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  • I have seen death unite families and spill secrets that tear them apart

My job as an intensive care nurse has made me realise that life is fleeting, fragile and unpredictable.

25 July 2016

  • Stepping Hill Hospital cuts jobs as it loses £75 a minute

A hospital that is losing £75 a minute is to close a ward and axe 350 full-time posts, its trust has revealed. Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport has a deficit of more than £40m and staff have been told the plan to cut costs was “essential”.

28 July 2016

  • Southern Health NHS Trust ‘paid millions’ to Katrina Percy’s associates

A troubled NHS trust has paid millions of pounds to companies owned by previous associates of its embattled chief executive, BBC News has learned. One firm received more than £5m despite winning a contract valued at less than £300,000, while another was paid more than £500,000 without bidding at all.

29 July 2016

  • I’m an NHS ambulance dispatcher and I know my service is failing you

Government targets, a prioritisation system that ignores certain calls and pressure from the unions mean my team is struggling. We continue to see an increase in fatalities from calls coded as green once our crews arrive.

30 July 2016


  • Doctor could face disciplinary for failing to spot effects of contraceptive pill, as coroner rules graduate’s death could have been prevented

A doctor could face a disciplinary hearing for failing to spot the side effects of the contraceptive pill, as a coroner rules a graduate’s death could have been prevented if he had seen the signs.

28 July 2016

  • The Alarming Truth About Shop-Bought Dips: Many Are ‘Salt And Fat Traps’ (Including Houmous)

Many shop-bought dips, which are perceived as being healthier alternatives to crisps and chocolate, are actually laden with salt and fat. A new report by Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) found that some houmous dips contain as much salt as four packets of ready salted crisps.

28 July 2016

  • Women’s prison suicide rate soars as charity warns of ‘horrifying’ self-harm

Statistics published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) show the total number of deaths classed as “self-inflicted” rose by 28 per cent over the past 12 months compared with the previous year. Eleven women took their own lives during the same period across England and Wales, an increase of 1,100 per cent on the previous year, when one death was recorded.

28 July 2016

  • Drug deaths at their highest EVER: Number of people poisoned by illegal substances soars by 57% in a decade with nearly half of victims aged 16 to 34

The number of people being admitted to hospital after being poisoned by illegal drugs has soared by more than 50 per cent in a decade, alarming new figures show. There were 14,279 hospital admissions where ‘poisoning by illicit drugs’ was the main diagnosis in 2014/15, a rise of 57 per cent since 2004/05.

29 July 2016

  • Poverty costs UK £78bn a year, Joseph Rowntree Foundation says

The effects of poverty in the UK cost the average taxpayer £1,200 a year, and the UK £78bn in total, a report says. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation looked at how poverty – living on incomes below 60% of the median – affected different government services.

1 August 2016


  • Binge watching TV programmes could kill you, according to Japanese scientists

Japanese scientists say that watching TV for hours can raise the risk of dying from a blood clot in the lungs. Researchers studied the viewing habits of 86,000 people between 1988 and 1990 – then monitored their health over the next 19 years.

26 July 2016

  • How sexist stereotypes mean doctors ignore women’s pain

Research shows hospital staff take women’s pain less seriously, spent less time treating them and are more likely to wrongly diagnose physical pain as ‘just emotional’. Sexism is sadly a lingering and pervasive fact of life. It may be 2016, but how much you earn, what degree mark you get, how seriously you’re taken in meetings are all still dictated by your gender.

27 July 2016

  • Breastfeeding premature babies boosts their IQ in later life, research finds

Premature babies which are breastfed during their first month have higher IQs later in life, research has suggested. The infants have been found to have larger volumes of certain brain regions at term equivalent and have better IQs, academic achievement, working memory and motor function.

29 July 2016


  • Six die at China elderly home which ‘banned air conditioning’ during heatwave

An investigation has been launched after six elderly people died at a Chinese care home during a severe heatwave, with reports saying the residents were not permitted to use air conditioners in the state-run facility.

29 July 2016

  • Democrats demand Congress end its vacation to approve Zika funding

Senate Democrats have called for Congress to end its recess and immediately approve emergency funds for combating the Zika virus in America, after Florida reported its first cases of mosquito-borne infections on the mainland, and funding for mosquito nets for pregnant women started running low.

31 July 2016


  • Ice Bucket Challenge funds major breakthrough in ALS research

Cynics may have dismissed the Ice Bucket Challenge campaign as a stunt, but it helped fund research that has led to an important breakthrough.

27 July 2016

  • Pokemon Go could help defuse the health time bomb of office work

Unless you’ve been on a strict internet fast since early July you’ve probably heard of Pokemon Go, but if you are not much of a gamer, you may not have thought much about the augmented reality app – and its real world benefits.

28 July 2016

  • Cancer: Thousands surviving in UK decades after diagnosis

More than 170,000 people in the UK who were diagnosed with cancer up to 40 years ago are still alive, a report by Macmillan Cancer Support shows. The charity says people are twice as likely to survive for at least a decade after being diagnosed than they were at the start of the 1970s.

1 August 2016

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