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Time spent frail in old age ‘doubles’

Time spent frail in old age ‘doubles’

Image copyright Getty Images The amount of time spent needing daily care at the end of life has doubled in England over the past two decades, a study suggests. The Newcastle University study found men spent 2.4 years on average needing regular care and women three years. This includes everything from help with washing and […]

Maternity ‘must improve’ at baby-deaths hospital trust

Maternity ‘must improve’ at baby-deaths hospital trust

Image caption Overall care at the trust has improved but further work is required, the watchdog has said Maternity services at a health trust at the centre of a baby deaths inquiry must improve, inspectors have said. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered an investigation into the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust in April. A […]

Meningitis jab uptake ‘worryingly low’

Meningitis jab uptake ‘worryingly low’

Image copyright Getty Images School-leavers are putting themselves at risk of deadly meningitis if they do not take up the offer to be vaccinated against the disease, nurses are warning. People living in England who are aged 17 and 18 are eligible for the free jab. The Royal College of Nursing says only a third […]

Bowel cancer test: ‘No health minister’ means NI people must wait

Bowel cancer test: ‘No health minister’ means NI people must wait

Image copyright Brendan Foster Image caption Screening tests reduce the mortality rates from bowel cancer A new, more accurate screening test for bowel cancer is on hold in Northern Ireland because there is no Stormont health minister. Bowel cancer is second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of death from the disease in […]

Japanese fungus spreading in UK hospitals

Japanese fungus spreading in UK hospitals

Image copyright Getty Images More than 200 patients in England have been infected or contaminated with a drug-resistant fungus first found in Japan, health officials have confirmed. Hospitals are on the lookout for further cases and are putting in place measures to help control any further spread of the fungus, Candida auris. Public Health England […]

Plants ‘hijacked’ to make polio vaccine

Plants ‘hijacked’ to make polio vaccine

Image copyright John Innes Centre Image caption A close relative of tobacco has been turned into a polio vaccine “factory” Plants have been “hijacked” to make polio vaccine in a breakthrough with the potential to transform vaccine manufacture, say scientists. The team at the John Innes Centre, in Norfolk, says the process is cheap, easy […]

‘Fat but fit’ still risk heart disease

‘Fat but fit’ still risk heart disease

Image copyright Getty Images People who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of heart disease even if they appear medically healthy, experts are warning. The work, in the European Heart Journal, is further evidence against the idea people can be “fat but fit”. The researchers studied health data on more than half a […]

Apology over Indian blood donation ’embarrassment’

Apology over Indian blood donation ’embarrassment’

Image caption The Blood Transfusion Service has now clarified its malaria testing rules for Indian-born blood donors The Blood Transfusion Service has apologised after 120 members of the Indian community were turned away from giving blood. The blood drive was organised specifically for the Indian community last year, but confusion over criteria meant many were […]

Anger and hatred can make us feel happy, says study

Anger and hatred can make us feel happy, says study

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Study finds the secret to happiness may lie in feeling more negative emotions People are happier if they are able to feel emotions they desire – even if those emotions are unpleasant, such as anger and hatred, a study suggests. The results of the study, compiled by an international […]

Breast cancer helpline founder paid herself £31,000

Breast cancer helpline founder paid herself £31,000

Image caption Wendy Watson founded a helpline for people seeking advice on breast cancer and its treatment A national breast cancer charity is being investigated after its founder paid herself £31,000, in breach of charity law. Wendy Watson, who launched the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline in 1996, has resigned as a trustee. Financial irregularities […]