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The sad truth about having a baby: ‘cattle’ care is now the norm

The sad truth about having a baby: ‘cattle’ care is now the norm

It’s the most important, meaningful and – for many – anxiety-provoking day of your life. You’re going to experience the rare privilege of being at the centre of the action as a new life begins. Added to this, you may well be naked and somewhat indisposed

Tuesday, 15:12 in Health
 
US abortion rate is lowest since Roe v Wade – but contraception access may go

US abortion rate is lowest since Roe v Wade – but contraception access may go

The rate of abortion in the US reached a lower level in 2014 than in any other year since the procedure first became legal, a study has found, a decline that appears to be due to the widespread use of contraception producing a drop in unintended pregnanc

Tuesday, 13:12 in Health
 
The NHS no longer has the resources to care for our sick population

The NHS no longer has the resources to care for our sick population

Hospitals and GP surgeries have always had a symbiotic relationship and the hospital crisis this winter has had a significant impact on the way that we are able to offer care to patients in the community. In our practice, demand has not changed significa

Tuesday, 12:01 in Health
 
Healthcare without Planned Parenthood: Wisconsin and Texas point to dark future

Healthcare without Planned Parenthood: Wisconsin and Texas point to dark future

In the remote western plains of Texas, the Midland-Odessa region is separated from the nearest major city by hours of open road. So when the Planned Parenthood clinic in Midland closed down in late 2013 – a casualty of legislative cuts that targeted Plan

Tuesday, 11:39 in Health
 
Secret aid worker: Is the NHS really comparable to a humanitarian crisis?

Secret aid worker: Is the NHS really comparable to a humanitarian crisis?

In 2015 I left the UK to provide humanitarian medical care to a refugee camp stuck in the midst of a civil war. The camp’s population quadrupled in the space of four months while I was there and the onset of the rainy season led to a demand for care that

Tuesday, 11:29 in Health
 
Mental health needs good deeds more than good speeches

Mental health needs good deeds more than good speeches

In less than 12 months, two prime ministers have chosen to start their year with major speeches about mental health, committing themselves and their governments to a transformation of the mental health landscape. But as so many of the statistics and pers

Tuesday, 08:33 in Health
 
UK midwife shortage leaves women feeling ‘like cattle’, report finds

UK midwife shortage leaves women feeling ‘like cattle’, report finds

A chronic shortage of midwives across the UK means women in labour are left feeling unsafe and frightened or as if they are being treated “like cattle” or “on a conveyor belt”, a new report has found. In a study of 2,500 women who have given birth since

Tuesday, 00:03 in Health
 
Bird flu found in flock of 6,000 turkeys in Lincolnshire

Bird flu found in flock of 6,000 turkeys in Lincolnshire

Bird flu has been confirmed in a flock of about 6,000 turkeys at a farm in Lincolnshire, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has said. The H5N8 strain of avian flu – the same as that found in a flock of turkeys on a nearby farm

Monday, 22:08 in Health
 
Experiencing Trump image overload

Experiencing Trump image overload

The news section of the Guardian on 14 January contained four pictures of the US president-elect (pages 6, 26, 28 and 41), not to mention the political cartoon rendering on page 29. It seems to me this is helping to create an icon. As I admire and apprec

Monday, 18:48 in Health
 
The Guardian view on shorter working hours: not just for the rich

The Guardian view on shorter working hours: not just for the rich

Philip Hammond threatened in his interview with the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag to turn Britain into a low-tax offshore sweatshop, although he expressed a personal preference for a European model of social organisation. Just how distant his preferen

Monday, 18:41 in Health
 
Jersey monitors threat from toxic sea lettuce fumes

Jersey monitors threat from toxic sea lettuce fumes

Authorities in the Channel Islands are looking at ways to protect residents and visitors from toxic beach gases following the death of a jogger in France that has been linked to the fumes from rotting seaweed. The government of Jersey said on Monday it w

Monday, 17:31 in Health
 
Coroner says hospital's 'failures' led to death of woman after caesarean

Coroner says hospital's 'failures' led to death of woman after caesarean

The death of a young mother just hours after she gave birth to her second son was a result of “failures, inadequate diagnosis and treatment” at the hospital caring for her, a coroner has said. Frances Cappuccini, 30, died at Tunbridge Wells hospital in P

Monday, 13:47 in Health
 
This Khloé Kardashian campaign finally strips ‘empowerment’ of all meaning

This Khloé Kardashian campaign finally strips ‘empowerment’ of all meaning

The first hint that the word “empowerment” had been hijacked by a force with sinister intentions came, for me, back in 2005 during an episode of ITV pop show CD:UK. That dark space. If Dove expects women to cheer up, it hasn’t been paying attention | Har

Monday, 12:51 in Health
 
Private health insurance sales surge amid NHS crisis

Private health insurance sales surge amid NHS crisis

The number of people in Britain taking out private medical insurance has risen significantly for the first time since 2008, amid fears about the ongoing crisis gripping the NHS. After falling steeply between 2008 and 2011 and then staying flat, demand fo

Monday, 09:56 in Health
 

Why shopping on ‘Blue Monday’ is a bad idea for those with mental illness

Waking up today, on so-called Blue Monday, the “most depressing day of the year”, you may already be aware that this concept is based on a fraud. An almost deliciously spurious mathematical formula was dreamed up by a PR agency, given the veneer of acade

Monday, 09:12 in Health
 


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