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Antibiotic resistance plan to fight 'urgent' global threat

Image copyright Getty Images Superbugs are as big a threat as climate change, the health secretary will say as he unveils a new five-year plan to tackle antibiotic resistance. Overuse of antibiotics is making infections harder to treat and leading to thousands of deaths a year through drug-resistant superbugs. The government is planning to change […]

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Muffin or apple: Do you know what you 'should' be eating?

The Food Standards Agency and Public Health England have released a study assessing the diet of the UK population. Their findings are based on nine years of data from The National Diet and Nutrition Survey and is the first publication to provide long-term analysis. While their research indicates a reduction in sugar consumption, the overall […]

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St George's Hospital: 250 cardiac unit deaths to be reviewed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Complex heart operations were moved out of the cardiac surgery unit last September The deaths of up to 250 people who died following heart surgery at a troubled London cardiac unit are being reviewed. The study is looking at all patients who underwent cardiac surgery at St George’s Hospital […]

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Global health research money reaches 'record high'

Image copyright Spl Image caption Malaria remains one of the world’s biggest killers Funding to tackle 33 significant diseases has reached its highest level since figures were taken, says a survey which has tracked this for 11 years. The G-Finder report found that money invested in research and development reached $3.5bn (£2.8bn) in 2017. The […]

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How diet is changing – the good and the bad

Image copyright Getty Images Children are turning their backs on sugary drinks, with the numbers drinking them falling by a quarter over the past nine years, a survey suggests. About half of children do not drink them, it says. And those that do, drink fewer than children in 2008-09 did. The shift has contributed to […]

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Young at higher risk of asthma attack, says charity

Image copyright Amy Pay Young people are at a higher risk of having an asthma attack than any other age group living with the condition, the charity Asthma UK is warning. The findings come from a poll of more than 10,000 people with asthma, which also found that young adults are twice as likely as […]

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Teen one of first UK proton-beam patients

Image copyrightPA Image caption Mason is studying for his GCSEsFifteen-year-old Mason Kettley, who has a rare brain cancer, is about to become one of the first UK patients to have proton-beam therapy, at a new dedicated treatment centre. He is starting treatment at the £125m centre at Manchester’s Christie hospital. Previously, most patients needing the […]

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Instagram 'helped kill my daughter'

Molly Russell, 14, took her own life in 2017. When her family looked into her Instagram account they found distressing material about depression and suicide. Molly’s father Ian says he believes Instagram is partly responsible for his daughter’s death. In a statement, Instagram said it “does not allow content that promotes or glorifies self-harm or […]

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Pigeon droppings health risk – should you worry?

Image copyright Getty Images An infection linked to pigeon droppings was a “contributing factor” in the death of a child at a Glasgow hospital, it has been confirmed. The child was being treated at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital when he or she appears to have caught the infection – a fungus called cryptococcus. The […]

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NHS Wales agency staff costs spiral to cover vacancies

Image copyright PA Image caption Auditor general Adrian Crompton wants NHS Wales to “continue to bring down and control” costs Spending on agency staff to cover NHS vacancies has risen markedly over the last few years in Wales, according to a financial watchdog. Spending on agency staff had risen 171% over seven years, peaking at […]

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Turtle meat – the ultimate survival diet?

Image copyright Getty Images Douglas Robertson was 18 when his father, Dougal, a former merchant navy officer, decided it’d be fun for the family to sell his farm, buy a 43ft wooden schooner and sail around the world. “Every day was an adventure – life was idyllic,” says Douglas, of the 1971 voyage. Indeed, it […]

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Health secretary to meet NHS bosses over hospital pigeon infection

Image caption NHSGGC said an investigation was under way and control measures had been put in place Scotland’s health secretary will meet senior NHS officials to discuss the deaths of two patients who had an infection linked to pigeon droppings. Jeane Freeman will speak to the chief executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and […]