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  • ‘Two years ago, I found out the NHS injected me with hepatitis C in 1987 – now I want to know why’

As a court rules that victims of the contaminated blood scandal of the 1970s and 80s (which saw 2400 people lose their lives) can launch High Court action to seek damages, one woman tells her story. This article was first published in July 2017. “I’ll tell you one thing,” Michelle Tolley says, sighing heavily. “When all this is over, if it is ever really over, they should make a film out of it, using the truth just as it happened. It’s scarier than any horror story ever made.”

26 September 2017

  • NHS agrees to fund ‘life-changing’ drug for seven-year-old

NHS England has agreed to fund a drug costing about £100 a day for a seven-year-old boy whose condition could cause brain damage, after being told by a judge to reconsider his case. The child, “S”, has a rare condition that means he cannot break down an amino acid, and his autism makes controlling his diet difficult. NHS England previously said the drug’s effectiveness had not been established.

29 September 2017

  • NHS ‘not fit for 21st Century’, says chief hospital inspector

The NHS is not fit for the 21st Century, the new chief inspector of hospitals in England has said. Professor Ted Baker, who started the role last month, said the system had not adapted to deal with the growth in the population.

30 September 2017

  • Stroke patients in Wales ‘could die’ because thrombectomy not available

Internal NHS emails obtained by the Guardian reveal that health service bosses in Wales are pleading with hospitals in England to perform mechanical thrombectomy on their patients to save them from disability and death.

1 October 2017



  • Loss Of Sense Of Smell In Later Life Linked To Dementia

Losing the ability to smell peppermint, fish, orange, rose and leather could be an accurate early warning sign of dementia, according to a new study. The ability of nearly 3,000 people aged 57 to 85 to detect these five odours was tested by scientists.

29 September 2017

  • Carrying the shopping can improve strength in over-65s, say experts

Carrying the shopping, gardening, or vacuuming, can help older people to lead healthier lives for longer, according to leading physiotherapists. They warn that millions of older people risk falls because they are failing to maintain their strength.

29 September 2017

  • Woman With Chronic Condition Shares The Problem With Saying ‘You Don’t Look Ill’

Milly Smith has had enough of people telling her she doesn’t look ill. The Instagram influencer, who can often be found raising awareness of mental and chronic illness to her 170k followers, has shed some light on what it’s like to live with a chronic condition that’s invisible to others.

29 September 2017

  • Bags for life can pose food poisoning risk – Food Standards Agency

Bags for life pose a food poisoning risk if they are used to carry raw foods such as meat and fish, a consumer watchdog is warning. The Food Standards Agency says even if there is no leakage, packaging can harbour traces of harmful bacteria that can cause stomach bugs. Shoppers should have separate bags for raw foods, ready-to-eat foods and household items such as detergent.

2 October 2017

  • Done the 5:2 diet? Now try the 16:8… 

Week one of my mega-diet, and things are going well on my nuts-and-fruit Squirrel Plan. I need to lose 17 kilos, the best part of three stone, by Christmas, in order to bring my biological (70) in line with my birth age (51).

2 October 2017



  • Steak, chicken and avocados – the diet that could help you lose weight

Sirloin steak, chicken, mackerel and avocados could help dieters lose weight because they trigger a reaction in the brain which makes people feel fuller, scientists have discovered. The University of Warwick has for the first time identified the cells in the brain – called tanycytes – which detect nutrients in food and help trigger feelings of satiety.

28 September 2017 



  • Thousands march in Dublin calling for end to Ireland’s abortion ban

Thousands of people have protested in Dublin, calling for an end to Ireland’s strict abortion laws. Campaigners took part in the March for Choice in the capital’s city centre, chanting: “Hey, hey Leo, the eighth amendment has got to go” and carrying banners which read: “Keep your rosaries off my ovaries” and “Parent by choice for choice”.

30 September 2017 



  • Women Bare Mastectomy Scars In Empowering Photos To Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

Women who were diagnosed with breast cancer have taken part in a candid photoshoot revealing their mastectomy scars to the world. The portraits, photographed as part of the Stand Up To Cancer campaign, showcase a range of women, many of whom overcame low self-esteem and negative body image to stand before the lens.

2 October 2017

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