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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 […]

Surrogate mother of ‘twins’ finds one is hers

Surrogate mother of ‘twins’ finds one is hers

Image copyright Getty Images A surrogate mother from California, who gave birth to two babies, found out one of the children was biologically hers. Jessica Allen became pregnant with her own biological child while she was carrying another baby as a surrogate for a Chinese couple. Mrs Allen said doctors first thought the second was […]

Contaminated blood scandal to have ‘full statutory inquiry’

Contaminated blood scandal to have ‘full statutory inquiry’

Image copyright SPL A “full statutory inquiry” will be carried out into the contaminated blood scandal that left at least 2,400 people dead, the government has announced. The decision was made after victims and families expressed strong views over the involvement of the Department of Health. The inquiry will now be the responsibility of the […]

Scientists find key to unwanted thoughts

Scientists find key to unwanted thoughts

Image copyright Getty Images Have you ever wanted to stop ruminating on something and just been unable to? Scientists could have the secret. They have identified a chemical in the brain’s “memory” region that allows us to suppress unwanted thoughts. The discovery may help explain why some people can’t shift persistent intrusive thoughts – a […]

Gut bacteria ‘boost’ cancer therapy

Gut bacteria ‘boost’ cancer therapy

Image copyright Getty Images Bacteria living in the murky depths of the digestive system seem to influence whether tumours shrink during cancer therapy, say French and US researchers. They tested the microbiome – the collection of microscopic species that live in us – in cancer patients. Two studies, in the journal Science, linked specific species […]

Children at risk from ADHD diagnosis delays, experts warn

Children at risk from ADHD diagnosis delays, experts warn

Image copyright Supplied Image caption Jane Dowson and her daughter Charlotte, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Slow, complicated delays in diagnosing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are putting UK children at risk, a report has found. According to those surveyed, nearly a third of children waited two or more years to be diagnosed with ADHD. […]

Overnight carer back pay scheme ‘unaffordable’

Overnight carer back pay scheme ‘unaffordable’

Image copyright Getty Images Care providers have dismissed a government scheme to tackle a problem over back pay for overnight shift staff, as a “suicide note”. The charity Mencap said the government was sacrificing the wellbeing of the most vulnerable in society and putting the jobs of low-paid staff at risk. Ministers said the scheme […]

Rotten teeth ‘more likely’ in deprived areas

Rotten teeth ‘more likely’ in deprived areas

Image copyright napatcha/Getty Children from Blackburn are four times more likely to have fillings than their counterparts in South Gloucestershire, says a new report on dental health. The report found that as well as there being a regional divide, there was a consistent gap between the dental health of the rich and poor in England. […]

Study shows dementia is biggest killer in affluent areas

Study shows dementia is biggest killer in affluent areas

Image copyright Getty Images Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of death in affluent areas in Wales, new figures have shown. The Office for National Statistics figures also showed heart disease was the biggest killer in deprived areas. One charity said work was under way in the south Wales valleys to encourage people […]

Early blood test could indicate risk of miscarriage

Early blood test could indicate risk of miscarriage

Image copyright NataliaDeriabina/Getty A blood test in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy could indicate a risk of miscarriage or premature birth, early research suggests. US doctors believe they have found molecules in the blood that can be linked to serious birth complications, months before symptoms are apparent. The findings could help doctors take steps […]