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  • Any GP you want: so long as you’re healthy

Patients will be able to pick a GP wherever they like next year, Jeremy Hunt has announced. It could be where you live, near your work or your child’s school, or miles away because you have heard that one practice offers something you particularly like – extra health checks, perhaps, or late hours.

Republished from 19 November 2013

  • NHS needs £24bn more by 2022 or waiting lists will grow and care be hit

The NHS will need up to £24bn more by 2022 than Theresa May plans to give it or patient care will worsen and treatment waiting times grow even longer, experts have said. Rising demand for care means the NHS budget in England will have to jump to £152.6bn by the end of this parliament, which could be as much as £24.2bn more than ministers have pledged.

8 November 2017

  • Half of GPs want fines for patients who miss their appointments

The poll by Pulse magazine found 51 per cent backed the idea of charges for patients who failed to turn up to booked slots. GPs said charges might help patients to appreciate the value of the service, and make them more likely to turn up – or to cancel if they could not attend.

9 November 2017

  • New Scottish GP recruitment plans to cut workload

The Scottish government has announced plans to deal with problems in recruiting GPs. They are part of a proposed new contract for the profession, which aims to cut workload and make it easier to run practices. The NHS across the UK is having trouble attracting people to become GPs.

13 November 2017



  • IUDs Linked To Lower Cervical Cancer Risk

Having an intrauterine device (IUD) fitted for contraception could have the added benefit of lowering your cervical cancer risk, new research suggests. The large-scale study, published in the journal ‘Obstetrics and Gynecology’, analysed the cervical cancer rates of more than 12,000 women around the world.

9 November 2017

  • Cervical cancer jab women will ‘only need three smears’

Women vaccinated against human papilloma virus (HPV) – thought to cause about 99% of cervical cancers – may only need three smear tests in their lifetime, a new study suggests. Since 2008, the HPV vaccine has been offered to girls aged 11 to 13.

10 November 2017



Researchers discovered that burns which occurred at night – between the hours of 8pm and 8am – healed after an average of 28 days, compared to just 17 days for those which happened in the day time.

9 November 2017

  • Did you know you should give under-fives vitamin tablets?

Researchers in Wales found only 30% of parents and carers said they had ever been given advice by a health professional about giving young children vitamin supplements. And nearly two-thirds (64%) of those asked said they didn’t give their children vitamin supplements.

11 November 2017

  • ‘Urgent need’ for football header research

Scientists investigating links between heading footballs and dementia say there is an urgent need for more research. It follows the screening of a BBC documentary “Dementia, football and me”, featuring Alan Shearer. Last year, scientists at Stirling University found just one session of heading a ball could lead to an immediate decrease in brain function.

13 November 2017

  • Sex unlikely to cause cardiac arrest, study finds

Only 34 out of the 4,557 cardiac arrests examined occurred during or within one hour of sexual intercourse and 32 of those affected were men. Sumeet Chugh, of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, said his study is the first to evaluate sexual activity as a potential trigger of cardiac arrest.

13 November 2017



  • Elections Results Suggest GOP Lost Edge on Health Care

Sign-ups for the ACA next year appear strong, with more than 600,000 people selecting plans through a federal website, the Department of Health and Human Services reported Thursday. Republicans have long argued that the ACA, often called Obamacare, limits choice, imposes burdensome regulations and drives up premiums.
9 November 2017

  • UK most overweight country in Western Europe says OECD

Britain is the most obese nation in Western Europe, with rates rising faster than any other developed nation. Obesity rates have doubled over the past two decades, and 63% of UK adults are overweight, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

11 November 2017

  • Bill Gates’ newest mission: Curing Alzheimer’s

It’s one of the holy grails of science: a cure for Alzheimer’s. Currently, there is no treatment to stop the disease, let alone slow its progression. And billionaire Bill Gates thinks he will change that. “I believe there is a solution,” he told me without hesitation.

13 November 2017



  • Hair of the dog WON’T cure a hangover says doctor, who reveals four remedies that will

While it may temporarily make you feel a bit better, it merely postpones the symptoms until later in the day. Dr Emeka Okorocha has revealed he urges people not to believe the myth, and to take time to allow the body to recover. ‘When people ask me whether continuing to drink will help their hangover, I beg them not to do it, he said.

10 November 2017

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