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Flu vaccine delays for over-65s ‘resolved by weekend’

Image copyright Science Photo Library GPs and patients frustrated by a shortage of the new flu vaccine for over-65s are being told the final delivery batch will arrive by Saturday. NHS England said there would be enough vaccines for everyone to be protected ahead of winter. But doctors’ leaders said more guidance should have been […]

NHS bosses look to overhaul cancer screening

Image copyright Science Photo Library Cancer screening programmes are to be reviewed following high-profile mistakes that have put thousands of patients in England at risk. NHS England has asked former government cancer tsar Sir Mike Richards to look at what changes are needed. Three national schemes cover breast, cervical and bowel cancers. On Wednesday, it […]

Thousands caught up in ‘appalling’ cervical screening blunder

Image copyright Science Photo Library More than 40,000 women in England have not received information regarding cervical cancer screening after a failure to send out letters by the NHS. The errors were made between January and June. Around 4,000 of them were results of tests, the remainder were letters inviting them for screening or reminding […]

Diabetes glucose monitors ‘available to thousands more’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The glucose monitoring device works via a sensor attached to the skin, allowing people to check their blood sugar levels Wearable glucose monitors will be made available to tens of thousands more people with type 1 diabetes from April 2019, NHS England has announced. Its decision comes after […]

Pollution linked to ‘stunted lung capacity’ in London schoolchildren

Image copyright Queen Mary University of London Image caption An approximate 5% reduction in children’s lung capacity was linked to exposures to diesel-dominated air pollution Children living in London boroughs with high diesel pollution suffer from stunted lung capacity, putting them at risk of early death, a study has said. Pupils living in areas that […]

Thousands caught up in ‘appalling’ cervical screening blunder

Image copyright Science Photo Library More than 40,000 women in England have not received information regarding cervical cancer screening after a failure to send out letters by the NHS. The errors were made between January and June. Around 4,000 of them were results of tests, the remainder were letters inviting them for screening or reminding […]

Diabetes glucose monitors ‘available to thousands more’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The glucose monitoring device works via a sensor attached to the skin, allowing people to check their blood sugar levels Wearable glucose monitors will be made available to tens of thousands more people with type 1 diabetes from April 2019, NHS England has announced. Its decision comes after […]

‘I avoid kissing as my peanut allergy could kill me’

Image copyright Oli Weatherall Image caption 22-year-old Oli Weatherall who has a severe peanut allergy. There are lots of reasons to dread moving in for that first kiss – dying isn’t normally one of them. But for Oli Weatherall it’s a major concern along with going on flights and eating out. The 22-year-old from Surrey […]

Call for UK ban on ‘grotesquely sugary’ freakshakes

Media captionPeople in Manchester explain why “freakshakes” hold such appeal The campaign group Action on Sugar is demanding a ban on freakshakes and all milkshakes with more than 300 calories. It surveyed milkshakes sold in restaurants and fast food shops in the UK and found they contained “grotesque levels of sugar and calories”. Freakshakes are […]

Call for UK ban on ‘grotesquely sugary’ freakshakes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Most freakshakes in the survey would receive a red/high label for excessive levels of sugar per serving The campaign group Action on Sugar is demanding a ban on freakshakes and all milkshakes with more than 300 calories. It surveyed milkshakes sold in restaurants and fast food shops in the […]

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