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Sharp rise in flu hospital admissions in England

Sharp rise in flu hospital admissions in England 4 January 2018 Image copyright Getty Images There was a sharp rise in hospital admissions in England for confirmed flu cases in the last week of December, Public Health England figures show. There were 114 admissions to intensive care with confirmed flu and a further 421 people admitted to general wards – up from 61 and 66 the week before. Prof Paul Cosford, medical director at PHE, said the rises were “significant” but not unexpected. And he said it was still not too late to be vaccinated. Adults aged over 65,...

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Offer transgender patients egg freezing, experts say

Offer transgender patients egg freezing, experts say By Alex Therrien Health reporter, BBC News 4 January 2018 Image copyright Science Photo Library Women and girls in the UK transitioning to become men should be able to have their eggs frozen by the NHS, the British Fertility Society has said. Current guidance says cancer patients should be given the chance to preserve their fertility before undergoing treatment that can make them infertile. But the BFS said transgender patients and women whose medicines can make them infertile should also be included. The provision of fertility preservation treatment was “patchy”, it said....

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Waitrose bans sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to under-16s

Waitrose bans sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to under-16s 4 January 2018 Image copyright iStock Waitrose is to ban the sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to children aged under 16. The supermarket said customers buying drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre would be asked to prove their age from 5 March. The move follows concerns over the impact of the high sugar and caffeine content on children. Teachers’ union NASUWT said one in 10 teachers cited energy drinks as a key cause of poor pupil behaviour. Waitrose said its decision was based on existing industry labelling...

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‘Twice as many die’ in Africa after surgery

4 January 2018 Image copyright AFP Image caption Post-surgery survival rates are lower across Africa despite patients undergoing “more minor” operations Patients undergoing surgery in Africa are more than twice as likely to die following an operation than the global average, researchers say. But they say the most worrying revelation was just how few Africans have access to elective surgery – surgery that is scheduled in advance. The number of these operations is 20 times lower than the demand, the study in the Lancet medical journal says. They call the deficit a “silent killer”. Africa Live: Latest updates Praised...

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Sharp rise in ambulance delays at A&E

Sharp rise in ambulance delays at A&E By Nick Triggle BBC News 4 January 2018 Image copyright gorgios Image caption Patients are experiencing delays when they arrive at A&E by ambulance There has been a large rise in the number of patients facing delays when they arrive at A&E in ambulances in England, figures show. In the last week of 2017 there were 16,900 delays of 30 minutes – up by over 40% on the previous week. Delays happen when A&E staff are not available for paramedics to hand over patients too. The figures from NHS England once again...

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