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NHS surgery waits run into years in Northern Ireland

Image caption Megan’s mum Karen says she is considering paying privately for her daughter’s operation Patients in Northern Ireland are waiting three years to see a consultant about having surgery following a GP referral. The BBC has obtained exclusive figures showing long waiting times before a decision to operate. In Northern Ireland, targets say most […]

Drug therapy ‘restores breathing’ after spinal injury

Image copyright Science Photo Library A drug-based therapy appears to restore breathing in rats paralysed from the neck down by a spinal injury, according to scientists. They hope their “exciting but early” findings could ultimately help free patients from ventilators. The pioneering work, in Cell Reports, suggests the brain may not be needed for respiration […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hip implant patients sue manufacturer

Image copyright Getty Images Hundreds of people who received allegedly faulty hip replacements are suing the manufacturer at the High Court. The hearing is thought to be one of the largest product liability group actions ever heard in the UK. DePuy denies that its metal-on-metal implants were defective and caused some patients to need more […]

Hospitals in England to ban ‘super-size’ chocolate bars

Image copyright Alamy “Super-sized” chocolate bars are to be banished from hospital shops, canteens and vending machines, NHS England says. Sweets and chocolate sold in hospitals should be 250 calories or under, the head of the body says. Under the plans, most “grab bags” will be banned – with hospitals given a cash boost for […]

Why I secretly taped my disability assessment

Image caption Nev Cartwright has been left with complications including chronic infections and emphysema. Every month 60,000 ill and disabled people have their needs assessed for benefits. Some are so worried about the process that they are using mobile phones to secretly record those interviews, critics say. But using that evidence to overturn a decision […]

Magic mushrooms can ‘reset’ depressed brain

Image copyright Getty Images A hallucinogen found in magic mushrooms can “reset” the brains of people with untreatable depression, raising hopes of a future treatment, scans suggest. The small study gave 19 patients a single dose of the psychedelic ingredient psilocybin. Half of patients ceased to be depressed and experienced changes in their brain activity […]

NHS praised after racist tweet about sickle cell disease sufferers

Image caption NHS Blood and Transplant received the racist response after tweeting an appeal for more black donors to come forward The NHS has been praised for its response to a racist comment on Twitter regarding black blood donors. NHS Blood and Transplant tweeted an appeal for more black donors to help black people with […]

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