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UK pushes ahead with sugar tax

The UK government has published draft legislation for a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, which is set to begin from April 2018. There will be two bands – one for soft drinks with more than 5g of sugar per 100ml and … Continue reading

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Margaret and Angus Mayer's family raise dementia care concerns

A family has criticised social services after the deaths of an elderly couple. An inquest will be held on Wednesday for Margaret Mayer, 85, who had dementia. Her husband Angus, 86, was arrested for her murder. Mr Mayer was hit … Continue reading

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'It's lovely to find out about their lives'

The perception of care homes – and what it’s like to live and work in them – is not always positive. But Charlotte, who currently works at the Anchor Greenacres Care Home in Banstead, Surrey, says there is real joy … Continue reading

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BMA calls for complete ban on smoking in vehicles

The Scottish government should ban smoking in vehicles completely, according to the British Medical Association (BMA). The association has welcomed a new law which now makes it illegal to smoke in a car when children are present. But Dr Peter … Continue reading

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Pill could reduce HIV risk by 86%

At least 10,000 people in England will be offered a pill that reduces the risk of becoming infected with HIV. The three-year trial for the treatment, which is called Prep, comes after NHS England lost a court case over who … Continue reading

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Wales' top-paid locum doctor paid £183,000 in 2015-16

Wales’ top-earning locum doctor was paid £183,000 in 2015-16, according to new figures. Aneurin Bevan University Health Board had the highest and second highest-paid locum – at £159,000, BBC Wales learned via a Freedom of Information request. The total spend … Continue reading

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'Drinking plenty of fluids' advice questioned

Doctors often advise patients to “drink plenty of fluids” when unwell, but the case of a 59-year-old woman shows that drinking too much water too quickly can be dangerous. She developed hyponatraemia or water intoxication after trying to stave off … Continue reading

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Fizzy facts

So is this the news we were all waiting for? The suggestion that drinking prosecco is good for us has resurfaced on social media just in time for the Christmas party season. But is it true? Well, it actually crops … Continue reading

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Why more young women are body building

Brittany Rhodes used to think she was too skinny and it affected her confidence. She says: “I was a size zero. I wanted to actually have that curvy figure and that’s why I got into training.” She thinks the trend … Continue reading

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Health advisers call for minimum alcohol unit pricing

Introducing a minimum price per unit of alcohol in England would improve the health of the heaviest drinkers, a review by Public Health England says. The report found that although alcohol consumption has dropped since 2008, those in poorer communities … Continue reading

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