Children in England ‘deserve better’ from healthcare

Children in England ‘deserve better’ from healthcare

Image copyright Getty Images The health of children in England is being harmed by deepening public sector cuts and “disjointed” government policies, a report has found. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said the government had failed to improve care in a number of “fundamental areas”, such as by banning junk food advertising. […]

The good A&E facing unprecedented winter pressures

University Hospital of North Tees has some of the best waiting times in England but exclusive access to the hospital shows staff facing a flu outbreak and winter pressures. Patients can wait in corridors before getting a bed, while ambulances build up outside. Staff say the NHS is in the worst state they’ve seen yet. […]

Asthma patients ‘not receiving basic care’

Asthma patients ‘not receiving basic care’

Image copyright Donna Green Image caption Tiernan died before he was able to attend his annual asthma review Nearly two-thirds of people with asthma are still not receiving the basic level of care despite claims it could prevent two out of three asthma deaths a year, according to a survey by Asthma UK. The study […]

Boris Johnson rebuked over NHS cash plea

Boris Johnson rebuked over NHS cash plea

Media captionHammond: Boris Johnson is foreign secretary (not health secretary) Theresa May has called for discussions about future NHS funding to remain private after Boris Johnson publicly called for more money after Brexit. Before Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, it was widely reported that the foreign secretary would pitch for a £100m a week “Brexit dividend” for […]

Constipation death ‘wholly preventable’

Constipation death ‘wholly preventable’

Image copyright Handley family photo Image caption A pathologist told the inquest that Richard Handley vomited and choked The mother of a man who died from complications related to constipation told an inquest his death was “wholly preventable”. Richard Handley, who had Down’s syndrome, died at Ipswich Hospital on 17 November 2012. Some 10kg (1.5 […]

Persian shallot ‘could help fight TB antibiotic resistance’

Persian shallot ‘could help fight TB antibiotic resistance’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A type of shallot used in Iranian cooking could help “reverse the tide” of drug-resistant TB, researchers found A type of onion could help the fight against antibiotic resistance in cases of tuberculosis, a study has suggested. Researchers believe the antibacterial properties extracted from the Persian shallot could increase […]

Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’

Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’

Media captionCancer blood test shows promise but more research is needed, says Prof Richard Marais Scientists have taken a step towards one of the biggest goals in medicine – a universal blood test for cancer. A team at Johns Hopkins University has trialled a method that detects eight common forms of the disease. Their vision […]

NHS bail-outs could become new normal, National Audit Office says

NHS bail-outs could become new normal, National Audit Office says

Image copyright Getty Images Repeated bail-outs to help the NHS cope with pressure on services and finances could become the “new normal”, the National Audit Office has said. It comes after the auditor found NHS bodies used extra funds partly intended to transform services to shore up finances during 2016-17. The NAO said short-term funding […]

‘Adolescence now lasts from 10 to 24’

‘Adolescence now lasts from 10 to 24’

Image copyright Getty Images Adolescence now lasts from the ages of 10 to 24, although it used to be thought to end at 19, scientists say. Young people continuing their education for longer, as well as delayed marriage and parenthood, has pushed back popular perceptions of when adulthood begins. Changing the definition is vital to […]

UK ‘in grip of worst flu season since 2011’

UK ‘in grip of worst flu season since 2011’

Image copyright Getty Images The UK is in the grip of its worst flu season for seven years, figures show. All parts of the UK have seen rises in suspected flu cases since the turn of the year with Wales seeing the sharpest – close to a fourfold increase in GP visits to 64.9 cases […]

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