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Sepsis: Some NHS hospitals missing treatment target

Sepsis: Some NHS hospitals missing treatment target

Image copyright EYE OF SCIENCE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition caused by the body overreacting to infection One in four NHS hospital trusts is failing to give antibiotics to half their patients with sepsis within the recommended time, new figures suggest. Figures from 104 trusts seen by BBC Panorama show […]

Psychiatric care is postcode lottery, say medical experts

Psychiatric care is postcode lottery, say medical experts

Image copyright Getty Images There are not enough NHS psychiatrists in some parts of the UK and more should be recruited to improve care, says the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In Scotland, there are 10 consultant psychiatrists per 100,000 people – but only eight for the same number in England and Northern Ireland, and just […]

GP probed for giving child, 12, gender-change hormones

GP probed for giving child, 12, gender-change hormones

Media captionDr Helen Webberley said she listens to ‘children’s hearts’ about when they want treatment A Monmouthshire GP is being investigated over complaints about her giving gender-change hormones to children as young as 12. Dr Helen Webberley has been restricted from treating transgender patients unsupervised while the General Medical Council (GMC) looks into the case. […]

‘Medical opinions ignored’ by NHS payment assessor, workers say

‘Medical opinions ignored’ by NHS payment assessor, workers say

Image caption The NHS pays for long-term support and care for severely ill patients using national criteria Medical opinions have been ignored in the assessment of NHS payments to patients receiving care, it is claimed. Three health workers said an assessor organisation discounted medical views so some patients were denied NHS care. Norman Lamb MP […]

Beware of social media during terror events, NHS guidelines warn

Beware of social media during terror events, NHS guidelines warn

Image copyright PA NHS staff and terror attack victims and their families have been warned about the risks of using social media in new guidelines issued by NHS England. The guide cautions that internet trolls may subject victims to “vile and upsetting abuse”, as was seen after the Manchester and London terror attacks. It also […]

Girl’s donated organs help a record eight people

Girl’s donated organs help a record eight people

Image copyright Layzell Family Image caption Jemima’s organ donations have helped five different children around the country. A 13-year-old girl who died from a brain aneurysm has helped a record eight different people, including five children, through organ donation. Jemima Layzell, from Somerset, who died in 2012, donated her heart, pancreas, lungs, kidneys, small bowel […]

Belfast scientists say aspirin could reverse tooth decay

Belfast scientists say aspirin could reverse tooth decay

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tooth decay can lead to cavities forming Aspirin could reverse the effects of tooth decay and could lead to fewer fillings being needed in the future, researchers in Belfast have said. Initial research at Queen’s University has found aspirin stimulates stem cells in teeth, enhancing tooth regeneration. Tooth decay, […]

Anxiety over health ’caused by cyber-chondria’

Anxiety over health ’caused by cyber-chondria’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Worrying excessively about health issues should be picked up and treated, researchers said Worrying excessively about health, and going for unnecessary appointments and tests, is a growing problem – fuelled by looking up symptoms on the internet, researchers say. Health anxiety can also be caused by previous health scares […]

Litigation ‘threatening NHS finances’

Litigation ‘threatening NHS finances’

Image copyright Thinkstock The rising cost of litigation is threatening the financial health of the NHS in England, auditors are warning. The National Audit Office says the bill for clinical negligence has quadrupled in the last 10 years, reaching nearly £1.6bn last year. It is urging the government to do more to curb the costs. […]

‘Pen’ identifies cancer in 10 seconds

‘Pen’ identifies cancer in 10 seconds

Image copyright University of Texas A handheld device can identify cancerous tissue in 10 seconds, according to scientists at the University of Texas. They say it could make surgery to remove a tumour quicker, safer and more precise. And they hope it would avoid the “heartbreak” of leaving any of the cancer behind. Tests, published […]