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Trust recalls 2,500 patients over treatment fears

[ad_1] Image caption The trust says it is a "serious" situation and has apologised More than 2,500 neurology patients in Northern Ireland, including children, are being recalled for a case review. The recall comes amid concerns some patients may have been misdiagnosed.The BBC can reveal that this follows a review of the work of neurology consultant Dr Michael Watt at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. Neurology is the
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Scotland ends cheap booze as minimum price starts

[ad_1] Image caption Cheap vodka is one of the drinks affected by the minimum pricing The price of cheap, high-strength alcohol has gone up in Scotland as long-awaited legislation on minimum pricing comes into force.The law, which sets a floor price for drinks depending on how many units of alcohol they contain, was passed in 2012 but has faced legal challenges.The Scottish government said the move would cut consumption and
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Ruaridh Brown: Father saves baby son’s life with CPR

[ad_1] Image copyright Alec Brown Image caption The Browns live in Tobermory on Mull A father who saved his baby son's life using recently-acquired CPR skills is urging others to learn first aid.Alec Brown, 29, took part in a first aid training session in January. Weeks later he put his skills into action when his eight-month-old son Ruaridh stopped breathing at the family home on the Hebridean island of Mull.As
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‘The NHS treatment that caused my cancer’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'I was infected with hepatitis C'A High Court judge is starting work this week as chairman of a public inquiry into the biggest treatment scandal in NHS history. Tens of thousands want answers after being infected with hepatitis C and HIV from contaminated blood products."It's become a life of sickness, illness, worry, anxiety," Steve Dymond tells the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme."It
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‘Hiding at the back of the gym crying’

[ad_1] Image copyright Macmillan Cancer Support Men are less than half as likely as women to ask for help when they are diagnosed with cancer, according to the charity Macmillan. Craig Toley was 29 when he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer but didn't talk about it until after he'd fallen into a deep depression. "I remember when I got diagnosed I went to work straight from the doctor's surgery and
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Alfie Evans: When are parents denied the final say?

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Protesters tried to storm the Alder Hey hospital entrance The parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans were embroiled in a lengthy legal challenge against the decision to prevent him from leaving the country for treatment.His death, almost a week after life support was withdrawn, raises painful questions around what happens when doctors and parents disagree about what's best for a child. The toddler had been
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Five things you might be surprised affect weight

[ad_1] Image caption Jackie (left) and Gillian (right) are twins but have very different BMIs People might think battling obesity is down to sheer willpower, but medical research says otherwise. Here are five potentially surprising factors that can affect your weight, as unearthed by The Truth About Obesity .1. Gut microbesGillian and Jackie are twins - but one weighs over six stone (41kg) more than the other. Prof Tim Spector
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New Wales Down’s syndrome test ‘to cut miscarriage risk’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHealth Secretary Vaughan Gething says the test is safer for mothers and babiesPregnant women in Wales are to become the first in the UK to receive a non-invasive test for Down's syndrome.The blood test, available on the NHS from Monday, is said to be safer and more accurate than existing screenings for Down's, Edward's and Patau's syndromes.It will be offered to
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Health bosses criticise visa rules for doctors

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'Shortage of doctors has led to treatment delays'Immigration rules are hampering the ability of the NHS to recruit doctors, health leaders are warning.The number of skilled non-EU workers granted UK visas is capped - with the Home Office arguing the restriction is in "the national interest".But NHS bosses say increasing numbers of doctors are being refused permission, worsening rota gaps and