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Type 2 diabetes plan targets those at high risk

Type 2 diabetes plan targets those at high risk

Image copyright Getty Images People with the very highest risk of developing type 2 diabetes are being prioritised for places on NHS lifestyle change programmes. Updated guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said this would cover 1.7m people in England. The programmes help people to change their diet and do […]

Roger Bainton: Surgeon struck off for harming patients

Roger Bainton: Surgeon struck off for harming patients

Media captionPatient’s anger after treatment by struck-off surgeon A facial surgeon has been struck off the medical register to “protect the public” after harming his patients. Roger Bainton carried out dozens of unnecessary operations and “experimental procedures” while working at Royal Stoke University Hospital from 2005 to 2013. In the 1990s he was severely reprimanded […]

Deaths at Essex NHS Trust institutions probed by police

Deaths at Essex NHS Trust institutions probed by police

Image copyright Leahy family Image caption Matthew Leahy was found hanged at the Linden Centre in 2012 Nine NHS institutions, including mental health units, are being investigated as part of a police inquiry into multiple deaths at a trust. Up to 25 deaths at the North Essex Partnership University Trust dating back to 2000 are […]

NHS checks ‘should be done at shops and stadiums’

NHS checks ‘should be done at shops and stadiums’

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Vital health checks should be carried out in shops and at football grounds to diagnose people at risk of heart attacks and strokes, NHS chiefs say. NHS England and Public Health England are urging the novel approach to get more people to come forward for the over-40s checks programme. Only […]

NHS told to brace itself for bad flu season

NHS told to brace itself for bad flu season

Image copyright Science Photo Library Flu could put much more pressure than usual on GPs and hospitals this winter, health bosses are predicting. It follows the worst outbreak in many years in Australia and New Zealand. Speaking at a health conference in Manchester, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said the winter flu season there […]

‘Weak evidence’ light alcohol use in pregnancy harms

‘Weak evidence’ light alcohol use in pregnancy harms

Image copyright Getty Images There is “surprisingly limited” evidence that light drinking during pregnancy poses any risk to the baby, say UK researchers. They reviewed all the available studies done on the topic since the 1950s and found no convincing proof that a drink or two a week is harmful. The Bristol University team stress […]

Children warned over lethal men-of-war

Children warned over lethal men-of-war

Image caption A Portuguese man-of-war, which was one of a group of six, washed up at Gwithian Large numbers of potentially fatal Portuguese man-of-war have washed up on a Cornish beach, prompting its closure. RNLI lifeguards erected do not swim red flags at Perranporth beach earlier because of the “unusually large number” of the creatures. […]

Security warning over hospital syringe pumps

Security warning over hospital syringe pumps

Image copyright PA Image caption The pumps are used in many different ways, including keeping patients unconscious during surgery Syringe pumps used in hospitals around the world have flaws hackers could exploit to change the dosages being delivered to patients. Security researcher Scott Gayou found eight separate flaws in the MedFusion 4000 pump made by […]

Sepsis: Some NHS hospitals missing treatment target

Sepsis: Some NHS hospitals missing treatment target

Image copyright EYE OF SCIENCE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition caused by the body overreacting to infection One in four NHS hospital trusts is failing to give antibiotics to half their patients with sepsis within the recommended time, new figures suggest. Figures from 104 trusts seen by BBC Panorama show […]

Psychiatric care is postcode lottery, say medical experts

Psychiatric care is postcode lottery, say medical experts

Image copyright Getty Images There are not enough NHS psychiatrists in some parts of the UK and more should be recruited to improve care, says the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In Scotland, there are 10 consultant psychiatrists per 100,000 people – but only eight for the same number in England and Northern Ireland, and just […]

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