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  • NHS crisis: 20 hospitals declare black alert as patient safety no longer assured

More than 20 hospitals in England have had to declare a black alert this week after becoming so overcrowded that they could no longer guarantee patient safety and provide their full range of normal services.

11 January 2017

  • NHS England chief contradicts May over spending

The chief executive of NHS England has contradicted government claims that the health service is getting more funding than it asked for. Simon Stevens told MPs this was “stretching it” and there were “clearly substantial funding pressures”.

11 January 2017

  • Locums ‘weak link’ in doctors’ performance checks

There are weaknesses in the way the performance of locum doctors is checked in the UK, a review suggests. Doctors have had to take part in five-yearly “MOTs” since 2012 to ensure they are fit to continue working. The General Medical Council said the system was working well, but highlighted problems with the way it was being applied to locums.

13 January 2017

  • Largest NHS trust hit by cyber attack

The largest NHS hospital trust in England has been infected with a virus affecting thousands of sensitive files. A message sent to staff at Barts Health Trust on Friday morning warns that the trust’s four hospitals are  experiencing a “ransomware virus attack.”

13 January 2017



  • Urine test reveals what you really eat

A urine test that can reveal how healthy your meals are has been developed by UK scientists. They think it could be used to improve nutritional advice or in weight loss because people are notoriously bad at recording their own eating habits. The test, detailed in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, detects chemicals made as food is processed by the body.

13 January 2017

  •  Vampire bats have been caught sucking human blood for the first time

Vampire bats are so known because of their appetite for blood. But in Brazil, vampire bats which have previously been thought to exclusively feed on bird blood, have been sipping on humans for supper.

13 January 2017

  •  Do YOU recognise these 12 signs of breast cancer? Viral photo of lemons with ‘symptoms’ such as dimpling and skin erosion shows that lumps aren’t the only red flags to look for 

An image of a tray of 12 lemons demonstrating different symptoms of breast cancer has gone viral after a cancer patient revealed how a similar image had led to the diagnosis of her own condition. Erin Smith Chieze from San Diego was frustrated by a Facebook campaign asking people to post hearts on their walls to raise awareness of breast cancer, so she shared an image from the charity Worldwide Breast Cancer instead.

13 January 2017

  • Prostate cancer: Man told to ‘wait’ by doctor is CURED after researching new treatment

He is now cancer-free, said he has ‘no regrets’ about seeking treatment outside the UK, and is urging other men to do the same. John was diagnosed after doctors found abnormalities in his prostate, a small gland just below the bladder. He had requested the checks after experiencing a sudden and frequent need to visit the bathroom.

13 January 2017



  • Weekend workouts can benefit health as much as a week of exercise, say researchers

People who cram all their exercise into one or two sessions at the weekend benefit nearly as much as those who work out more frequently, researchers say. A study of more than 60,000 adults in England and Scotland found that “weekend warriors” lowered their risk of death by a similar margin to those who spread the same amount of exercise over the whole week.

9 January 2017

  •  Yoga is the key to relieving long-term back pain, new study suggests

With its catalogue of headstands and one-legged contortions, it might be thought yoga was best left only to those in peak physical condition. New research from the US, however, suggests the group of people who could most benefit from adopting the lotus position while locating their spiritual core are in fact those immobilised by pain.

12 January 2017



  • Bug resistant to all antibiotics kills woman

A superbug that could not be treated with 26 different antibiotics has killed a woman in the US, officials report. The 70-year-old from Nevada had returned to the US in August with an infected swelling in her right hip after a long stay in India.

13 January 2017



  • Mother, 48, and daughter, 13, both finish their life-saving cancer treatment on the same day

A mother and her 13-year-old daughter are both celebrating beating cancer after completing their treatment on the same day. Ruby Connar, from Exeter, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia five years ago. But while undergoing chemotherapy, her mother, Josie, 48, also discovered a cancerous lump on her breast.
13 January 2017

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