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Bank holiday warning over gardening and DIY accidents

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images With the bank holiday weekend coming, many of us may be planning to trim the lawn or do a bit of home improvement.But surgeons have urged us to take care, saying there can be a spike in accidents involving gardening and DIY equipment at this time of year. Severed fingers and broken bones are among the gruesome injuries one surgeon says she often encounters.It comes
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Water resistant sunscreen claims ‘meaningless’, says Which?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Water-resistant sunscreen products work much less well after they have been worn in the sea, a consumer group has warned ahead of the summer holiday season.Which? tested two products claiming to be water resistant and found the sun protection factor (SPF) dropped by up to 59% after 40 minutes in salt water.Cancer Research UK welcomed the study, warning no sunscreen is 100% effective. But a
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Campaigners in court over NHS policy

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A judicial review by a group of campaigners challenging government health policy in England gets under way at the High Court later. The group, which was backed by Prof Stephen Hawking before his death, is fighting the creation of accountable care organisations (ACOs). These are to act as partnership bodies incorporating hospitals, community services and councils.Campaigners say it risks privatisation, but this is denied by
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Are sweeteners healthier than sugar?

[ad_1] Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY We're a sweet-toothed nation, eating far too much sugar for our own good. A sugary diet can lead to weight gain and health problems such as type-2 diabetes, so none of us should be having more than the maximum seven teaspoons of sugar a day.Public Health England wants our sugar intake from a host of popular foods to be cut by a fifth by
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£13.4m claw back over NHS Wales waiting time failures

[ad_1] Image copyright Andrei Malov/Getty Images More than £13m has been withheld from three health boards for failing to meet targets on cutting patient waiting lists in Wales.An extra £50m funding was announced in August 2017 by the health secretary to deliver faster improvements in routine surgery, diagnostics and therapies.Earlier this month it was reported that £3.13m had been clawed back from Betsi Cadwaladr health board in north Wales.But Abertawe
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Doctors explain Michael Jackson’s impossible dance move

[ad_1] Image copyright Manjul Tripathi Neurosurgeons have described in detail how Michael Jackson achieved biomechanically impossible dance moves in his music video Smooth Criminal.In the 1987 routine, Michael leans from the ankle at a 45 degree angle, while keeping his body straight as a rod.The illusion, which many have tried to copy, was thanks to specially designed shoes and the artist's core strength.The spine experts warn others against attempting the