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Stop cuts to adult social care, petition urges

Image caption Adult social care provides help with daily tasks More than 150,000 people have signed a petition calling for urgent action to fix the system that provides care for older and disabled people. It urges the prime minister “to end swingeing cuts”, saying more than 1.4 million over-65s in England have been left without […]

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Drugs firm to pay NHS £8m after competition probe

Image copyright Getty Images Drugs firm Aspen is to pay £8m to the NHS after an investigation into the supply of a life-saving drug to thousands of patients. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said the firm offered to make the payment following an investigation. The CMA said it suspects competition law was broken after […]

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Israeli flight attendant dies from measles

Image copyright AFPImage caption The stewardess caught the disease in April An Israeli air flight attendant who fell ill with measles on an El Al flight from New York to Israel has died, Israeli media say. The 43-year-old woman became unwell on the flight in April. It is unclear where she contracted the disease. It […]

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False teeth found in patient’s throat a week after op

Image copyright BMJ Case Reports 2019Image caption Doctors found the man’s false teeth in his throat eight days after his initial surgery A patient’s false teeth became stuck in his throat in a routine operation, and were not found for eight days. The 72-year-old complained of swallowing difficulties and was coughing up blood before doctors […]

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FGM ‘no longer just an African problem’

One in 20 girls and women in the world has had some form of female genital mutilation, according to the UN. Former first lady of the self-declared republic of Somaliland and midwife Edna Adan Ismail has been to meet some of those that live in the UK. Watch the Victoria Derbyshire programme at 10:00 on […]

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Inside the village that caters for its ageing population

Pescueza in Extremadura, western Spain, is adapting to provide for the needs of its older population through a non-profit project called Stay With Us. It aims to provide elderly residents, who make up two thirds of its population, with the services they need in the hope they can remain independent. Could this pensioner-friendly village be […]

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Chlamydia sex infection vaccine passes safety test

Image copyright Getty Images A vaccine to protect people against the common sexually transmitted infection chlamydia has passed initial safety tests. It is the first of its kind to enter human trials. Experts say immunisation may be the best way to tackle the disease that accounts for nearly half of all sex infections diagnosed in […]

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Cystic fibrosis drugs rejected for use by NHS in Scotland

Image copyright Getty Images Two “life-changing” cystic fibrosis drugs have been rejected for routine use by the NHS in Scotland. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) said there were uncertainties about the long-term health benefits of Orkambi and Symkevi in relation to their costs. Manufacturer Vertex and the Scottish government are now working “as a matter […]

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‘Brexit carving into cosmetic surgery market’

Image copyright Getty Images Two cosmetic surgery companies have gone into administration amid “Brexit uncertainty”, with debts of £6.5m between them. Combine Opco and TFHC operated from more than 30 clinics and hospitals across the UK. The business and assets have been acquired by a single entity – The Transform Hospital Group – and the […]