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Office cake culture is 'danger to health'

Having cake at work to celebrate colleagues’ birthdays, engagements or just surviving the week is a danger to health, a senior dentist argues. Prof Nigel Hunt, from the Faculty of Dental Surgery, at the Royal College of Surgeons, says “cake … Continue reading

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Testicle removal surgeon struck off

A surgeon who tried to cover up the fact he had cut off a man’s testicle in error has been struck off. The organ was removed at the private BMI Chiltern Hospital in Buckinghamshire in April 2014. The Medical Practitioners … Continue reading

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Healthy option?

Much of the debate about whether Britain stays in or leaves the European Union focuses on the flow of people. So it’s not surprising that there has been discussion of how the NHS might be affected, both in terms of … Continue reading

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Ginger and acupressure 'options for morning sickness'

Taking ginger or using acupressure on the wrist may help some women with mild morning sickness, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) says. Its guidance suggests these therapies could offer alternatives to women who want to avoid medication. … Continue reading

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Butterfly effect

Millie Smith gave birth to twin girls, knowing that one of them would soon die. Skye and Callie were born prematurely at Kingston Hospital on 30 April. Twelve weeks into her pregnancy, Millie discovered one of her babies had anencephaly … Continue reading

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Yellow fever fight

In the green and shaded gardens of the Americo Boavida Hospital in Angola’s capital, Luanda, women in colourful printed dresses wait patiently for visiting hours to begin. It is one of the biggest hospitals in the city, serving almost two … Continue reading

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Up to half of UK people living in pain

Around 28m people in the UK are living in chronic pain from conditions such as arthritis – almost triple the number experts had presumed – say researchers. The BMJ Open authors worked out the new estimate by searching thousands of … Continue reading

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Hard-and-fast prostate radiotherapy 'a win-win for NHS'

The NHS could save money and patients’ time by giving fewer but stronger doses of radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer, say experts. The UK doctors told the Lancet Oncology there was now enough proof the hard-and-fast treatment worked just as … Continue reading

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Second baby for womb transplant mum

One of the first women to receive a womb transplant is expecting a second child, a medical conference has heard. Prof Mats Brannstrom, who pioneered the fertility surgery in 2014, made the announcement at the Royal College of Obstetricians and … Continue reading

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Margaret Gleeson inquest: Weekend staffing 'affects care'

Weekend staffing levels affect the care patients receive at a Wigan hospital, an inquest has been told. Margaret Gleeson, 70, died on a Sunday at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary – two days after a routine hernia operation in October … Continue reading

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