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Medic suspended for 'dishonesty' over Ebola temperature

A doctor who mislead other medics about Pauline Cafferkey – a nurse who developed the Ebola virus – has been suspended from practising for a month. Dr Hannah Ryan took Ms Cafferkey’s temperature at Heathrow airport on returning from West … Continue reading

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Lung probe 'to help cut the unnecessary use of antibiotics'

A lung probe that diagnoses bacterial infections could prevent unnecessary use of antibiotics in intensive care units, researchers believe. The fibre-optic tube can show within 60 seconds whether a patient needs to be treated with the drugs. It is hoped … Continue reading

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Right to die case: Shrewsbury's Noel Conway loses court bid

A man with terminal motor neurone disease has lost a High Court bid to challenge the law on assisted dying. Noel Conway, 67, who was diagnosed in November 2014 and is not expected to live beyond 12 months, said he … Continue reading

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France anaesthetist investigated for poisoning patients

An anaesthetist suspected of poisoning seven patients – two of whom died – appeared in court in France on Wednesday. The 45-year-old was placed under formal investigation on 6 March, but magistrates are deciding whether to remand him in custody. … Continue reading

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Menstrual cycle recreated 'in a dish'

US scientists say they have made a mini working replica of the female reproductive tract using human and mouse tissue. Although the palm-sized device looks nothing like a womb, fallopian tubes and ovaries, the researchers say it should help with … Continue reading

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Measles outbreak across Europe

Measles is spreading across Europe wherever immunisation coverage has dropped, the World Health Organization is warning. The largest outbreaks are being seen in Italy and Romania. In the first month of this year, Italy reported more than 200 cases. Romania … Continue reading

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Meningitis outbreak kills at least 140 in Nigeria

An outbreak of meningitis in several states of Nigeria has killed at least 140 people, officials say. It has been reported over the last week in six states and has so far infected more than 1,000 people, the Abuja Centre … Continue reading

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Bowel cancer: 'I've cried, shouted and planned my funeral'

Deborah was feeling “under the weather” for about a year, before she was diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer. The mother-of-two says the possibility she might not see her children grow up is “mortifying”. “I think I am learning to … Continue reading

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Cancer diagnosis: 'Looking for needle in a haystack'

New measures to improve diagnosis of cancer are expected to be published this week as part of NHS England’s delivery plan for the next two years. Presenter Nick Robinson, who has been treated for cancer himself in recent years, visited … Continue reading

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Bowel cancer tool to boost diagnosis in under-50s

GPs have been given access to a new risk assessment tool to help diagnose young people at risk of bowel cancer. Experts say people under 50 do not act on bowel cancer symptoms quickly enough and 20% have to visit … Continue reading

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