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Children in England ‘deserve better’ from healthcare

Children in England ‘deserve better’ from healthcare

Image copyright Getty Images Children “deserve better” from healthcare in England, says a report. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said the young were the most “disadvantaged” by inefficient health services, cuts to public health, and a “rising tide of poverty”. It said the government had a “disjointed” approach to improving services and […]

Persian shallot ‘could help fight TB antibiotic resistance’

Persian shallot ‘could help fight TB antibiotic resistance’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A type of shallot used in Iranian cooking could help “reverse the tide” of drug-resistant TB, researchers found A type of onion could help the fight against antibiotic resistance in cases of tuberculosis, a study has suggested. Researchers believe the antibacterial properties extracted from the Persian shallot could increase […]

Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’

Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have taken a step towards one of the biggest goals in medicine – a universal blood test for cancer. A team at Johns Hopkins University has trialled a method that detects eight common forms of the disease. Their vision is an annual test designed to catch cancer early and save […]

Angelina Jolie gene testing for all?

Angelina Jolie gene testing for all?

Image copyright Getty Images Testing all women for the “Angelina Jolie gene”, even if not considered at risk, would prevent cancers, save lives and is cost effective, say doctors. The Hollywood actress had her breasts, ovaries and fallopian tubes removed due to the high risk of cancer in her case. Women tend to be offered […]

Chemistry ‘Van Gogh’ could help with cancer

Chemistry ‘Van Gogh’ could help with cancer

Image copyright ICR Image caption RNA polymerase III surrounding DNA “Incredible” images of DNA in action have been captured by scientists who will use them to design cancer drugs. Researcher Dr Alessandro Vannini said the pictures were “beautiful” and in artistic comparisons were “definitely a Van Gogh”. They capture a fundamental part of all plant […]

Cost legacy of decades-old NHS blunders begins to rise

Cost legacy of decades-old NHS blunders begins to rise

Image caption ‘Avoidable errors’ are still being made in maternity wards today, a charity has warned NHS medical blunders dating back more than two decades are still costing millions of pounds a year in compensation, it has emerged. The negligence bill for mistakes made before 1995 – mainly maternity failings – has begun to rise […]

Man ruptures throat by stifling a sneeze

Man ruptures throat by stifling a sneeze

Image copyright Getty Images Stifling a sneeze by clamping your nose and mouth shut can cause serious physical damage, doctors are warning. The medics treated a 34-year-old man who ruptured his throat while trying to stop a high-force sneeze. With nowhere to escape, the pressure ripped through the soft tissue, and although rare and unusual, […]

London’s January air quality ‘best in 10 years’

London’s January air quality ‘best in 10 years’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The capital has breached air pollution limits by 6 January every year since 2008, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said London’s air quality is within legal limits in mid-January for the first time in 10 years, City Hall has said. The capital breached limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) by 6 […]

Coca-Cola to cut bottle size but increase price in face of sugar tax

Coca-Cola to cut bottle size but increase price in face of sugar tax

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Coca-Cola has confirmed the price of its larger bottles, including 500ml, will rise in March Coca-Cola has announced it will cut the size of a 1.75l bottle to 1.5l and put up the price by 20p in March, because of the introduction of a sugar tax on soft drinks […]

‘Being a teenage mother is so lonely’

‘Being a teenage mother is so lonely’

Media captionShannon says having Harvey, two, has given her life direction Teenage pregnancy rates in the UK have halved in the past eight years, but are still among the highest in Europe. New government guidelines are being released to help councils reduce the numbers further. Shannon was 14 and her boyfriend Ethan 17 when she […]

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