HEALTH

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The hospitals that fail to treat patients on time

Image copyright Ridofranz/Getty Images Nearly one in five local hospital services are consistently failing to hit any of their key waiting-time targets, BBC analysis shows. Twenty-nine hospital trusts and boards out of 157 have not hit a single target for a whole year. Northern Ireland is struggling the most – all five trusts have failed […]

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Yemen crisis: 85,000 children ‘dead from malnutrition’

Image copyright Mohammed Awadh/Save the Children Image caption Children under the age of five are at greater risk of death from severe malnutrition An estimated 85,000 children under the age of five may have died from acute malnutrition in three years of war in Yemen, a leading charity says. The number is equivalent to the […]

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Sugar tax on soft drinks raises £154m

Image copyright Getty Images The new sugar tax on soft drinks has raised £153.8m since it was introduced in April, the government has said. The figure, which covers the period to the end of October, means the tax is on track to raise the estimated proceeds of £240m for the full year. The new tax […]

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Parents ‘not wholly to blame for child weight gain’

Image copyright Getty Images Pointing the finger of blame at parents for children’s weight gain may be unfair, research suggests. It has been thought that parents’ feeding patterns are a major factor in whether a child is under or overweight. But a study suggests parents adapt their feeding styles in line with a child’s natural […]

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E. coli outbreak: Romaine lettuce probed in US and Canada

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption People in both the US and Canada have been infected Romaine lettuce has been linked to an outbreak of E. coli in the US and Canada, health officials say. At least 32 people have been sickened in the US, with 13 taken to hospital, while another 18 people have been […]

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Blackpool hospital worker held over ‘poisoning’ claims

Image copyright Google Image caption Police said the investigation was at a very early stage A healthcare professional at a hospital has been arrested over the alleged administration of poison or a noxious substance to patients. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust raised concerns over care to some patients on 8 November, Lancashire Police said. […]

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Peanut allergy treatment ‘in sight’

Media captionPeanut allergy sufferer Emily says she can now eat birthday cake Peanut allergy can be beaten with a treatment that slowly builds up tolerance, a large study shows. None of nearly 500 four- to 17-year-olds from the US and Europe could tolerate even a 10th of a peanut dose. But after taking tiny daily […]

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Giving blood: ‘We are reliant on blood donors to keep Henry alive’

Image copyright NHS Image caption Since his birth, Henry Alderson, two, has relied on blood donors to keep him alive Every blood donation “can save up to three lives”, yet come December thousands miss vital appointments to give blood, as the festivities kick in. It can make a huge difference to patients like two-year-old Henry […]

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Zholia Alemi: Foreign doctor checks after fake psychiatrist case

Zholia Alemi: Foreign doctor checks after fake psychiatrist case

Image copyright Cumbria Police Image caption Zholia Alemi faked her medical degree when she came to the UK in the 1990s Some 3,000 foreign doctors in the UK are being urgently checked after a woman practised psychiatry for 22 years without any qualifications. New Zealander Zholia Alemi falsely claimed to have a medical degree from […]

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Hospital noise levels growing worse, say researchers

Image copyright PA Noise levels in hospitals are getting worse, research suggests. Anyone who has ever stayed overnight in a hospital will know how difficult it can be to sleep, surrounded by staff, machinery, trolleys and telephones. In the UK, 40% of hospital patients are bothered by noise at night, according to in-patient surveys. But […]

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