‘I lost my left ear to my tanning addiction’

Anthea Smith tells the BBC’s Laura Mcmullan, who also had skin cancer, that she used sunbeds for years.
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Egg-freezing: What’s the success rate?

The fertility expert Lord Winston warns the success rate could be as low as 1% but others say it is considerably higher.
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Surgeon suspended over treatment concerns

The doctor worked at the same private healthcare firm as rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson.
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Coronavirus: Schools to be advised not to close over suspected cases

New guidance will tell schools not to close if there is a suspected case of coronavirus.
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Wearable to spot Alzheimer’s being developed

Five million healthy volunteers will be used to map signs of the disease years before symptoms develop.
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East Kent baby deaths: Independent review into NHS trust

A local MP says women are now “terrified” about giving birth at the two Kent hospitals.
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Young onset Parkinson’s disease surgery gives Luton man ‘lifeline’

The disease, which normally affects people later in life, forced Ryan to make a “scary” decision.
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Coronavirus: Eight of nine UK patients receiving treatment discharged

More than 100 people remain in quarantine in a hotel after arriving from China last weekend.
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Coronavirus: No change in outbreak despite China spike, WHO says

The World Health Organization says it is “not seeing a dramatic increase” in cases outside China.
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Dentists threatened by coronavirus face-mask shortage

Some may have to “down drills” following curbs on how many they can order, the dentists’ union says.
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Coronavirus: UK conference attendees warned over case

Two MPs cancel public engagements after attending a summit where an attendee was diagnosed with the illness.
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Mumps cases hit decade high in England

People are urged to get two doses of the MMR vaccine to maximise protection against the viral illness.
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East Kent baby deaths: Scale of deaths at trust ‘not clear-cut’

East Kent Hospitals Trust’s boss disputes the numbers of baby deaths it accepts responsibility for.
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Coronavirus: Hunt for contacts of latest UK case

A woman who flew into London from China becomes the ninth person to test positive in Britain.
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Coronavirus: Sharp increase in deaths and cases in Hubei

Two top officials are sacked after the spike was revealed, resulting from a new diagnostic method.
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Britain’s race to contain the coronavirus

Health officials are trying to contain the virus after a cluster of cases on the south coast. Can the virus be kept at bay?
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Coronavirus: Senior Chinese officials ‘removed’ as death toll hits 1,000

Hubei officials lose their jobs in the most high-profile ‘removals’ of the coronavirus outbreak.
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Type 2 diabetes cases in Scotland ‘up by 40% in 10 years’

The number of people diagnosed rose from 190,772 to 267,615 between 2008 and 2018, a study by Diabetes Scotland shows.
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Coronavirus disease named Covid-19

Researchers had been calling for an official name to avoid confusion around the virus.
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Coronavirus: UK businessman linked to virus cases speaks out

Steve Walsh, linked to 11 cases in the UK, France and Majorca, says his thoughts are with other patients.
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Sepsis: Baby ‘not given antibiotics for hours’, inquest hears

Three-month-old Lewys Crawford died the day after his parents took him to hospital.
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Wild swimming: Swansea man’s cold sea challenge ‘to get out of bed’

Josh Pike has been joined by groups of strangers on his year of sunrise swims – and a friendly seal.
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Coronavirus: Brighton GP practice closes after staff member tests positive

The move comes as the number of UK cases doubles, and ministers toughen rules on quarantine.
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Frozen-egg storage 10-year limit ‘could be extended’

Women’s choices on when to have children may be affected by the current law, ministers say.
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NHS cancer patients ‘missing out on basics information’

NHS staff pressures are leaving 120,000 patients a year “in the dark” about their illness, a charity says.
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HIV in older people: ‘I thought it was a young person’s illness’

Six in 10 over-50s with HIV receive a late diagnosis, as experts call for more awareness of sexually transmitted infections.
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Coronavirus ‘imminent threat’ to public health

UK government declares the virus a “serious and imminent threat” as it unveils new powers to fight it.
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Teeth-whitening: Reports of illegal procedures up 26%

An undercover investigation finds companies offering training for fraudulent qualifications.
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Coronavirus: NHS orders ‘assessment pods’ in England hospitals

The move is meant to protect other patients from infection if people ignore advice to self-isolate.
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Divisive weight loss wager firms target UK dieters

US-style websites where people win money for losing weight are using social media to reach Brits.
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Welsh NHS help for sepsis survivors ‘non-existent’

More than 10,000 people get sepsis each year in Wales and about 2,000 die, according to a charity.
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Coronavirus: Five Britons in French ski chalet catch virus

They are linked to the UK’s third case of the virus, a man who tested positive in Brighton.
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Jeremy Hunt calls for public inquiry into NHS after baby deaths

Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt questions why mistakes seem to “keep repeating themselves” .
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Li Wenliang: Coronavirus death of Wuhan doctor sparks anger

Li Wenliang’s death has sparked unprecedented levels of grief and anger on Chinese social media.
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Coronavirus: Next Britons flown from Wuhan to be taken to Milton Keynes

UK citizens returning from the coronavirus-hit city will be quarantined for 14 days.
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GP Manish Shah jailed for 90 sexual assaults on patients

Manish Shah is given three life sentences for assaulting 24 female patients – including a teenage girl.
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Complete vaginal-mesh removals ‘leaving material behind’

Dozens of women who thought they were having a “complete mesh removal” are said to be affected.
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Coronavirus: Third UK patient ‘caught coronavirus in Singapore’

The middle-aged man, diagnosed in Brighton, is being treated at a London hospital, it is understood.
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‘My newborn son died and gave another baby life’

Valentina Daprile lost her son when he was eight days old. She and her husband donated his organs so another child could live.
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Contraception shortage ‘causing utter chaos’

Experts say supply problems of key contraceptives could lead to unplanned pregnancies and abortions.
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West Midlands smear test results delayed by 10 weeks

Thousands of women are thought to have been affected by the backlog in the West Midlands.
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Coronavirus: Newborn becomes youngest person diagnosed with virus

The baby in Wuhan may have contracted the virus in the womb, or immediately after birth.
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Landmark study to transform cancer treatment

Scientists said 99% of understanding of cancer was missing until today.
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Ban term ‘painkiller’ to end obsession with drugs

Government adviser calls for change in culture on painkillers with greater focus on social issues.
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Ian Paterson: Surgeon wounded hundreds amid ‘culture of denial’

An inquiry recommends Ian Paterson’s 11,000 patients have their treatment reassessed.
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Coronavirus: Final UK flight to bring home Britons from Wuhan

Government charter comes after expats were urged to leave China as the outbreak claims more lives.
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How the new coronavirus will finally get a proper name

Scientists have told the BBC that after grappling behind closed doors they are close to an announcement.
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My fight with bureaucracy to work as cancer nurse

Australian Louisa Doyle is having to leave the UK because her application has dragged on for months.
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HIV vaccine hopes dashed by trial results

Experts share “deep disappointment” an experimental jab does not offer protection against HIV.
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Wales tax rises considered to pay for growing care costs

Ministers want a “grown-up debate” on paying for social care, with the idea of tax rises on the table.
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The Chinese doctor who tried to warn others about coronavirus

When Li Wenliang warned about a Sars-like virus at his hospital in Wuhan, authorities tried to silence him.
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Coronavirus: China admits ‘shortcomings and deficiencies’

China also ordered a crackdown on illegal wildlife markets, where the virus reportedly emerged.
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Coronavirus: US and Australia close borders to Chinese arrivals

The US and Australia are among the countries that have implemented rare travel restrictions.
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Coronavirus: UK patient is University of York student

The university says the risk of the infection being passed on to other people on campus is “low”.
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Coronavirus: More Britons evacuated from Wuhan on French flight

The British nationals are expected to land in France at around lunchtime, before flying to the UK.
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Coronavirus: First death outside China reported in Philippines

A 44-year-old Chinese man has died after travelling to the Philippines from the city of Wuhan.
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Hernia mesh implants used ‘with no clinical evidence’

The devices cut into tissue and nerves, leaving some unable to walk, work or care for their children.
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Women who had botched operations left with no payouts

Dishonest cosmetic surgeon had no medical insurance to cover patient compensation, says tribunal.
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Miscarriage can lead to ‘long-term post-traumatic stress’

One in six women is still suffering nine months after they lose their baby, research suggests.
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Pensions row ‘making bad situation worse in NHS’

Doctors are still refusing overtime despite NHS bosses promising to cover tax bills, hospitals say.
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‘Miracle baby’ born after womb transplant

Benjamin is only the second child in the US to be born through the procedure.
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Care firm’s leadership criticised by Care Quality Commission

Inspectors were worried about use of restraint, risk management and lack of accountability at Cygnet.
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Eczema, acne and skin-picking: ‘More mental health help needed’

More importance needs to be placed on the psychological effects of skin conditions, a charity says.
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‘Huntington’s has affected everyone I ever loved’

Sandy Patience wants to help find a treatment for the degenerative disease that has blighted his family.
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Hywel Dda: NHS operations cancelled for third day in a row

Routine operations are to be cancelled at four hospitals due to issues over winter pressures.
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Health strike: RCN nurses in second day’s strike

More than 2,000 appointments are cancelled and the health board expects “significant disruption”.
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NHS use of puberty blockers legal challenge begins

A mother and a nurse launch a legal challenge over the use of drugs to delay puberty.
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Fish smell syndrome TMAU ‘like living with a death sentence’

Paula Thomas says she cannot work and avoids crowds due to a condition that causes her to smell of rotten fish.
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Diabetes drug ‘may help prevent a miscarriage’

It makes the womb lining better prepared for pregnancy, a trial in women with recurrent miscarriage suggests.
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The GP practice where patients can share appointments

Group sessions allow more GP time and the chance to meet others with the same illness, advocates say.
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‘Misery’ for A&E patients facing record-long waits

Patients are waiting hours on trolleys as a beds shortage causes backlogs in emergency departments.
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Tafida Raqeeb: Brain-damaged girl in High Court case out of intensive care

The Italian hospital treating Tafida Raqeeb says she has managed to breath without help for an hour.
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Mystery Chinese virus: How worried should we be?

More than 50 people have been infected with a newly discovered virus.
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Languages affected differently by brain disease

English and Italian speakers with dementia struggled in different ways with their native tongue.
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Fatty tongues could be main driver of sleep apnoea

Fat lost from the tongue was the reason for improvements in a sleep apnoea weight loss study.
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‘My ability to see depends on men giving blood’

Jo Daniels is urging more men to donate blood, after figures showed a gender imbalance.
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GP shortages cause ‘unacceptable’ patient waits

The Royal College of GPs ask Health Secretary Matt Hancock to take urgent action to tackle the problem.
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Healthy habits ‘deliver extra disease-free decade’

Women and men can ward off cancer, heart problems and diabetes, a US study finds.
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Record numbers wait more than 12 hours in Scottish A&Es

A total of 987 people faced lengthy waits in Scottish emergency departments last November.
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Hywel Dda cancels operations for second day running

A nurses’ leader says staff face a daily battle to make sure patients “get the care they require”.
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Scottish project tackles pills’ ‘environmental impact’

Experts in the Highlands and Glasgow want to prevent lifesaving medicines harming the environment.
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NHS pressures ‘put medical breakthroughs at risk’

The proportion of senior doctors involved in leading research programmes is falling, say academics.
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Caring for two-year-old with unique ageing condition

Isla is thought to be the only person in the world with the condition, that accelerates the ageing of cells.
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Brain ‘shrinks’ if children neglected

Adopted children who suffered deprivation in Romanian orphanages had smaller brains than others.
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Ex-footballers urged to sign up for early dementia tests

Former Norwich City player Iwan Roberts is taking part in a study to track brain health into old age.
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Running marathon cuts years off ‘artery age’

Training for a first marathon delivers more elastic arteries and lower blood pressure, experts say.
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Veganism: Why are vegan diets on the rise?

More and more people are buying plant-powered products. What’s behind the rise?
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Welsh hospitals: Pest control called for rats and ants

Rats and ants top the pest control issues experienced by hospitals, freedom of information requests reveal.
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Tory Annie Wells calls for ‘radical’ action on drug deaths

Annie Wells says measures including decriminalisation and introducing “fix rooms” should be considered.
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China pneumonia: Sars ruled out as dozens fall ill in Wuhan

A mysterious illness is not caused by the virus that killed hundreds in 2002-03, officials said.
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Age of carers is ‘looming crisis’ for adult care

The increasing age of carers looking after adults with learning disabilities is a “looming crisis”, a study claims.
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Call to give hospital appointment no-shows second chance

GPs urge hospitals not to strike people off the list straight away for missing appointments.
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Fentanyl deaths on rise in UK, drug report warns

The painkiller is said to be up to 100 times stronger than morphine and is entering UK markets.
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Sunken chest syndrome: ‘I’m being strangled inside’

Kerry Van Der Merwe has been fighting to be allowed surgery for a condition that baffles many GPs.
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China pneumonia outbreak: Mystery virus probed in Wuhan

Some 44 people have been infected in the central city of Wuhan, officials say.
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Lidl to ditch cartoons on cereals

The retailer says it hopes redesigning its own-brand cereals will help parents buy healthy products.
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Scotland ‘could have helped hundreds avoid HIV’

A Scottish facility had spare capacity to produce safe blood products in the 1980s but risky supplies were still imported.
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‘Outdated’ IT leaves NHS staff with 15 different computer logins

Hospitals say problems can waste hundreds of hours of staff time every day.
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Are your friends bad for your health?

We tend to copy the way our friends and family behave, potentially leading us to put on weight or even divorce.
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Testicular cancer: ‘Kinder’ chemotherapy is ‘just as effective’

Doctors say the number of cycles of chemotherapy can be halved without increasing risk of a relapse.
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Balsall Common couple raise £1m for stillbirth support

Ryan and Amy Jackson set up the Lily Mae Foundation after losing their daughter a decade ago.
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Eating disorder hospital admissions rise sharply

NHS figures show admissions have risen by more than a third over the last two years.
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Smokers past and present ‘live in more pain’

Smokers and ex-smokers who have quit report being in more pain than people who have never smoked.
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China jails ‘gene-edited babies’ scientist for three years

He Jiankui said he altered the genes of a set of twins to try to give them protection against HIV.
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Scrap ‘quick-fix diets and tea-toxes’ this New Year

Fad weight loss strategies don’t work well and can be harmful, says NHS England’s top doctor.
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Not enough NHS staff for people with cancer, charity warns

Macmillan Cancer Support says patients feel that doctors and nurses are overstretched.
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The biggest medical breakthroughs of 2019

The year of treating the untreatable: 2019 breakthroughs that could transform medicine.
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Autism diagnosis: ‘I want 40 years of my life back’

People diagnosed with autism in adulthood describe growing up believing they were “bad” or “alien”.
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NHS to offer cancer patients ‘prehab’ fitness plan ‘to boost recovery’

Thousands will be offered fitness programmes in the hope of “priming” them for their recovery.
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Contaminated blood scandal: Welsh frustration at payments wait

Victims of the contaminated blood scandal worry they may die before payment parity issues are resolved.
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Free NHS hospital parking for thousands in ‘greatest need’

People with disabilities and NHS staff on night shifts will be among those to benefit from April.
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New Year Honours 2020: NHS chief knighted

Simon Stevens has helped secure extra funding for the health service in England during his five-year tenure.
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Dog walker helps men talk about mental health

Rob Osman started the group Dudes And Dogs when he realised dog walking had pulled him out of depression.
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The bakery in a mental health hospital

In an unusual bakery in a mental health hospital outside Beijing, the patients are the bakers.
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Nurses’ strike NI: Why are Northern Ireland’s nurses going on strike?

BBC News NI explains the background to the Royal College of Nursing walking out for the first time.
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The children at risk of eating themselves to death

“One sweet here, another one there – that could kill him,” says a man whose son has Prader-Willi syndrome.
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Royal Berkshire Hospital vandals ‘putting lives at risk’

Damaged parking barriers Royal Berkshire Hospital are leading to “lengthy delays”.
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‘Inspirational’ cancer boy’s legacy lives on

Laughlin Whiteley died in 2014 but his craft box charity continues to help severely ill children.
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Girl’s cancer treatment ‘best Christmas present’

An anonymous donor helps eight-year-old Anna Drysdale reach her cancer treatment funding target.
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We gave up Christmas to fight measles in Samoa

British doctors and nurses are battling to save children’s lives from measles on Christmas Day.
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World ‘faces 80% calorie increase by end of century’

The amount of food needed to feed the world’s population by the end of the century could increase by almost 80%, a study suggests.
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Cystic fibrosis boy from Hull gets new drug after campaign

Seven-year-old Olly can now get Orkambi after the NHS struck a deal with the manufacturer.
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Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn praise NHS in Christmas messages

Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pay tribute to NHS staff and other public sector workers.
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Christmas: Beware ‘lethal’ button batteries in toys

If accidentally swallowed, the tiny batteries can burn and choke young children, doctors warn.
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Viewpoint: Prostate cancer screening test ‘in sight’

A screening programme using MRI scans could save thousands of lives, says a leading UK expert.
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Stafford Hospital scandal: The real story behind Channel 4’s The Cure

A new drama tells the story of the Stafford Hospital scandal – one of the biggest in the NHS’s history.
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Kettering hospital ‘sorry’ over failure to spot broken neck

Kettering hospital admits mistakes in a safeguarding review into the death of an 86-year-old woman.
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Shropshire baby deaths: NHS trust was paid £1m for good care

Hundreds of parents allege Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust provided poor maternity care.
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Glasgow health board to take legal action over hospital contractor

The contractor that designed and built the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital complex is taken to court.
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Muckamore Abbey Hospital: 39 patients still in hospital

Despite assessments that say they could live in the community, patients remain at the hospital.
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Sacla’, Waitrose and Aldi pesto products recalled over peanut fears

The affected products include the brand Sacla’ as well as supermarkets Waitrose and Aldi.
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The TV repeats and old songs that help people with dementia

Familiar old films or a favourite festive song can help those with dementia reconnect with family and friends.
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NHS hospitals trust for Peterborough, Huntingdon and Stamford ‘requires improvement’

Hospital inspectors have concerns about the number of “competent and experienced” staff.
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The Priory: Children’s mental health ward inadequate

An inspection was carried out after concerns were raised by families and the public.
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Cannabis-based medicine for epilepsy available on NHS from January

NHS England says access to Epidyolex has been fast-tracked and will be available from 6 January.
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How to cope with an eating disorder at Christmas

New advice is released to help those living with eating disorders over the festive season.
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Lip filler was ‘like having golf ball injected’

A woman whose lip filler went wrong says it is crazy that clinic staff do not have to be medically trained.
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Birmingham cancer research lab opens with bakery worker’s £1.5m legacy

Michael Dubrowsky left his savings to the Birmingham Royal Orthopaedic Hospital where he was treated.
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Sparkhill GP’s patient sex assault conviction quashed

A full judgement is expected in the new year after an appeal ruling on the doctor.
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Sparkhill GP’s patient sex assault conviction quashed

A full judgement is expected in the new year after an appeal ruling on the doctor.
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West Midlands Ambulance Service sued over bowel death

Lynda Gower’s family say it is likely she would have survived if taken to hospital earlier.
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Royal Derby Hospital: Disposable sterile hijabs introduced

Junior doctor Farah Roslan got the idea after having to leave an operating theatre due to her hijab.
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Secretary of State to convene health summit with party leaders

It comes after strike action by health staff calling for pay parity and safer staffing levels.
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Vegans ‘need to be aware of B12 deficiency risk’

Scientists say it’s ‘not a myth’ that people on a vegan diet need extra vitamin B12.
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Health strike: Thousands of nurses begin 12-hour strike

It is the first strike action by the Royal College of Nursing in its 103-year-history.
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Motor neurone disease ‘linked to cholesterol’

UK scientists say their discovery could help in the search for new treatments.
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GPs ‘shun full-time work as pressures take toll’

Nearly half of GPs now work part-time with a drive to increase numbers under threat, regulators warn.
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GPs ‘shun full-time work as pressures take toll’

Nearly half of GPs now work part-time with a drive to increase numbers under threat, regulators warn.
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NHS ‘should not pay’ US surrogacy costs after cancer misdiagnosis

The woman was awarded £1.14m in damages after doctors failed to spot her cervical cancer for years.
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Many at risk of flu this Christmas, experts say

They predict a peak in cases and want people to get immunised now, before visiting friends and family.
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What’s the best colour lighting for sleep?

Contrary to popular belief, the blue light from screens might not be that bad, researchers say.
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Broadmoor Hospital: High security £250m high security site opens in Crowthorne

The hospital replaces the 150-year-old Victorian building which previously housed patients with mental illness.
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Poorest countries facing both obesity and malnutrition

Food systems are behind poor growth and over-eating in many low-income countries, a report says.
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‘There were no beds on the children’s ward’

Louise Webb says she waited six hours in hospital for her daughter Lily to be seen by a paediatrician.
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Boy’s rare eye cancer spotted in photograph

Noah Blanks, aged six, had an eye removed after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
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Could talking about football help combat dementia?

Patients and their carers in Birmingham meet to reminisce about players and the game they love.
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General election 2019: Have 17,000 NHS beds been cut in England?

Is Labour right to say that 17,000 NHS beds have been cut by the Conservatives in England?
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Why can’t this doctor work in the UK?

An refugee doctor would love to work in the UK, and the NHS would love to have him – but there’s a hitch.
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