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Hospital waiting list in England highest since 2007

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people waiting for a hospital operation in England is at its highest for more than a decade An estimated 4.2m people are waiting to be seen – the highest since 2007. April’s figures also showed growing numbers waiting more than 18 weeks, the treatment target time, including people […]

Unfit in middle age: Are you doomed?

Image copyright Getty Images Are you someone in middle age who keeps putting off that planned health kick for another day? If so, a couple of new studies may give you a sense of urgency. One paper found that elevated blood pressure in middle age increases the risk of dementia, while another says being frail […]

Could your medications be making you depressed?

Image copyright Getty Images When you hear of a drug having side-effects you might think of a physical reaction like a rash or a headache. But according to a new US study, many commonly-prescribed drugs may increase the risk of depression. The list includes heart medications, birth control pills and some painkillers – things lots […]

Bottle feeding is a woman’s right, midwives told

Image copyright Science Photo Library If a woman decides not to breastfeed her baby it is her choice and must be respected, midwives are being told. The Royal College of Midwives’ new position statement makes it explicitly clear that women should be supported if, after being given advice, information and support, they opt to bottle […]

Prostate cancer spit test is trialled

Image copyright BackyardProduction A spit test to detect men at increased risk of prostate cancer has started early trials. The new DNA test looks for high-risk genes that are thought to affect one in every 100 men. Three hundred men are taking part in the trials, from three London GP surgeries. Developing better diagnostic tests […]

Tea towels ‘can cause food poisoning’

Image copyright Getty Images Multi-use of tea towels is putting households at risk of food poisoning, research suggests. Scientists from the University of Mauritius examined 100 towels that had been used for a month. They found E.coli was more likely to be found on towels used for multiple jobs, such as wiping utensils and cleaning […]

Birthday Honours 2018: Health workers honoured in NHS 70th year

Image copyright NHS Image caption Prof Sue Hill has been made a dame and Yvonne Coghill director of race equality at the NHS has been given a CBE In the 70th year since the foundation of the NHS, health workers make up one in eight of people recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. More […]

SNP conference: Sturgeon announces ‘immediate’ NHS pay rise

Image copyright PA Image caption Ms Sturgeon’s announcement was met by cheers from delegates at the conference The majority of NHS Scotland staff will receive a 3% pay rise this year, Nicola Sturgeon has announced. She told the SNP conference that staff currently earning up to £80,000 will receive at least a 3% increase. And […]

The children who hear ‘terrifying’ voices

Media captionLaura Moulding first started hearing voices aged three One in 12 children is thought to persistently hear voices that are not there. Sometimes they tell them they are worthless. Now new research suggests the reaction of adults can affect the voices they hear in future. “It’s like being in a crowded room. All you […]

NHS staff vote for 6.5% pay deal

Image copyright PA More than one million NHS workers in England will receive a three-year pay deal worth 6.5% after staff voted in favour of the offer. Hospital cleaners, nurses, security guards, physiotherapists, emergency call handlers, paramedics, midwives, radiographers and other NHS staff across England will receive the rise. They should now get the money […]