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‘Drunk tanks’ to ease NHS pressure

Image copyright Getty Images NHS England is making up to £300,000 available over the festive period to fund dozens of “drunk tanks”. These supervised units are places where revellers who have over-indulged can be checked and allowed to sleep it off. They should help take the pressure off hospital and 999 services over the busy […]

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Pharmacy chain leaks personal details of 24,000 workers

Image copyright EPA A major pharmacy chain has apologised after admitting sensitive employee information was leaked. The details of more than 24,000 staff and locum workers employed by the Manchester-based Well Pharmacy group were accidentally included in an email. The leaked data included names, addresses, phone and payroll numbers and email addresses. The company has […]

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Skin creams can lead to fire deaths

Image copyright Getty Images People who use emollient creams to treat dry and itchy skin conditions are being warned they can build up in fabrics and cause them to catch fire more easily. The medicines regulator says clear warnings on product packaging is needed to alert consumers. The MHRA says it has heard of more […]

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Doctor turns author after having strokes

Dr Louise Lightfoot had to abandon her dream job as a child psychologist after suffering three strokes before the age of 30. Liverpool-born Louise is rebuilding her life after being diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome a rare inherited condition which affects connective tissue. She is now the author of several books on “invisible” disabilities aimed at […]

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Gently stroking babies ‘provides pain relief’

Image copyright Getty Images Gently stroking a baby reduces activity in their brain associated with painful experiences, a study has found. The study, by University of Oxford and Liverpool John Moores University, monitored the brain activity of 32 babies while they had blood tests. Half were stroked with a soft brush beforehand and they showed […]

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Are parents prepared for holiday hangovers?

Image copyright Getty Images With the festive season upon us, many parents are bound to find themselves drinking more than normal, be it at the pub or at any of the various Christmas parties. For those with young children, this may involve calling on the help of a kindly grandparent or a local babysitter for […]

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‘Miracle’ six-day-old baby survives Ebola

Image copyright Ministere de la Sante RDC Image caption Baby Benedicte’s mother, who had Ebola, died during childbirth A baby girl who was diagnosed with Ebola when she was only six days old has survived, health officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have confirmed. Baby Benedicte’s mother was infected with Ebola and died […]