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Check NHS cancer, A&E and operations targets in your area

The NHS is under unprecedented pressure. Rising numbers of patients need hospital care – whether in an accident and emergency department, for cancer treatment or for planned operations and care, such as knee and hip replacements. For each there are strict targets local services are expected to meet across the UK. But what are the […]

Dyslexia link to eye spots confusing brain, say scientists

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption People with dyslexia have difficulty learning to read, write or spell French scientists say they may have found a potential cause of dyslexia which could be treatable, hidden in tiny cells in the human eye. In a small study they found that most dyslexics had dominant round spots […]

Government rejects call for vaginal mesh implants ban

Image caption A group of 60 women met MPs in July to discuss their concerns over mesh implants The government has rejected a call for an inquiry and a ban on surgical mesh implants across the UK. It follows a debate on the matter by MPs in the House of Commons. A number of women […]

Pre-sex HIV drug ‘no-brainer’ for NHS

Image copyright Getty Images A drug to dramatically cut the risk of HIV infection during sex would save the UK around £1bn over the next 80 years, say scientists. The team at University College London says Prep, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a “no-brainer” for the NHS. The study predicts that giving Prep to men who […]

Chicken food poisoning levels falling

Image copyright PA The number of supermarket chickens contaminated with food poisoning bug campylobacter is continuing to fall, according to the Food Standards Agency. Figures from 2016-17 showed only 6.5% of fresh UK-produced chickens tested positive at the highest contamination level, down from 19.7% in 2014-15. And from April to July, the last period of […]

Restaurant chain ‘cut sugary drink sales’ with price rise

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption 10p or 3% was added to the price of sugar-sweetened drinks and healthier soft drinks were added to the menu An increase in the price of sugary drinks in restaurants and the offer of healthier alternatives could encourage customers to cut back on sugar, a study suggests. In Jamie’s […]

Mental health care for new mothers in Wales ‘unacceptable’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Wales’ own mother and baby unit was closed in 2013 Calls have been made for a specialist mother and baby unit to open in Wales to help those suffering mental illness. The lack of in-patient care for women suffering from severe perinatal mental health illnesses has been described as […]

‘I felt so low, I couldn’t see a way out’

“To get to my school I had to cross a railway bridge and I would just stand there and think ‘I could just jump off’. “It felt overwhelming and like I was alone. I just felt so, so low, I couldn’t see a way out.” Calleigh, now 18, was self-harming when she was 11 and […]

Concern over norovirus increase by Betsi Cadwaladr health board

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Norovirus costs the UK economy £15m every year, Bangor University researchers say The largest health board in Wales is urging people to be alert to the symptoms of norovirus, amid concerns over a rise in cases this year. Last November, a major outbreak of the winter vomiting bug hit […]

AI used to detect breast cancer risk

AI used to detect breast cancer risk

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption AI could help prevent unnecessary surgeries, researchers say US scientists are using artificial intelligence to predict whether breast lesions identified from a biopsy will turn out to cancerous. The machine learning system has been tested on 335 high-risk lesions, and correctly diagnosed 97% as malignant. It reduced the number […]

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