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NHS ‘dangerously’ short of 100,000 staff

Image copyright PA The NHS in England has nearly 100,000 jobs unfilled, a situation described as “dangerously” understaffed. The total represents one in 12 of all the posts in the health service and would be enough to staff 10 large hospitals. It includes 35,000 nurse posts and nearly 10,000 doctor vacancies. The figures have been […]

Asthma inhalers recalled in device alert

Image copyright MHRA Image caption A small number of Ventolin Accuhaler units are affected by the fault Three batches of Ventolin Accuhaler and Seretide Accuhaler asthma inhalers have been recalled because they do not deliver the full number of doses. The MHRA – the body that regulates the devices – warned that patients may find […]

Review ordered into epilepsy drug, vaginal mesh and Primodos

Image caption The mesh implants are used to ease incontinence and to support organs The government has ordered a review into how UK authorities responded to concerns over three major medical problems. Baroness Julia Cumberlege has been asked to look at the pregnancy test Primodos, vaginal mesh implants and epilepsy drug sodium valproate cases. All […]

Red wine compound ‘could help tooth decay and gum disease fight’

Image copyright Getty Images Red wine has previously been linked to a range of supposed health benefits, from helping the heart to lowering the risk of diabetes. Now a new study suggests it contains chemicals that can help in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease. Researchers found compounds from the drink, known as […]

Partially paralysed man blinks to communicate

Simon Field has been partially paralysed for the past 10 years. On New Year’s Eve in 2006 he tripped and fell on a night out in Bournemouth, hitting his head and causing severe brain damage. The 30-year-old from Hampshire has extremely limited movement and can only communicate by blinking. Partially paralysed man blinks to communicate

A third of UK adults ‘underestimate calorie intake ‘

Image copyright Getty Images A third of people in the UK underestimate how many calories they are eating, according to an analysis of Office of National Statistics data. It suggests British men eat more than 3,000 a day while claiming to eat 2,000. And women say they eat about 1,500 while consuming nearly 2,500. The […]

Autism: Scientists take ‘first steps’ towards biological test

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have taken the first steps towards what they say could become a new blood and urine test for autism. Their study tested children with and without the condition and found higher levels of protein damage in those with the disorder. The researchers said the tests could lead ultimately to the […]

Home Office denies medical cannabis pleas for boy age six

Media captionEmotional plea to allow medical cannabis for Alfie Requests for a medical cannabis licence to help a boy whose rare form of epilepsy improved after taking the drug have been denied by the Home Office. Six-year-old Alfie Dingley, from Kenilworth in Warwickshire, suffers up to 30 violent seizures a day. His parents want to […]

‘Move your van’ note left on ambulance in Tunstall

‘Move your van’ note left on ambulance in Tunstall

Image copyright West Midlands Ambulance Service Image caption The note was left on an ambulance in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent A woman left an abusive note on an ambulance dealing with a 999 call, ordering paramedics to “move their van”. The writer said she did not care if “the whole street collapsed” and the crew had “no […]

How baby stroke survivors’ brains adapt

Image copyright Getty Images A study of children who had strokes as babies has found they adapted to use a different part of their brain for language. Imaging revealed language was based in the exact mirror opposite region to the normal left side area. Georgetown University researchers hope their work will help the rehabilitation of […]

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