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Greater Manchester patients to get seven-day GP access

A £41m plan to give everyone in Greater Manchester seven-day GP access has been approved. The GM Health and Social Care Partnership Board said the move would make 24/7 urgent primary care provision easier for patients to access. The additional … Continue reading

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Security Matters: How Healthcare Sites and Portals Are Managing Security

If you’ve been in the game long enough, you’ll know that search engines are now prioritizing secure websites. The trend for better internet security actually started when healthcare service providers and financial institutions began using digital records. Since then, the … Continue reading

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Hospital appointments: RCS warning over waiting lists

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has warned that Northern Ireland patients are waiting too long for surgery. The latest hospital waiting list figures show 55.3% of patients were waiting longer than 13 weeks to be admitted for inpatient or … Continue reading

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Canadian researchers set to study cannabis oil

Liam has Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. But after debilitating seizures and pharmaceutical trials and errors throughout his life, Liam’s parents turned to cannabis oil. Now a Canadian hospital in Toronto will be studying the effects cannabis oil … Continue reading

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Adopted Romanian orphans 'still suffering in adulthood'

Many young children adopted from Romanian orphanages by UK families in the early 90s are still experiencing mental health problems even in adulthood, researchers say. Despite being brought up by caring new families, a long-term study of 165 Romanian orphans … Continue reading

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Brain scans 'may spot teen drug problems'

An international team of scientists say the way teenagers’ brains are wired may help predict whether they will develop drug problems in the future. The team looked at adolescents who were generally more impulsive than their peers – a trait … Continue reading

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Life expectancy to break 90 barrier by 2030

South Korean women will be the first in the world to have an average life expectancy above 90, a study suggests. Imperial College London and the World Health Organization analysed lifespans in 35 industrialised countries. It predicted all would see … Continue reading

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10,000 steps a day is a meaningless fitness goal, says science

A scientist in the US claims fitness apps could be “doing more harm than good”. Dr Greg Hager, a computer science expert, has told Newsbeat “very few” of them have any base in scientific evidence. Many of the most popular … Continue reading

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Testosterone replacement for men 'trade-off with risks'

Older men with low testosterone levels might benefit from hormone treatment for healthy bones, but it may also increase their risk of heart problems, US trials suggest. Levels of the male hormone gradually decrease naturally as men get older. Doctors … Continue reading

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Healthcare Quality Indicators: Wales 'in line' with UK average

Wales is doing as well as, and in some areas better than, other UK nations in a range of health quality indicators. Figures directly comparing the NHS in the four UK nations have been released for the first time. Stroke … Continue reading

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