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‘Know your cholesterol like you know your Pin code’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Most cases of cardiovascular disease are preventable through a healthy diet and lifestyle People are being encouraged to know their cholesterol and blood pressure numbers as well as they know their bank Pin code – because it could save their life. These numbers flag up early signs of cardiovascular […]

Chemicals ‘repair damaged neurons in mice’

Image caption Brain signals weaken when some cells wear out New results suggest ageing brains can potentially be rejuvenated, at least in mice, according to researchers. Very early-stage experiments indicate that drugs can be developed to stop or even reverse mental decline. The results were presented at the 2019 meeting of the American Association for […]

A&E waits at worst level for 15 years in England

Image copyright Getty Images A&E waits in England have reached their worst level since the four-hour target was introduced in 2004. The deterioration in performance came after hospitals appeared to be coping well in the early part of winter. During January, only 84.4% of patients were treated or admitted in four hours – well below […]

‘Know your cholesterol like you know your Pin code’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Most cases of cardiovascular disease are preventable through a healthy diet and lifestyle People are being encouraged to know their cholesterol and blood pressure numbers as well as they know their bank Pin code – because it could save their life. These numbers flag up early signs of cardiovascular […]

Cannabis use in teens linked to depression

Image copyright Getty Images Parents should not be complacent about the risks of teenagers using cannabis, experts are warning. UK and Canada researchers said they had found “robust” evidence showing using the drug in adolescence increased the risk of developing depression in adulthood by 37%. They said the findings should act as a warning to […]

Send patients email not letters, GPs told

Image copyright Getty Images GPs in England must start routinely using email instead of sending letters to communicate with patients, the health secretary says. Matt Hancock wants email to become the default option by 2021. He said there was no reason why doctors could not email a test result or prescription – although people who […]

Fear wrong metal plates used to fix fractures

Image copyright Getty Images The wrong metal plates may have been inserted into patients who have broken bones, the NHS has admitted. Hospitals have been asked to review the X-rays of patients treated with metal plates for the fracture of long bones, such as arms and legs, in the past year. Patients at one trust […]

Young people told – become a care worker

Image copyright other Image caption Bradley McKenzie used to work as a fitness instructor, but now provides care to people with mental health and alcohol problems Young people in England are being targeted by the government in a bid to recruit thousands of more care workers. The Every Day is Different campaign will be promoted […]

Lyme disease can be diagnosed by ‘bull’s eye’ rash alone

Image copyright CDC Image caption The rash is raised around the edges Lyme disease can be diagnosed by the rash alone, new advice for the NHS says. People with the “bull’s eye” circular rash do not need a blood test and should be treated immediately to avoid complications, the National Institute for Health and Care […]

Calls for wider cervical cancer inquiry at Southmead Hospital

Image caption Julie O’Connor died from cervical cancer on 4 February The bereaved family of a nurse repeatedly given the all-clear for cervical cancer are fighting for a wider inquiry into her case. Julie O’Connor, 49, died on 4 February, after her condition was missed several times at Bristol’s Southmead Hospital. Days before her death, […]