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'Smart drug' warning for students

The government’s watchdog has issued a warning to students about the dangers of taking “smart drugs”. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency says young people are gambling with their health by using prescription medicines in a bid to get … Continue reading

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Fleetwood :A town taking its health seriously

Lifestyle choices such as smoking, drinking, poor diet and lack of exercise are costing the NHS in England as much as £11bn a year. Health experts warn that the future of the entire health service is under threat unless they … Continue reading

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Osteoporosis tests 'could save Welsh NHS £4.5m'

More services in Wales to help diagnose osteoporosis could save the NHS £4.5m a year, a charity has claimed. The National Osteoporosis Society is calling for every hospital in Wales to have such a specialist service. It claims only half … Continue reading

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Women's mental health needs 'not considered adequately'

Women’s mental health needs are not being considered adequately despite the rising rate of female suicide, campaigners have warned. Agenda, an alliance of more than 60 groups for females at risk, submitted Freedom of Information requests to 57 mental health … Continue reading

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Four in 10 children not going to dentist, NHS figures show

More than 40% of children in England did not see a dentist last year, new NHS statistics show – a figure the British Dental Association says is embarrassing. The BDA said regular dental check-ups were the key to preventing tooth … Continue reading

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Could Irish spider venom cure diseases?

Spiders are summarily put to death with rolled up newspapers every day, with the lucky ones simply being ejected from our homes. Few people have a place in their hearts for arachnids. But could these tiny creatures – they are … Continue reading

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Period pain affects 'most women workers'

Most women workers have experienced period pain that affects their ability to work, a survey suggests. A YouGov survey of 1,000 women for BBC Radio 5 live’s Emma Barnett programme found 52% had, but only 27% had told their boss … Continue reading

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Childhood vaccinations 'down again'

The percentage of under-twos in England receiving most routine vaccinations is down slightly for the third year in a row, NHS figures show. Uptake of the first dose of measles mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, given at around one-year-old has … Continue reading

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IVF rates in England 'at 12-year low'

Campaigners say the provision of free IVF on the NHS in England has fallen to its lowest level since guidelines were introduced in 2004. Figures from the charity Fertility Fairness show a steady decline in the number of providers offering … Continue reading

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Cancelled ops 'norm'

Cancelled operations due to winter pressures in hospitals are becoming “the norm” not the exception in Wales, a leading surgeon has warned. Tim Havard, of the Royal College of Surgeons, said Wales is braced for a repeat of last winter’s … Continue reading

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