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New weapon in the global fight against fake malaria drugs: a cheap scanner

New weapon in the global fight against fake malaria drugs: a cheap scanner

A new device that uses similar infrared light to TV remotes can accurately detect fake antimalarial drugs, according to a scientific paper published Monday. The researchers revealed how they were able to use an optical scanner purchased online for $250 t

Monday, 17:07 in Health
 
NHS trusts post 'unsustainable' £886m third-quarter deficit

NHS trusts post 'unsustainable' £886m third-quarter deficit

NHS trusts in England posted a deficit of £886m at the end of the third quarter, £300m more than the target for the end of this financial year. NHS Improvement, which published the figures on Monday, is predicting a year-end deficit of between £750m and

Monday, 13:40 in Health
 
Roe v Wade: plaintiff's death highlights weakening of abortion rights in US

Roe v Wade: plaintiff's death highlights weakening of abortion rights in US

In 1998, Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” in the Roe v Wade supreme court decision, testified before a group of senators about the case fought in her name 25 years earlier. “I am dedicated,” she said, “to spending the rest of my life undoing the law that b

Monday, 13:07 in Health
 
NHS admin staff keep services running - but we're being hit by cuts

NHS admin staff keep services running - but we're being hit by cuts

Secretaries, waiting list and medical records clerks, clinical audit facilitators, business analysts and IT technicians and other support staff pull together to keep essential lifesaving NHS services running smoothly. To a staff nurse, the help of a ward

Monday, 12:01 in Health
 
Boys as well as girls should be told about the evils of FGM

Boys as well as girls should be told about the evils of FGM

Lynne Featherstone, the Liberal Democrat parliamentarian who was once a home office minister, and Justine Greening, the education secretary, have written to Theresa May asking that she will allow girls’ schools to teach pupils what a bad idea female geni

Monday, 11:03 in Health
 
NHS at breaking point, according to British Medical Association

NHS at breaking point, according to British Medical Association

The NHS is at “breaking point” with a decline in the number of hospital beds leading to delays and cancelled operations, the British Medical Association (BMA) has warned. Charities call for NHS to stop rationing critical care Read more Analysis by the BM

Monday, 06:28 in Health
 
Charity calls on Jeremy Hunt to intervene over blood cancer treatment

Charity calls on Jeremy Hunt to intervene over blood cancer treatment

A charity has urged the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to press the NHS to fund potentially life-saving treatment for blood cancer patients who it claims have been abandoned. The blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan said the health service should fund seco

20 February 2017 in Health
 
Norma McCorvey obituary

Norma McCorvey obituary

Jane Roe, the anonymous plaintiff in the Roe v Wade case by which the US supreme court legalised abortion, became an icon for feminism. But the real Jane Roe, Norma McCorvey, who has died aged 69 of heart failure, was an unlikely heroine, unwilling to ta

19 February 2017 in Health
 
Doctors condemn delay in brain-damaged man's move to care home

Doctors condemn delay in brain-damaged man's move to care home

Doctors and health experts have condemned the “shocking” delays in moving a brain-damaged man to his new care home as further evidence of serious bed shortages in intensive care. Malcolm Steward, 63, has spent months more than 100 miles from his wife. He

19 February 2017 in Health
 
How your MRI scan benefits science

How your MRI scan benefits science

Sir Peter Mansfield, who died on 8 February, won the Nobel Prize in 2003 for pioneering magnetic resonance imaging. MRI, and the detailed images it produces, has been a huge benefit for the study of the brain. Its greatest innovation is allowing us to se

19 February 2017 in Health
 
Compulsive behaviour? It may make more sense than you think

Compulsive behaviour? It may make more sense than you think

There are endless motivations for human behaviour, from the basic drives for food and sex to more complicated ones, such as compassion, envy and anger. But none of these explain behaviours that we feel irresistibly, often inexplicably, driven to engage i

19 February 2017 in Health
 
NHS royal commission should assess long-term future, says Lord Saatchi

NHS royal commission should assess long-term future, says Lord Saatchi

A royal commission should be set up to examine the long-term future of the National Health Service, a senior Tory peer has said. Former Conservative chairman Lord Saatchi said a commission could take the issue out of politics and “detoxify” any changes t

19 February 2017 in Health
 
Smokers trying to quit hit by postcode lottery as GPs ration help

Smokers trying to quit hit by postcode lottery as GPs ration help

Smokers in England wanting to quit face a postcode lottery as cash-strapped councils and GPs restrict access to services that can help them. The revelation has alarmed health experts and charities who claim that lives are being put at risk as a result of

19 February 2017 in Health
 
Norma McCorvey, 'Roe' in Roe v Wade case legalizing abortion, dies aged 69

Norma McCorvey, 'Roe' in Roe v Wade case legalizing abortion, dies aged 69

Norma McCorvey, who was just 22 years old when she became better known as Jane Roe in the landmark 1973 supreme court case Roe v Wade, has died aged 69 in her home state of Texas. Her death was confirmed by journalist Joshua Prager, who was working on a

18 February 2017 in Health
 
The return of the MMR charlatan fits with our times

The return of the MMR charlatan fits with our times

If you are unlucky, and all of us are unlucky in the end, you will visit a doctor in the confident expectation that they can fix any illness as a mechanic fixes a car and learn of the vast areas of ignorance on the map of medical science. If you are very

18 February 2017 in Health
 
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