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Shrewsbury trust warned over baby heart monitoring in 2007

Shrewsbury trust warned over baby heart monitoring in 2007

Image caption Abbie died aged 17 months in 2006 after being left with life-limiting injuries after her birth The trust at the centre of an investigation into a cluster of baby deaths during labour was warned a decade ago that its maternity services had to improve. In 2007, the NHS regulator told the Shrewsbury and […]

Shops agree to limit sugary drinks sales in hospitals

Shops agree to limit sugary drinks sales in hospitals

Image copyright SPL WHSmith, Marks & Spencer, Subway and Greggs have all agreed to cut the proportion of sugary drinks they sell in their hospital shops in England. NHS England has asked all retailers with hospital outlets to limit the drinks to no more than 10% of the total beverages they sell by next April. […]

Tennant and Colman support selfie mental health campaign

Tennant and Colman support selfie mental health campaign

Image caption Tennant and Colman were recently seen in ITV’s hit drama Broadchurch Broadchurch stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman have posted selfies of themselves to show their support for a BBC mental health initiative. Tom Hardy and Russell Brand have also pulled their fingers out – four to be precise – for the #1in4 […]

Global plan to wipe out hepatitis

Global plan to wipe out hepatitis

Image copyright Getty Images Countries must work together to wipe out viral hepatitis – a disease that is killing as many people globally as HIV and TB, says the World Health Organization (WHO). The death toll in 2015 was 1.34 million people, a new report reveals. An estimated 325 million people are living with chronic […]

Early hip fracture surgery will save hundreds of lives

Early hip fracture surgery will save hundreds of lives

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Surgery on hip fractures within 24 hours leads to a lower mortality rate in frail, elderly patients Hundreds of lives could be saved if patients with hip fractures were operated on in under 24 hours, a new study reveals. Researchers in Bristol found 8% more patients died after […]

Experts excited by brain ‘wonder-drug’

Experts excited by brain ‘wonder-drug’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There is no drug that slows the pace of dementia Scientists hope they have found a drug to stop all neurodegenerative brain diseases, including dementia. In 2013, a UK Medical Research Council team stopped brain cells dying in an animal for the first time, creating headline news around the […]

‘Phenomenal’ progress in fighting tropical diseases

‘Phenomenal’ progress in fighting tropical diseases

Image copyright RTI International/Louise Gubb Image caption More people are now getting treatment for lymphatic filariasis which makes limbs swell There has been a record-breaking achievement in distributing tablets to fight neglected tropical diseases, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says. The effort has ramped up since a key meeting in London five years ago. […]

Most teenagers happy with life, study finds

Most teenagers happy with life, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Most 15-year-olds report being happy with their lives, an international study of students’ well-being suggests. The report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found an average satisfaction score of 7.3 on a scale from nought to 10. UK teenagers had a below average satisfaction score of seven. But anxiety […]

Vaginal mesh implants: Hundreds sue NHS over ‘barbaric’ treatment

Vaginal mesh implants: Hundreds sue NHS over ‘barbaric’ treatment

Image caption Kate Langley has been left in permanent pain by her vaginal mesh implant More than 800 UK women are taking legal action against the NHS and the makers of vaginal mesh implants, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned. The implants are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence after childbirth, but some […]

Housing problems causing mental illness, says charity

Housing problems causing mental illness, says charity

Image copyright Shelter Image caption Brenda, pictured with her daughter and granddaughter, says she considered ending her life when she was faced with eviction Housing problems in England are causing people to suffer anxiety, depression and panic attacks, says Shelter. Of people who had experienced housing worries within the past five years, 69% said their […]

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