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Cancer treatment is to get its biggest boost in 15 years, according to NHS England, which has said it will spend £130m upgrading or replacing radiotherapy machines to improve the survival chances of hundreds of thousands of patients. The upgrade of at le
GPs who raise the issue of their patients’ obesity in the surgery will not offend them and are likely to help them reach a healthy weight, a new study has shown. Doctors are notoriously nervous of telling people they are overweight and worry that initiat
Women have caught up with men in the amount of alcohol they drink and are doing increasing amounts of damage to their health as a result, according to a global study that looked at the consumption habits of four million people over a period of over a cen
Polish women gathered on Monday in cities across the country to protest against a proposal to ban abortions in cases where foetuses are badly damaged or have no chance of survival after birth. Many wore black, a symbol of mourning for the feared loss of
Jenni Murray’s recent suggestion of analysing pornography in the classroom might raise some eyebrows, but with up to 60% of young people using porn to teach themselves about sex, she’s right that schools should not ignore it (Opinion, 17 October). The ac
Jeremy Hunt is right when he says that too many young people are being let down by the NHS (Hunt says mental health services for young are biggest NHS failing, 21 October). As a school counsellor in secondary schools for 14 years I have seen a steady dec
I’d never been squeamish about talking about bodily functions. At university, I was a peer contraceptive counselor (meaning I handed out condoms on the quad and happily explained the inner workings of our reproductive systems to fellow students) and I’ve
Imagine going to a doctor with a broken foot, say, or a bad back, or in a worst-case scenario, cancer, and being told that doing nothing would be the best course of action? Naught, zero, forget about it, go home – it hardly sounds like heartening advice.
How political are your pubes? It’s not a question most of us spend much time worrying about, yet when you’re a woman, how you choose to cultivate your lady garden sprouts up as a topic with tedious regularity. In its latest incarnation, the arbiters at T
In 2014, there was a protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice. The protesters were colourful: with flowery dresses, a bee costume and balloons. They had clever signs such as: “Give Peas a Chance” and “Don’t Lose the Plot”. The protest was described as
Vasectomies are much less popular than they used to be, “down 64% in the past 10 years”. What a pity. It would be such a relief for women not to have all the bother, fiddling about and responsibility. But apparently “worrying myths” about pain and the en
At the end of a 20km red dirt track winding through a rainforest in eastern Paraguay, lies a secondary school for girls providing a source of hope in a country that has a notorious reputation when it comes to women’s rights. “Machismo is very strong here
I’ve always had a nagging feeling that there must be a better way to do things and that we could do more for patients. It started almost immediately as I began my career as a student paramedic. I tried to suppress it; it wasn’t really the done thing. Eve
Prices are per person and do not include flights unless stated Eternal India Contiki specialises in holidays for 18 to 35-year-olds and is a popular choice for solo travellers: last year 60% of its guests travelled solo and that figure is set to rise thi
Actions speak louder than words is perhaps the maxim that governments should live by; that governments should have as their desktop screensavers or written on Post-its on ministerial fridges. It came to mind when Theresa May made her Milibandesque inaugu
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