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  • NHS proposals to reduce autism diagnoses in south west London ‘deeply concerning’, warns charity

Plans to reduce the number of children diagnosed with autism in south west London will leave vulnerable families unable to access “support they desperately need”, a charity has warned. The proposals to restrict diagnosis of the neurological disorder to the most severe cases are being discussed to ease pressure on services and long waiting times in five areas.

30 May 2017

  • 24 Hours in A&E: God bless the NHS and Great Britain’s mums – Channel 4, review

The heroes were the staff (especially jovial consultant Rathan, who won £500 by betting on Brexit) and the patient’s mothers. Both bungling adolescents had their endlessly supportive, forgiving mothers by their bedside. God bless the NHS and the nation’s mums. Together, they can fix almost anything.

31 May 2017

  • GP appointment waiting times ‘to rocket towards three weeks’

Waiting times for a GP appointment are set to surge towards three weeks because of a shortage of family doctors, a new survey warns. Patients are currently waiting an average of around 13 days to see their doctor, with the time having jumped by three days since 2015 alone.

2 June 2017

  • Long waits for surgery ‘have tripled in four years’

The number of patients waiting six months or more for surgery has tripled over the past four years in England, the Royal College of Surgeons has said. In March, nearly 130,000 people had been waiting for operations after being referred by a consultant, compared with 45,000 in March 2013. But nine out of 10 patients were still treated within 18 weeks, data shows.

2 June 2017



  • Disgraced surgeon Ian Paterson jailed for 15 years

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson has been jailed for 15 years after carrying out unnecessary cancer operations. Paterson, 59, was convicted over operations on nine women and one man, but there were hundreds of other victims. He was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three of unlawful wounding, after his trial.

31 May 2017

  • ‘Dementia tax’ explained – what is the policy and what it means for YOU

Dementia is described as a set of symptoms which can include memory loss, difficulty problem solving, thinking and can lead to behavioural changes such as a change in temperament or mood – but it can affect people in very different ways.

1 June 2017

  • Planning a BBQ this weekend? Beware of being poisoned by THIS

New research has found that four in five people – or 80 per cent – are unaware they are at danger of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning while having a barbecue. The Gas Safe Register discovered people were as concerned about the damage to garden plants as being exposed to CO gas.

2 June 2017



  • Autism experts call for further research into 100-year-old drug that could hold key to treating condition

Autism experts have called for further research into a drug first discovered a century ago after a small-scale study suggested it could improve the symptoms of the disorder. Suramin has been used to treat sleeping sickness, a disease carried by flies in sub-Saharan Africa, since 1916.

1 June 2017

  • Chemicals in everyday items like cosmetics linked to cancer in controversial new study

Chemicals found in fossil fuel-powered vehicle exhausts, cosmetics, electric and traditional cigarettes, glue and building materials may increase the risk of cancer because they can interfere with the body’s natural repair mechanism, according to a new study. Researchers found that formaldehyde “stalls and destabilises” structures involved in replication of DNA and “selectively depletes” the BRCA2 gene, which helps suppress tumours.

1 June 2017



  • One child bride is married every seven seconds

One child bride is married every seven seconds across the world, according to a new report. The Stolen Childhoods report, commissioned by Save the Children, has found that 40 million teenage girls aged between 15 and 19 are currently married worldwide.

1 June 2017

  • Global diarrhoea deaths down by a third

The number of children dying worldwide of diarrhoea fell by a third between 2005 and 2015, researchers have found. The Lancet study says better access to clean water and sanitation is key, with fewer weak and malnourished children becoming infected. New vaccines have also had a positive impact.

2 June 2017



  • Teenager saves mother’s life two days after learning about stroke symptoms in school

Nearly six million people are killed by strokes each year – but knowing how to spot symptoms quickly can save lives. A teenage girl in the US state of Wisconsin stepped in when her mother had a stroke, having learned what to look out for just two days previously in a school science lesson.

1 June 2017

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