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Taxpayer-funded drugs 'too expensive for patients’

BBC / Health

Campaigners say UK taxpayers "effectively pay twice" for medicines, increasing NHS budget pressures.

Friday, Oct 20

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Tougher measures for 999 staff attacks backed

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We need to stand by those who stand by us, says an MP whose bill is a step closer to becoming law.

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Call for more Irlen Syndrome specialists in schools

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Children who are unaware they have Irlen Syndrome are "being turned off education", it is claimed.

Ulster Hospital discrimination case over food allergies

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Girls with "life-threatening" food allergies were exposed to food in an allergy clinic waiting room.

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Somalia among worst for pollution deaths

BBC / News

Pollution has been linked to nine million deaths each year worldwide, according to a report in The Lancet.

Thursday, Oct 19

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'Handful of changes' make cancer

BBC / Health

It takes between one and 10 mutations to turn a healthy cell cancerous.

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No applicants for GP job at locum-run Pembrokeshire surgery

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Not a single person applied to work as a GP in the surgery which is currently staffed by locums.

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Novelty contact lenses 'can cause sight loss'

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Eye experts warn of nasty infections and even sight loss if they are not used safely.

03

'Steep rise' in self-harm among teenage girls

BBC / Health

Researchers say it is likely the increase is real and not just down to better awareness from GPs.

Hundreds of families block organ donation

BBC / UK

Legally, consent lies with the deceased, but in practice, relatives' wishes are always respected.

Wednesday, Oct 18

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NHS Tracker: Five things we've learned

BBC / Health

This week saw the BBC launch its NHS Tracker project. The online search allows users to find out how their local services perform against the three key targets covering accident and emergency departments, cancer care and planned operations…

Women 'deserve apology' over vaginal mesh implants

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Hundreds of women say the vaginal implants left them in pain and unable to walk, work or have sex.

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Government rejects call for vaginal mesh implants ban

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A group of women who say the implants wrecked their lives had called for a public inquiry and a ban.

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Dyslexia link to eye spots confusing brain, say scientists

BBC / Europe

Experts say the findings are exciting but unlikely to explain the causes for all dyslexia.

Chicken food poisoning levels falling

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The bug campylobacter, present in some chickens, is the leading cause of food poisoning in the UK.

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Children 'embarrassed by tipsy parents'

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Adults do not have to drink a lot for children to notice changes in their behaviour, a study says.

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Does it matter if NHS targets are missed?

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These are external links and will open in a new window Hospital targets are a blunt measure of performance. By their very nature, there is an absolute cut off. Fall above the line and you succeed. Fall below - even by one patient - and you…

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The tale of two hospitals

BBC / Health

NHS hospitals are facing major challenges in dealing with patient numbers, outbreaks of diseases like flu and hitting performance targets. So how do two of them, one in London, one in north-east England, cope with the strains they face?…

Scotland only part of UK to hit A&E target

BBC / UK

Hospital performance slumps across UK with staff warning hitting key targets now an 'impossible' job.

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'Go to the dentist and get fined £100'

BBC

Dentists warn that thousands of vulnerable people are wrongly being fined over dental treatment.

Pre-sex HIV drug 'no-brainer' for NHS

BBC / Health

Prep treatment could prevent a quarter of new HIV cases and save the NHS millions, experts calculate.

'I spent savings rather than wait'

BBC / Health

Patients facing long waits for treatment tell the BBC what it is like to be left in limbo.

Tuesday, Oct 17

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NHS surgery waits run into years in Northern Ireland

BBC / UK

Waiting times are increasing as the health services struggles to cope, figures obtained by the BBC reveal.

Drug therapy 'restores breathing' after spinal injury

BBC / Health

The researchers hope the results in rats could ultimately help paralysed patients come off ventilators.

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AI used to detect breast cancer risk

BBC / Technology

Machine learning is being used to spot whether breast lesions are cancerous or not.

Leeds United players and staff donate pay to boy's cancer care

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Toby Nye was diagnosed with a stage four neuroblastoma on his fourth birthday.

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Check the key targets in your area

BBC / Health

Use our tracker to check whether your local services are meeting strict waiting-time targets for cancer, routine operations and A&E.

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Mental health care for new mothers in Wales 'unacceptable'

BBC / Health

There is no mother and baby unit in Wales to help those suffering with mental health illnesses.

Breast cancer warning after man's 'impossible' diagnosis

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Breast cancer in men is rare but it's still an issue for the 10 men diagnosed with it every year in NI.

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Norovirus warning

BBC / Health

Wales' largest health board urges people to be alert to sickness bug.