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A&E waits at worst level for 15 years

Image copyright Getty Images A&E waits in England have reached their worst level since the four-hour target was introduced in 2004. The deterioration in performance came after hospitals appeared to be coping well in the early part of winter. During January, just 84.4% of patients were treated or admitted in four hours – well below […]

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'Know your cholesterol like you know your Pin code'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Most cases of cardiovascular disease are preventable through a healthy diet and lifestyle People are being encouraged to know their cholesterol and blood pressure numbers as well as they know their bank Pin code – because it could save their life. These numbers flag up early signs of cardiovascular […]

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RAF Lakenheath: USAF nurses work in NHS hospitals

Image caption Surgeons from RAF Lakenheath are working with medical staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital Patients are being seen “more quickly” after US airmen and women started working at NHS hospitals in England in a bid to refresh “rusty” skills. The USAF nurses, from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, started working alongside staff at five hospitals this […]

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Mouldy jam: Should you eat what's beneath?

Image copyright /Getty Images Image caption Theresa May says she eats jam after removing mould from the surface, it’s being reported The toast pops. The butter’s spread. Then you unscrew the lid and there it is – a circle of furry white-and-blue mould staring back at you from your strawberry jam jar. Not very tempting […]

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Cannabis use in teens linked to depression

Image copyright Getty Images Parents should not be complacent about the risks of teenagers using cannabis, experts are warning. UK and Canada researchers said they had found “robust” evidence showing using the drug in adolescence increased the risk of developing depression in adulthood by 37%. They said the findings should act as a warning to […]

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Send patients email not letters, GPs told

Image copyright Getty Images GPs in England must start routinely using email instead of sending letters to communicate with patients, the health secretary says. Matt Hancock wants email to become the default option by 2021. He said there was no reason why doctors could not email a test result or prescription – although people who […]

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Cervical cancer victim: 'I'm going to die'

The bereaved family of a nurse repeatedly given the all-clear for cervical cancer say she wanted “nobody else to suffer as she had”. Julie O’Connor, 49, died on 4 February, after her condition was missed at Bristol’s Southmead Hospital. North Bristol NHS said it would review the case. A video of Mrs O’Connor in hospital […]

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Fear wrong metal plates used to fix fractures

Image copyright Getty Images The wrong metal plates may have been inserted into patients who have broken bones, the NHS has admitted. Hospitals have been asked to review the X-rays of patients treated with metal plates for the fracture of long bones, such as arms and legs, in the past year. Patients at one trust […]