britons are drinking them

Whether it’s almond, soy or coconut it seems cow’s milk is being ditched for alternatives.
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Music ‘calms nerves before surgery’ as well as sedative

The “world’s most relaxing song” could be just as good at calming patients’ nerves, a study suggests.
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Children with gender identity issues ‘need help from all sides’

Referrals to NHS gender identity clinics have more than tripled in the past five years.
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Child mental health unit referrals ‘up nearly 50%’

The figures, which are across the UK, are ‘deeply worrying’, say the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
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Parents of sick and premature babies should get more leave – PM

Theresa May says “it’s not fair” parents have to return to work before their baby leaves hospital.
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Skin cancer risk ‘not just from holiday sun’

Cancer Research warns people in the UK to protect their skin at home and not only when they are away.
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DR Congo Ebola outbreak declared global health emergency

The rare declaration comes after Ebola killed more than 1,600 people in the DR Congo.
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Tafida Raqeeb: Parents bid to get daughter treated in Italy

Doctors treating Tafida Raqeeb in the UK have said it is in her best interests to be allowed to die.
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Anorexia stems from body as well as mind – study

The eating disorder charity Beat said the findings were groundbreaking.
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Babies ‘don’t need tongue-tie surgery to feed’

Babies with tongue-ties rarely need surgery to help them feed, a US study suggests.
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Good gut bacteria ‘helps starving children’

A diet of bananas and peanuts boosted key gut microbes in Bangladeshi children, a study found.
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Ministers may advise on how much sleep people need

The advice is expected to form part of a series of proposals aimed at improving public health.
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Emerade adrenaline pens: Warning over faulty allergy injectors

Some Emerade pens have blocked needles so patients are advised to carry a spare one at all times.
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More patients ‘struggling to reach GP on phone’

Half of patients in some areas are finding it difficult to get through to book appointments and get help.
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Amazon Alexa offering NHS health advice

The voice-assisted device will give official NHS advice, but critics fear a “data protection disaster”.
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‘Amazing’ gene-silencing drugs reach NHS

Doctors say the drugs are making the “previously untreatable, treatable” and have huge potential.
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NHS waiting lists surge due to pensions row

Some areas face 50% longer waiting lists as doctors say they cannot afford to work extra shifts.
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UK plans £3m no-deal medicine transport

The deadline of 1 September set for the deal is a “tight” timeframe, experts have warned.
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Bladder cancer ‘attacked and killed by common cold virus’

A small UK study found promising signs of a kinder, less invasive treatment for the disease.
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‘Rewiring nerves’ reverses hand and arm paralysis

“It’s made a huge difference in my life,” says one patient who can now live independently.
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Sepsis: How good are hospitals at treating ‘hidden killer’?

One in four patients waiting longer than one hour for vital antibiotic treatment, figures suggest.
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Obesity ’causes more cases of some cancers than smoking’

Some common cancers are now more likely to be caused by obesity than tobacco, a charity is warning.
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Leg fat ‘better than belly fat’ for older women

Carrying fat on legs protects postmenopausal women from heart disease, a study suggests.
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Warning of NHS Wales dentist crisis

Only one in six practices are taking on new adult NHS patients, the British Dental Association says.
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Lesbian women cervical screening myth is ‘dangerous’

Women who have sex with women can still get HPV during sex, and should be tested, say health experts.
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Prescription drugs ‘contributed to Theresa Feehan’s death’

Theresa Feehan died with toxic levels of prescription drugs in her body two days after a GP visit.
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Hopes raised of cervical cancer eradication

The success of the HPV vaccination offers the hope of ending cervical cancer, say scientists.
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Child obesity drive ‘stalled by Brexit’

Slow progress is being made on junk food advertising restrictions and calories labelling, it is claimed.
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Residents in care homes ‘missing out on dental care’

Inspectors warn care homes and the NHS to do more to look after the teeth of vulnerable residents.
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Power and endurance training ‘key to all-round fitness’

Blend of strength and endurance training makes team sport players the fittest of all, a study finds.
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Dwarfism drug aims to boost healthy growth

Nine-year-old Sam is taking part in a trial of a new drug researchers hope can boost healthy bone growth.
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‘Living drug’ offers hope to terminal blood cancer patients

Doctors say some lymphoma patients are being completely cured in a way “never been seen before”.
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Long working hours ‘linked to stroke risk’

Working long hours is linked to an increased risk of stroke, researchers say.
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Vaccines: Low trust in vaccination ‘a global crisis’

The biggest global study into attitudes on immunisation reveals confidence is low in some regions.
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Lives ‘destroyed by NHS eating disorder failures’

As more than a million people struggle with illnesses such as anorexia, two reports say more must be done.
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Listeria outbreak: More affected hospitals named

Eight hospitals have reported cases of listeria linked to sandwiches and salads eaten by patients.
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Listeria outbreak: Health secretary orders NHS food review

It comes as two more patients die in an outbreak linked to hospital sandwiches and salads.
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End-of-life care not ‘culturally competent’

A study hopes to boost the small number of black and Asian people using end-of-life care services.
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Deadly Ebola outbreak ‘not global threat’

But World Health Organization says it is an emergency in the Democratic Republic of Congo and needs more funding.
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The worst places for cancer care waits revealed

Nearly three-quarters of services are failing the 62-day target. But which service has the worst record?
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New Ebola outbreak in DRC is ‘truly frightening’, says Wellcome Trust director

The head of a major medical charity says the spread of Ebola in the DRC shows no signs of stopping.
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DR Congo Ebola outbreak: Child in Uganda diagnosed with virus

A five-year-old boy is the first case confirmed in Uganda, after outbreak kills hundreds in DR Congo.
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Prostate cancer screening scan hope

Researchers are investigating if men could benefit from a one-off scan to check their risk of prostate cancer.
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Trump visit: Could US companies run NHS services after Brexit?

Several US companies are already involved in small ways in the health service.
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Domestic abuse survivors ‘more at risk of serious mental illness’

Opportunities are being missed to detect abuse and support vulnerable women, researchers say.
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Hospital patients die in sandwich listeria outbreak

Three deaths in hospitals in Manchester and Liverpool are linked to pre-packed sandwiches.
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Are we more constipated than we think?

A study found doctors and the public disagree over the symptoms, leaving some people undiagnosed.
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‘Alarming rise in self-harm – but only half get care’

Only about half of those who self-harm have access to treatment, research suggests.
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Baby gene experiment ‘foolish and dangerous’

Twin girls had their DNA altered to protect against HIV – but their mutation may increase the risk of an early death.
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‘Life is wonderful’ being pain-free after 40 years

Alison Cameron had a successful nerve stimulation implant after injections and operations failed.
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Journalist ‘no-platformed’ by GPs over Enoch Powell tweet

Julia Hartley-Brewer’s invitation to speak at a conference was rescinded after doctors complained.
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GM fungus rapidly kills 99% of malaria mosquitoes, study suggests

A fungus has been genetically modified with spider venom to kill the mosquitoes that spread malaria.
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Chief medical officer considers recommending tax on unhealthy food

A tax on baby food, pizzas and cakes could subsidise fruit and vegetables, England’s chief medical officer says.
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Transgender no longer recognised as ‘disorder’ by WHO

The World Health Organization has amended its classification of transgender health issues.
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Fertility paradox in male beauty quest

Men paradoxically damage their ability to have children during efforts to make themselves look more attractive.
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NHS bans sale of energy drinks to under-16s in Scottish hospitals

Shops in Scotland’s hospitals will not be allowed to sell high-energy drinks to anyone under 16.
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Menopause: what are the symptoms and why does it happen?

Changes in hormones can have big effects on the body and how we behave.
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Mumps – is it the forgotten disease?

Hippocrates described the classic signs centuries ago, so what else do we know about the ancient illness?
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Whorlton Hall: Ten arrested over abuse allegations

Ten workers are held over the alleged mistreatment of hospital patients following a BBC investigation.
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Whorlton Hall: Hospital abuse missed despite at least 100 official visits

Inspectors, council staff and NHS officials went in twice week on average in the year before Panorama expose.
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Hospital ‘abused’ vulnerable adults in Durham

Undercover BBC filming shows staff swearing, mocking and taunting patients with learning disabilities.
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‘Broken’ care system for most vulnerable

Patients with mental health problems, autism and learning disabilities are being let down, a report says.
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