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Blackpool hospital medic held over poisoning claims

Image copyright Google Image caption Police said the investigation was at a very early stage A healthcare professional at a hospital in Blackpool has been arrested over the alleged poisoning of patients. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust raised concerns over care to some patients on 8 November, Lancashire Police said. The allegations related to […]

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Hyponatraemia Inquiry: GMC investigates two doctors

Image caption The children who died were Adam Strain, Raychel Ferguson, Claire Roberts and Conor Mitchell. Lucy Crawford’s family chose not to release a photograph The General Medical Council is investigating two more doctors linked to the Hyponatraemia Inquiry. The inquiry examined the deaths of five children in Northern Ireland. Dr Heather Steen and Dr […]

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Peanut allergy treatment 'in sight'

Image caption Emily says she can now enjoy eating birthday cake with friends Peanut allergy can be beaten with a treatment that slowly builds up tolerance, a large study shows. None of nearly 500 four- to 17-year-olds from the US and Europe could tolerate even a 10th of a peanut. But after taking tiny daily […]

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Hospital noise levels growing worse, say researchers

Image copyright PA Noise levels in hospitals are getting worse, research suggests. Anyone who has ever stayed overnight in a hospital will know how difficult it can be to sleep, surrounded by staff, machinery, trolleys and telephones. In the UK, 40% of hospital patients are bothered by noise at night, according to in-patient surveys. But […]

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Alopecia patients call for NHS to fund real hair wigs

Image copyright BSIP via Getty Images Image caption People with alopecia want better access to good quality wigs to help with the psychological impacts of the condition The NHS should fund real hair wigs for people with alopecia and better recognise the psychological impacts, people with the condition have said. Julie Mees was diagnosed more […]

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Snow Patrol star on mental health concerns

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe singer has previously spoken about his own battles with depression Snow Patrol star Gary Lightbody says he feels “angry” that Northern Ireland has no devolved government while mental health issues remain a problem. Northern Ireland has the highest suicide rate in the UK. The singer has […]

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'I didn't worry about getting HIV'

Image copyright Max Max is HIV positive, Alex is HIV negative. They began dating two years ago, just after Max learned about his status. They took part in a landmark health study that proved someone with HIV but on effective treatment could not transmit the virus through sex. They couple have shared their story with […]

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Allied Healthcare to transfer care contracts

Image copyright Science Photo Library A major UK home care provider, offering support to 13,000 older and disabled people, is seeking to transfer or sell all its contracts to other providers. Allied Healthcare was warned this month by the care regulator about its financial sustainability. Since then, some local authorities have already taken steps to […]