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Parkinson’s protein test could lead to earlier diagnosis

Parkinson’s protein test could lead to earlier diagnosis

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The accumulation of the protein alpha-synuclein (shown in red) is thought to cause the progressive degeneration of the neurons that leads to the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease A test of how sticky a protein molecule is could help diagnose the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, a study from […]

‘Patients at risk’ from length of GP consultations

‘Patients at risk’ from length of GP consultations

Image copyright Science Photo Library Patients are being put at risk by GPs being forced to carry out complex consultations in 10 minutes or under, the British Medical Association says. The doctors’ union said patient care was undermined when GPs were forced to see as many as 60 patients a day. It called for more […]

Parkinson’s protein test could lead to earlier diagnosis

Parkinson’s protein test could lead to earlier diagnosis

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The accumulation of the protein alpha-synuclein (shown in red) is thought to cause the progressive degeneration of the neurons that leads to the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease A test of how sticky a protein molecule is could help diagnose the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, a study from […]

NHS cuts ‘planned across England’

NHS cuts ‘planned across England’

Image copyright Thinkstock Plans are being drawn up that could see cuts to NHS services across England. The BBC has seen draft sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) which propose ward closures, cuts in bed numbers and changes to A&E and GP care in 44 areas. There have been no consultations on the plans so far. […]

Concerns raised over teenage pregnancy ‘magic dolls’

Concerns raised over teenage pregnancy ‘magic dolls’

Image copyright Associated Press Image caption Some teenage pregnancy education programmes involve ‘magic dolls’ being looked after for a weekend Teenage pregnancy prevention programmes which use “magic dolls” to simulate the needs of a new baby do not work, according to a study in The Lancet. More than 1,000 teenage girls who took part in […]

NHS cuts ‘planned across England’

NHS cuts ‘planned across England’

Image copyright Thinkstock Plans are being drawn up that could see cuts to NHS services across England. The BBC has seen draft sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) which propose ward closures, cuts in bed numbers and changes to A&E and GP care in 44 areas. There have been no consultations on the plans so far. […]

Concerns raised over teenage pregnancy ‘magic dolls’

Concerns raised over teenage pregnancy ‘magic dolls’

Image copyright Associated Press Image caption Some teenage pregnancy education programmes involve ‘magic dolls’ being looked after for a weekend Teenage pregnancy prevention programmes which use “magic dolls” to simulate the needs of a new baby do not work, according to a study in The Lancet. More than 1,000 teenage girls who took part in […]

Warnings despite upturn in NHS finances

Warnings despite upturn in NHS finances

Health bosses are warning the NHS in England is still in a precarious position despite an upturn in its financial performance in recent months. Last year NHS trusts recorded their biggest ever overspend, but accounts for the first quarter of 2016-17 suggest they have started getting their finances back on track. A deficit of £461m […]

‘Unsafe’ Stafford hospital A&E closed to children

‘Unsafe’ Stafford hospital A&E closed to children

Image caption Stafford County Hospital’s accident and emergency service for children closed at 10:00 BST on Thursday Children’s accident and emergency services at a troubled hospital have been suspended after senior staff said it was “not clinically safe”. A shortage of staff with the right specialist training at Stafford’s County Hospital had forced the closure […]

Barbecued rare burgers ‘pose food poisoning risk’

Barbecued rare burgers ‘pose food poisoning risk’

Image copyright rez-art/ Thinkstock The Food Standards Agency is warning people not to eat burgers that are pink in the middle, to avoid the risk of food poisoning at summer barbecues. It says cases of food poisoning double in summer months – in part due to undercooked meat. Officials say burgers must be cooked until […]