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Two critical after Salisbury substance ‘exposure’

Image caption The hospital’s A&E was closed on Monday while two people were treated Two people are in a critical condition after being exposed to an “unknown substance”. Wiltshire Police were called on Sunday afternoon to help a man and a woman in Salisbury who were subsequently taken to the city’s district hospital. A number […]

Is it wrong to be blunt about obesity?

Image copyright Getcomedy Image caption Comedian Sofie Hagen said Cancer Research UK’s campaign was “incredibly damaging” When Cancer Research this week revealed that millennials are set to become the most overweight generation since records began, there was a key message – after smoking, obesity is the second biggest cause of cancer. It called for a […]

Prostate test ‘breakthrough’ in NHS trial

Image caption A state-of-the-art MRI scan could reduce a man’s prostate cancer diagnosis by weeks The NHS plans to cut prostate cancer diagnosis times from six weeks to a matter of days, NHS England has said. Currently a test for men with prostate cancer requires an MRI scan and a biopsy where a dozen samples […]

Satisfaction with GP services at record low

Media captionGovernment must give more money to healthcare, says professor Public satisfaction with GP services has fallen to its lowest level since records began in 1983, according to the annual British Social Attitudes survey. Satisfaction dropped seven percentage points to 65% in the 2017 study, making it the first time general practice has not been […]

First surrogacy guidance published for England and Wales

Image copyright Getty Images Guidance on how to start a family using a surrogate has been published for England and Wales for the first time by the government. It recommends written agreements to cover how the baby is conceived and any future relationships between surrogate and child. The government also advises parents who use surrogates […]

Some smear test abnormalities ‘self-heal’

Media captionWhat happens during a smear test? Early cell changes that can turn into cervical cancer may not need treatment and may get better on their own in 50% of cases, according to a new study. The British Medical Journal research looked at the outcomes of more than 3,000 women and found half of the […]

Most UK cannabis ‘super strength skunk’

Image copyright Getty Images Most cannabis being sold illegally in the UK is super-strength skunk linked to a higher risk of psychotic mental health episodes, an analysis of 995 samples seized by the police suggests. In 2016, 94% of police seizures were high-potency marijuana, compared to 85% in 2008 and 51% in 2005. The drug […]

Government publishes key vaccine report

Image copyright Just Giving Image caption Faye Burdett was taken to an accident and emergency unit with a rash on her forehead but died days later A long-awaited report into how the government makes decisions about which vaccines to fund has been published. It follows calls for greater transparency about why a vaccine to protect […]

Healthy chicken shops to fight obesity

Image copyright Getty Images Child obesity is a “ticking time bomb”, according to experts, with one in three children overweight by the time they leave primary school. There has been a big focus on how the government can tackle the issue – for example, next month the sugar tax comes into force. But a report […]

Ellie-May Clark died after GP turned her away for being late

Image copyright Athena Pictures A five-year-old girl with a history of asthma was turned away from seeing her doctor because she was “late” – and died that night in hospital. An inquest heard Ellie-May Clark was not seen by Grange Clinic in Newport despite having an emergency appointment because it operated a “10 minute rule”. […]