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Staff shortages ‘abusing good will of nurses’

Image copyright Getty Images The good will of nurses in England is being abused by politicians who have failed to get to grips with a desperate shortage of staff, nurse leaders say. Royal College of Nursing general secretary Dame Donna Kinnair will call for safe staffing levels to be enshrined in law in a speech […]

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Electrotherapy warning over bogus psychiatrist Zholia Alemi

Image copyright Cumbria PoliceImage caption Zholia Alemi was found guilty of four theft and fraud charges after a week-long trial last year A bogus psychiatrist who treated hundreds of patients in Scotland may have referred some for needless electro-convulsive therapy, Scotland’s chief medical officer has warned. Dr Catherine Calderwood said others may have been detained […]

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What does the menopause do to the body?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMenopause: what are the symptoms and why does it happen? The menopause is when women’s periods stop and they can no longer become pregnant naturally – but what else happens to the body, and why? Menopause is a natural part of ageing which normally happens between the […]

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NHS ‘should not prescribe acne drug’

Image caption Ed Henthorn says the drug has “turned my life upside down” The parents of young people who have killed themselves and patients unable to have sex are calling for the NHS to stop prescribing acne drug Roaccutane. Ed Henthorn said it had caused him erectile dysfunction, psychosis and suicidal thoughts. And one man […]

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Bowel cancer rates rising ‘among young adults’

Image copyright Getty Images More young people under 50 are being diagnosed with bowel cancer, two studies of the disease in European and high-income countries have found. Although total numbers of cases in young people remain low, the studies highlighted a sharp rise in rates in 20 to 29-year-olds. Researchers are not clear why this […]

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Measles: Experts call for compulsory vaccination

Image copyright Jovanmandic Compulsory measles vaccinations for all children starting primary school may be needed to prevent a resurgence of the disease, experts say. Italian researchers believe the current voluntary programmes in countries like the UK will not be enough to curb outbreaks in the coming decades. They said vaccination rates had fallen because of […]

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Ultra-processed foods ‘make you eat more’

Image copyright Getty Images Ultra-processed foods lead people to eat more and put on weight, the first trial to assess their impact suggests. Volunteers had every morsel of food they ate monitored for a month. And when given ultra-processed food, they ate 500 calories a day more than when they were given unprocessed meals. The […]