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‘Crunch’ junior doctor talks extended

‘Crunch’ junior doctor talks extended

Image copyright PA Image caption Junior doctors have staged several strikes in the row over contracts Last ditch talks to reach a deal on the junior doctors contract in England are being extended into next week. The government and the doctors’ union have agreed to continue negotiating until Wednesday. The talks, hosted by conciliation service […]

Wait for cancelled ops at 10-year high

Wait for cancelled ops at 10-year high

Image copyright Science Photo Library More than 5,000 NHS patients in England were not treated within 28 days of their operation being cancelled in the year to April – the highest figure for 10 years. During the same period, nearly 75,000 NHS operations in England were postponed at the last minute – also a 10-year […]

Cancer samples sought for new study

Cancer samples sought for new study

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Scientists want to collect samples from cancer patients who have died to get a better understanding of the disease Terminally ill UK cancer patients are being asked to donate blood and tissue samples to a study when they die. The aim is to find out how tumours develop […]

NHS ‘has busiest year in its history’

NHS ‘has busiest year in its history’

Image copyright Thinkstock The NHS in England has had the busiest year in its history with more patients than ever seeking help, official figures show. Nearly 23m people visited A&E in the 12 months to March 2016 – a rise of more than 500,000 from the previous year. Delays rose throughout the period, with March […]

Statins alert over computer glitch

Statins alert over computer glitch

Image copyright Science photo library Image caption Statins are the most commonly prescribed medicines in the UK Thousands of patients in England may have been wrongly given or denied statins due to a computer glitch. A third of GP surgeries have been told to contact people who may have been given an inaccurate assessment of […]

Shorter treatment ‘will help tackle’ TB

Shorter treatment ‘will help tackle’ TB

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption TB can cause damage to the lungs New international guidelines aim to halve the cost and time for treating multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). The advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) should reduce treatment to around nine months. Currently, it can take as long as two years – and many […]

‘25% of pregnancies’ end in abortion

‘25% of pregnancies’ end in abortion

Image copyright Science Photo Library One in four pregnancies ends in an abortion each year, global estimates from the World Health Organization and Guttmacher Institute suggest. The report in the Lancet said 56m induced abortions take place annually – higher than previously thought. Researchers acknowledge rates have improved in many rich countries but warn this […]

E-cigarette ban lifted by hospital trust

E-cigarette ban lifted by hospital trust

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Patients and visitors will be allowed to use e-cigarettes in the grounds of City Hospital and the Queen’s Medical Centre A hospital trust has lifted a ban on the use of e-cigarettes in its grounds. Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Queen Medical Centre and City Hospital, is […]

Cannabis may help treat bone fractures: study – Deccan Herald

A component in marijuana can significantly help heal bone fractures, according to a new study that paves the way for future use of cannabinoid drugs to combat osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases. According to the research at Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University, the administration of the non-psychotropic component cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) helps heal bone […]

Major frozen chicken recall after salmonella illnesses – CNNMoney

Major frozen chicken recall after salmonella illnesses – CNNMoney

Several million pounds of frozen chicken are being recalled after 11 people got sick from salmonella. Aspen Foods is recalling nearly two million pounds of frozen chicken after three people became ill in Minnesota, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This follows another recently expanded recall by Barber Foods of Portland, Maine, which is […]