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Newcastle robot surgery inquest: ‘Risk of further deaths’

[ad_1] Image caption Stephen Pettitt died after an operation to repair a valve in his heart There "remains a risk of further deaths" from robotic heart surgery, a coroner has warned during an inquest into a man's death.Stephen Pettitt, 69, died after an operation led by Sukumaran Nair at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, in 2015.He was the first patient in the UK to undergo the pioneering treatment.Recording a narrative verdict,
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Diabetes prescriptions now cost NHS £1bn, figures show

[ad_1] Image copyright Maya23K Image caption The NHS is spending £1 billion annually on diabetes medicine Diabetes prescriptions are costing the NHS in England more than £1 billion a year, according to new figures from NHS Digital. The total cost of the prescriptions has risen significantly - by more than £422 million - in the last 10 years. Almost one in 20 prescriptions written by GPs are now for diabetes
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Type-1 diabetics ‘missing out on life-changing glucose monitors’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Freestyle Libre monitor is used by Prime Minister Theresa May and was made available on the NHS last November Tens of thousands of type-1 diabetics in England are being denied access to a "life-changing" blood sugar monitor due to a postcode lottery, data suggests.The Freestyle Libre, used by Prime Minister Theresa May, was made available on the NHS last November.But an investigation
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Smoking, diabetes increase heart attack risk more in women

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Creative Women who smoke, have diabetes or high blood pressure increase their risk of a heart attack more than men faced with the same risks, a large study of UK adults has found. The researchers, writing in the BMJ, said women should receive the same treatments as men and be offered support to stop smoking.Doctors should also be better at spotting female patients at risk.Men are
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What is it like to prevent a suicide?

[ad_1] Image copyright Gillian Assor Image caption Gillian says she now has an "unusual" and "unbelievable" bond with Tommy "I'm not a hero," says Gillian Assor, six months after preventing a suicide on a railway bridge near London. "I just happened to be walking past."According to figures from the British Transport Police, 2018 has seen a 20% rise in members of the public intervening to stop people killing themselves on
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Architects: ‘Beautiful’ that Tom is still in our music after death

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Architects drummer Dan Searle playing with his twin brother Tom at Download Festival in 2013 He's not only in your band - who've spent more than a decade touring the world with the likes of Bring Me The Horizon - but he's also your drummer's twin brother. So what do you do when he dies?It's a question Brighton band Architects have had to
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‘I call my OCD Olivia’

[ad_1] Catherine Benfield wasn't diagnosed with OCD until she was was 31, after she had her first child, though it would appear she's had it all her life. She recovered with the help of therapy - and by creating a character who personifies her obsessive-compulsive behaviour."She's got the big ears, because she's like a startled hare, she's listening out."She's bedraggled, because she's been through a lot and she's normally having
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GPs to prescribe medical cannabis in Jersey

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Deputy Montfort Tadier said GPs were already allowed to prescribe "much stronger, dangerous and addictive medicines" Patients in Jersey will be able to get medical cannabis from all doctors after politicians voted to change the law.Deputy Montfort Tadier, who proposed the move, said GPs should be allowed to prescribe pre-approved products to patients. In the UK only specialist doctors are allowed to issue
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Abortion pills prosecution could have ‘chilling effect’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Women in Northern Ireland only have access to abortions when a woman's life is at risk, or there is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health The decision to prosecute a woman accused of buying abortion pills for her 15-year-old daughter could have a "chilling effect" on woman and girls in a similar situation, a court has heard.A lawyer
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WWE’s Alexa Bliss: Bodybuilding helped me face anorexia

[ad_1] WWE star Alexa Bliss (Lexi Kaufman) has told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Nihal Arthanayake how bodybuilding helped her overcome an eating disorder.She said “The only reason I got better was because of bodybuilding." Click here to listen to the latest episode of the Headliners podcast featuring Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks, and Elias and Bobby Lashley.Details of organisations that can offer support can be found here. [ad_2] Source link
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Stroke survivor: ‘Walking up stairs will be a dream come true’

[ad_1] Image caption Emmy Macnicol suffered a massive stroke following surgery for a rare neurological condition A 27-year-old woman has told of her determination to recover from a rare type of stroke that is believed to affect only 300 people in the world.Emmy Macnicol, from Strathpeffer, in the Highlands, had a medullary infarction following brain surgery on the eve of her 25th birthday.Two years on, she is learning to walk
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Major home care provider ‘at risk’

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library Vital home care services for the elderly could be disrupted in many parts of England, regulators say.The Care Quality Commission has issued a notice saying it has serious doubts about the future of Allied Healthcare.The CQC said it was concerned about its prospects from the end of this month, but the firm said the move was "premature and unwarranted".The company provides services, such as
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Scotland to get AI health research centre

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Scotland is to get its own £15.8m artificial intelligence (AI) health research centre.The Glasgow-based centre will look at how AI could improve patient diagnosis and treatment.It will bring together experts to explore using AI in the treatment of strokes and some cancers.It is hoped that using technology to process large amounts of data will allow the health service to operate more quickly and efficiently.The centre
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Inside the hospital treating acid attack scars

[ad_1] Image caption The St Andrew's Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns has been treating Adele for the last four years Warning: This piece contains images some may find upsettingA growing number of people are being hospitalised because of acid attacks, new figures show. The BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme has been given unique access inside Europe's largest burns unit, to see how they help survivors recover.Under anaesthetic, Adele Bellis lies
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‘Too many children’ have tonsils removed unnecessarily

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of children are having their tonsils removed unnecessarily, costing the NHS millions of pounds each year, according to experts. They found seven in every eight children given tonsillectomies were unlikely to benefit from the operation. NHS England has already said it plans to cut back on this surgery, along with other "ineffective" treatments, where the harms outweigh any gains. Children may be given a
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‘Morning people’ have lower breast cancer risk

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Women whose body clocks mean they are "morning people" have a lower risk of developing breast cancer, say UK researchers.The team at the University of Bristol says the reason why still needs to be uncovered.It adds the findings are important as they may affect every woman's risk.Experts said the study presented at the NCRI Cancer Conference in Glasgow added to a growing understanding of the
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Patients facing NHS tests ‘bottleneck’

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library A rising number of patients are facing long waits for key NHS tests as UK hospitals struggle with staff shortages, a BBC investigation shows. Tests such as scans and biopsies are crucial for diagnosing illnesses.But tens of thousands of patients are waiting weeks - sometimes months - for them, leading to potentially harmful delays before treatment can start.Figures obtained by the BBC under the
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Firework burn girl, 4, makes safety plea to friends

[ad_1] Image caption Rosie-May Mason was just four when a multi-shot firework hit her in the neck A four-year-old girl has warned her friends not to get too close to fireworks after she was scarred for life by a rocket.Rosie-May Mason spent five weeks in hospital after she was hit in the neck at a private display last year.Her parents are calling for a ban on the future sale of
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Paris ambulances’ ‘snail’ protest brings city roads to a stop

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Paris ambulances took to the city's ring road - very slowly - on Monday morning The main Paris ring road was slowed to a crawl on Monday morning as hundreds of ambulances, sirens blaring, protested at changes to conditions.Some 500 ambulances had already gathered in Paris before rush hour on Monday as part of a day of action.A new regulation means that hospitals
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NHS prevention plan aims to boost life expectancy

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Health Secretary Matt Hancock is set to unveil his "vision" for the NHS in England People in England are being told to cut back on alcohol, sugar, salt and fat in a bid to boost the nation's life expectancy by five years.Health Secretary Matt Hancock will set out his long-term vision for the NHS on Monday - and it will focus on preventing illness.He