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Antibiotics, not surgery, could treat appendicitis in children, study suggests

Antibiotics, not surgery, could treat appendicitis in children, study suggests

Antibiotics could be an effective alternative to surgery for treating children with appendicitis, research suggests. According to the NHS, appendicitis affects an estimated one in 13 people at some point in their life, with appendix removal the most comm

Friday, 05:53 in Health
 
Alarming number of cancer medics suffering burnout and stress

Alarming number of cancer medics suffering burnout and stress

Alarming numbers of cancer doctors experience high levels of burnout, stress, sleep problems and depression, with some resorting to alcohol or sedatives to cope, research suggests. Meta-analysis of 43 existing studies, published on Friday in Psycho-Oncol

Friday, 02:24 in Health
 
House vote paves the way for states to defund Planned Parenthood

House vote paves the way for states to defund Planned Parenthood

The House on Thursday approved a resolution that would permit states to withhold federal family-planning funds from affiliates of Planned Parenthood and other healthcare providers that offer abortions. Abortion foes immediately hailed the measure, which

Thursday, 22:18 in Health
 
Portable brain-scanning helmet could be future for rapid brain injury assessments

Portable brain-scanning helmet could be future for rapid brain injury assessments

A transportable brain-scanning helmet that could be used for rapid brain injury assessments of stroke victims and those felled on the sports pitch or battlefield is being tested by US scientists. The wearable device, known as the PET helmet, is a miniatu

Thursday, 19:00 in Health
 
Leaflet says Tory win in Copeland will 'cost mums their children'

Leaflet says Tory win in Copeland will 'cost mums their children'

A graphic Labour pamphlet warns voters in Copeland that a Tory victory in the by-election will “cost mums their children” in an open letter aimed at highlighting the risks of NHS cuts in the constituency. The handwritten letter in support of Labour candi

Thursday, 18:55 in Health
 
Unhappily married? You’re not alone

Unhappily married? You’re not alone

The marriage between Tini Owens and her multimillionaire mushroom farmer husband, Hugh, doesn’t sound like one that most of us would relish. She tried to divorce him last year, but was told by a judge that she couldn’t, because they hadn’t lived apart fo

Thursday, 18:18 in Health
 
Seeing Brian overcome his stammer filled me with professional pride

Seeing Brian overcome his stammer filled me with professional pride

The first thing I noticed was his mum: the concerned way she looked at him as they entered my room and took their seats, the way she shifted uncomfortably when I, a speech and language therapist, asked Brian* if he knew why he was here, the way her shoul

Thursday, 12:01 in Health
 
Britons spending more on food and leisure than booze, smoking and drugs

Britons spending more on food and leisure than booze, smoking and drugs

Britons are spending less on cigarettes, drugs and alcohol and more on eating out and hotels, according to the latest official snapshot of family spending. Weekly spending on booze, fags and narcotics fell below £12 for the first time since the survey be

Thursday, 11:11 in Health
 
Where the wind blows: how China's dirty air becomes Hong Kong's problem

Where the wind blows: how China's dirty air becomes Hong Kong's problem

At the age of three, Margaux Giraudon developed something akin to a smoker’s cough. Thereafter, she became all too familiar with the inside of her doctor’s office in Hong Kong. For years, her father Nicolas Giraudon was told the same thing by doctors: “Y

Thursday, 08:04 in Health
 
Millions of premature births could be linked to air pollution, study finds

Millions of premature births could be linked to air pollution, study finds

Air pollution could be a contributing factor in millions of premature births around the world each year, a new report has found. Nearly 15 million babies are born annually before reaching 37 weeks gestation. Premature birth is the leading cause of death

Thursday, 07:21 in Health
 
English social care system for elderly facing 'complete collapse'

English social care system for elderly facing 'complete collapse'

Social care in England is at risk of imminent collapse in the worst affected areas unless urgent steps are taken to address the crisis engulfing the sector, Age UK has warned. The charity’s latest report on the healthcare of older people calls for a cash

Thursday, 00:03 in Health
 
Adding vitamin D to food reduces deaths, say scientists

Adding vitamin D to food reduces deaths, say scientists

Adding vitamin D to food would reduce deaths and significantly cut NHS costs, say the authors of a major global study that shows it can reduce the risk of colds, flu and other dangerous infections such as pneumonia. A government advisory committee on nut

Thursday, 00:00 in Health
 
MPs and peers launch manifesto in support of children of alcoholic parents

MPs and peers launch manifesto in support of children of alcoholic parents

A third Labour MP has spoken of the “secrecy, shame and fear” of living with an alcoholic parent as she urged more government action to help the children of addicts. Caroline Flint, a former Labour minister, spoke of her “beautiful and kind” mother Wendy

Wednesday, 20:04 in Health
 
Government urged to stop property tax hikes for 1,249 NHS hospitals

Government urged to stop property tax hikes for 1,249 NHS hospitals

The government is under growing pressure to stop a sharp increase in business rates for hospitals that threatens to increase the strain on the NHS. Changes to the business rates system mean that the 1,249 NHS hospitals liable for the property tax will se

Wednesday, 18:53 in Health
 
How I feel about my decision to get cosmetic surgery – 10 years on

How I feel about my decision to get cosmetic surgery – 10 years on

Have you had cosmetic surgery and regretted it? It’s a question we posed to our readers after new data showed that the number of people choosing to go under the knife in Britain is the lowest in nearly a decade. Here is a selection of your responses: Ann

Wednesday, 14:37 in Health
 
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