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Hunt for three million 'ghost' patients

As many as three million “ghost” patients registered with GP practices in England should be removed from doctors’ lists, latest figures suggest. As of March 2016, there were just over 57 million patients on GPs’ books. But official census data … Continue reading

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Polluted air affects 92% of global population, says WHO

Nine out of 10 people on the planet breathe polluted air, even outdoors, the World Health Organisation said. Some 92% of the population live in places where air pollution exceeds WHO limits, which can contribute to lung cancer, heart disease, … Continue reading

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'Shortfalls' in care of sick and premature babies

The Welsh NHS needs to tackle a number of “shortfalls” in the care being provided for sick and premature newborn babies, an annual audit has concluded. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s (RCPCH) analysis showed the Welsh NHS … Continue reading

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Bedford Prison inmates 'can get drugs easier than clothes or bedding'

Inmates at a “substandard” prison claimed it was easier to get hold of drugs than clothes or bedding, a watchdog has found. The report on HMP Bedford found almost twice the number of prisoners said it was “easy” to access … Continue reading

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Dilute honey 'may fight urine infections'

Honey and water might be a useful weapon against urine infections in hospital patients, say UK researchers. Patients often have a catheter fitted, either to drain urine stuck in the bladder or to monitor urine output. But these flexible tubes … Continue reading

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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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'Painful erection' spiders found in family's fruit

A family have had their home fumigated due to an infestation of “deadly spiders” they say arrived in a bunch of bananas from their local Asda. Ashley Gamble, from Leicester, told the Sun that dozens of the creepy-crawlies emerged from … 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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