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NHS bosses look to overhaul cancer screening

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library Cancer screening programmes are to be reviewed following high-profile mistakes that have put thousands of patients in England at risk.NHS England has asked former government cancer tsar Sir Mike Richards to look at what changes are needed.Three national schemes cover breast, cervical and bowel cancers.On Wednesday, it emerged letters about the cervical cancer tests that should have gone to 40,000 women between January and
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Thousands caught up in ‘appalling’ cervical screening blunder

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library More than 40,000 women in England have not received information regarding cervical cancer screening after a failure to send out letters by the NHS.The errors were made between January and June.Around 4,000 of them were results of tests, the remainder were letters inviting them for screening or reminding them they were due.Between 150 and 200 of the test results that were not sent out
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Northern Ireland child post-mortem examinations to be done in England

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption From January 2019 post-mortem examinations on children from NI will have to be carried out in Liverpool Post-mortem examinations on infants in Northern Ireland will have to be carried out in a hospital in England due to a lack of specialist staff.The paediatric pathologist service is currently provided on a regional basis by the Belfast Trust. However the BBC can reveal that the
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Briton dies from rabies after cat bite in Morocco

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A cat in Morocco (file picture) A Briton has died after contracting rabies while on holiday in Morocco, health officials have said.Public Health England said the victim became infected after being bitten by a cat.PHE issued a reminder to travellers to avoid coming into contact with animals when in rabies-affected countries.Rabies is not found in wild or domestic animals in the UK, but
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‘I was in excruciating pain from excess iron’

[ad_1] Image copyright Katherine Hough Image caption Katherine Hough suffers from hair loss, IBS, and joint pain For years, Katherine Hough, 27, suffered from a series of mystifying symptoms. "I had unexplained stomach pains. Then when I got to university I began to faint frequently, my hair was falling out, I had severe joint pains and was constantly tired. My Mum thought it was down to my hectic student lifestyle."
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‘Remarkable’ decline in fertility rates

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There has been a remarkable global decline in the number of children women are having, say researchers. Their report found fertility rate falls meant nearly half of countries were now facing a "baby bust" - meaning there are insufficient children to maintain their population size.The researchers said the findings were a "huge surprise".And there would be profound consequences for societies with "more grandparents than grandchildren".How
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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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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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Matt Hancock: GPs should prescribe concerts and mixtapes

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The government's 'social prescribing' plans could see doctor's recommend concerts and music playlists. Doctors should prescribe song playlists as well as medication, the health secretary has said.Patients with mental health conditions could be given dancing and music classes, under new "social prescribing" plans. Matt Hancock has criticised the reliance of treating long-term illnesses with drugs, and said culture therapy could save the NHS