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‘Medical opinions ignored’ by NHS payment assessor, workers say

‘Medical opinions ignored’ by NHS payment assessor, workers say

Image caption The NHS pays for long-term support and care for severely ill patients using national criteria Medical opinions have been ignored in the assessment of NHS payments to patients receiving care, it is claimed. Three health workers said an assessor organisation discounted medical views so some patients were denied NHS care. Norman Lamb MP […]

GP probed for giving child, 12, gender-change hormones

GP probed for giving child, 12, gender-change hormones

Media captionDr Helen Webberley said she listens to ‘children’s hearts’ about when they want treatment A Monmouthshire GP is being investigated over complaints about her giving gender-change hormones to children as young as 12. Dr Helen Webberley has been restricted from treating transgender patients unsupervised while the General Medical Council (GMC) looks into the case. […]

Beware of social media during terror events, NHS guidelines warn

Beware of social media during terror events, NHS guidelines warn

Image copyright PA NHS staff and terror attack victims and their families have been warned about the risks of using social media in new guidelines issued by NHS England. The guide cautions that internet trolls may subject victims to “vile and upsetting abuse”, as was seen after the Manchester and London terror attacks. It also […]

Powerful painkiller use ‘doubled in 15 years’

Powerful painkiller use ‘doubled in 15 years’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Opioid painkillers include tramadol, codeine and morphine The use of potentially addictive painkillers across England has doubled in the last 15 years, according to a report by leading public health experts. Researchers found one in 20 people was being prescribed opioid painkillers, such as codeine and tramadol. They also […]

Anxiety over health ’caused by cyber-chondria’

Anxiety over health ’caused by cyber-chondria’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Worrying excessively about health issues should be picked up and treated, researchers said Worrying excessively about health, and going for unnecessary appointments and tests, is a growing problem – fuelled by looking up symptoms on the internet, researchers say. Health anxiety can also be caused by previous health scares […]

Belfast scientists say aspirin could reverse tooth decay

Belfast scientists say aspirin could reverse tooth decay

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tooth decay can lead to cavities forming Aspirin could reverse the effects of tooth decay and could lead to fewer fillings being needed in the future, researchers in Belfast have said. Initial research at Queen’s University has found aspirin stimulates stem cells in teeth, enhancing tooth regeneration. Tooth decay, […]

‘Pen’ identifies cancer in 10 seconds

‘Pen’ identifies cancer in 10 seconds

Image copyright University of Texas A handheld device can identify cancerous tissue in 10 seconds, according to scientists at the University of Texas. They say it could make surgery to remove a tumour quicker, safer and more precise. And they hope it would avoid the “heartbreak” of leaving any of the cancer behind. Tests, published […]

Litigation ‘threatening NHS finances’

Litigation ‘threatening NHS finances’

Image copyright Thinkstock The rising cost of litigation is threatening the financial health of the NHS in England, auditors are warning. The National Audit Office says the bill for clinical negligence has quadrupled in the last 10 years, reaching nearly £1.6bn last year. It is urging the government to do more to curb the costs. […]

Spiral drawing test detects signs of Parkinson’s

Spiral drawing test detects signs of Parkinson’s

Image copyright RMIT University Image caption Computer software measures drawing speed and pen pressure to diagnose Parkinson’s A test that involves drawing a spiral on a sheet of paper could be used to diagnose early Parkinson’s disease. Australian researchers have trialled software that measures writing speed and pen pressure on the page. Both are useful […]

Endometriosis: My life full of pain

Endometriosis: My life full of pain

Image copyright Amelia Davies Image caption Amelia hopes that talking about her condition will help others Endometriosis isn’t just painful periods, it’s a chronic condition in a league of its own. One in 10 women has it yet, in the UK, it takes on average seven years to get it correctly diagnosed by a doctor […]