HEALTH

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Cancer doctor shortage ‘puts care at risk’

Image copyright Ridofranz/Getty Images A shortage of cancer doctors will hamper the ability of the NHS to provide cutting-edge care, experts are warning. A Royal College of Radiologists census of 62 major UK cancer centres found more than 7.5% of consultant posts were vacant, with services maintained only by large amounts of overtime. It said […]

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People don’t become ‘adults’ until their 30s, say scientists

Image copyright Getty Images Have you ever been told to “grow up” in your 20s or need an excuse as to why you still find cat videos on the internet really funny? Well now you might have an official reason as to why you’re not acting like a mature adult. People don’t become fully “adult” […]

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Egg freezing: Behind the scenes of a fertility clinic

With more and more women around the world considering freezing their eggs, how does the process work? BBC Health reporter, Smitha Mundasad, has been behind the scenes of a fertility clinic to find out exactly how eggs are frozen, and has been speaking mum of two Ali about her own egg freezing journey. You can […]

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NHS infection and safety inquiry begins at Holyrood

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Hospital infection rates are being investigated by a Holyrood committee MSPs will start hearing evidence later about safety and infection rates in Scotland’s NHS. The inquiry was launched by Holyrood’s health and sport committee after a series of infection outbreaks at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. […]

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MPs call for tax on social media companies

Image copyright Getty Images A group of MPs is calling for a tax on social media companies’ profits, saying the firms are operating in “an online wild west”. Its report, which follows a year-long inquiry into the health impact of social media, says the industry should do more to protect children and young people online. […]

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McDonald’s: Tom Watson urges chain to drop Monopoly campaign

Image copyright Getty Images A McDonald’s Monopoly campaign which sees customers given the chance to win prizes including food is a “danger to public health”, says MP Tom Watson. He is urging the fast food giant to drop the annual competition, which starts again this week, saying it encouraged people to order more. It comes […]

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Children’s noses ‘hold clues’ to serious lung infections

Image copyright Getty Images Examining the bacteria and viruses in the noses of children could give clues to improve the diagnosis and treatment of severe lung infections, a new study has found. Lung infections are a leading cause of death in under-fives worldwide. The study found the make-up of bacteria and viruses was altered in […]

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NHS let me down, says health manager with cancer

Image copyright Other Image caption Lisa Pammen waited three months for bowel cancer treatment Lisa Pammen has spent most of her working life in the NHS – first as a paramedic and then as a manager of a group of GP practices. But when she really needed the NHS, it was not there for her. […]

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Mushrooms may ‘reduce the risk of mild brain decline’

Image copyright Getty Images Eating mushrooms more than twice a week could prevent memory and language problems occurring in the over-60s, research from Singapore suggests. A unique antioxidant present in mushrooms could have a protective effect on the brain, the study found. The more mushrooms people ate, the better they performed in tests of thinking […]

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Cancer’s ‘internal wiring’ predicts relapse risk

Image copyright Getty Images The “internal wiring” of breast cancer can predict which women are more likely to survive or relapse, say researchers. The study shows that breast cancer is 11 separate diseases that each has a different risk of coming back. The hope is that the findings, in the journal Nature, could identify people […]

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