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Cervical cancer jab women will ‘only need three smears’

Cervical cancer jab women will ‘only need three smears’

Image copyright DR P. MARAZZI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption The current HPV vaccine is given in two doses Women vaccinated against human papilloma virus (HPV) – thought to cause about 99% of cervical cancers – may only need three smear tests in their lifetime, a new study suggests. Since 2008, the HPV vaccine has been […]

Sick baby’s treatment ‘should continue’, High Court told

Sick baby’s treatment ‘should continue’, High Court told

Image copyright PA Image caption Isaiah, pictured with an aunt, has brain damage A mother and father are fighting a High Court battle to stop their eight-month-old son’s life support being switched off. Isaiah Hasstrup is brain damaged and dependent on a ventilator to keep him alive at King’s College Hospital, London. Doctors said giving […]

Blood vending machine ‘a first’ for NI

Blood vending machine ‘a first’ for NI

Image caption The machine in the Mater Hospital is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland Vending machines in hospitals are normally used for a quick snack or cup of coffee – but one which dispenses blood is an innovation. Staff at Belfast’s Mater Hospital have helped devise and produce a piece of technology […]

Breast cancer ‘can return 15 years after treatment ends’

Breast cancer ‘can return 15 years after treatment ends’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Breast cancer can resurface after remaining dormant for 15 years following successful treatment, a study has found. Women with large tumours and cancer that had spread to the lymph nodes had the highest 40% risk of it coming back. Researchers writing in the New England Journal of Medicine said extending […]

Daytime wounds ‘heal more quickly’

Daytime wounds ‘heal more quickly’

Wounds heal more quickly if they occur during the day rather than after dark, a study suggests. It found burns sustained at night took an average of 28 days to heal, but just 17 for those that happened in daytime. The team, at the UK’s MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, said they were astounded by […]

Birth complications ‘twice as common’ in some hospitals

Birth complications ‘twice as common’ in some hospitals

Image copyright Getty Images Women are twice as likely to suffer serious blood loss and severe tears during childbirth in some hospitals, according to an audit of maternity services in Great Britain. Third and fourth-degree tears occurred in one in 30 vaginal births but in some units in 2015-16 it was one in 15. The […]

‘UK wellbeing rises after Brexit vote’

‘UK wellbeing rises after Brexit vote’

Image copyright Getty Images In the year after the UK narrowly voted to exit the European Union, there was a small but significant increase in the population’s feeling of wellbeing, official statistics show. The improvements in areas such as life satisfaction and happiness were seen only in England, however. Elsewhere, the rates flatlined. People in […]

NHS offers smartphone GP appointments

NHS offers smartphone GP appointments

Image copyright Getty Images A 24-hour service has been launched for NHS patients, offering GP consultations via videolink on smartphones. The pilot scheme will initially cover 3.5 million patients in greater London. Patients will be able to check their symptoms through the mobile app and then have video consultations within two hours of booking. The […]

Scotland offers free abortions to women from Northern Ireland

Scotland offers free abortions to women from Northern Ireland

Women from Northern Ireland can now have free abortions through the NHS in Scotland. Abortions are illegal in Northern Ireland except for cases where the woman’s health is at risk. That has led to women travelling to Great Britain, where they have had to pay for terminations. New regulations allowing women from Northern Ireland to […]

Directors at ‘unsafe’ mental health trust got pay rise

Directors at ‘unsafe’ mental health trust got pay rise

Image caption The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is based at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich Four directors at an “unsafe” mental health trust received £10k pay rises, despite failing to improve standards. As reported in the EADT, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) boosted pay to £108,000 after it came out of special […]