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Delhi's deadly dust: how construction sites are choking the city

Delhi's deadly dust: how construction sites are choking the city

Far out on Delhi’s southern and eastern fringes the rows of high-rises suddenly turn skeletal. The population of the Indian capital, already the second largest in the world, is forecast to grow by 9 million in the next 15 years; and despite a recent lull

15 February 2017 in Health
 
The hospitals that won’t trap you in a bed when you’re fit to leave

The hospitals that won’t trap you in a bed when you’re fit to leave

Lilian Hemsley, 86, was admitted to Queen’s Medical Centre on the outskirts of Nottingham on 30 December following a fall. Seven days later she was able to return home to Chilwell, south Nottinghamshire with a package of help in place. “The social worker

15 February 2017 in Health
 
Charities' vital role in supporting children's mental health

Charities' vital role in supporting children's mental health

Public and political understanding of young people’s mental health is growing; the prime minister herself emphasised recently that mental illness too often starts in childhood and that, “when left untreated, can blight lives”. Theresa May’s plans to offe

15 February 2017 in Health
 
Footballers could be at risk of dementia from blows to the head, study suggests

Footballers could be at risk of dementia from blows to the head, study suggests

Years of heading balls and colliding with other players could be damaging footballers’ brains and putting players at risk of developing dementia, scientists have suggested. The claim comes from the researchers behind a small study which examined the brai

15 February 2017 in Health
 
Weight gain over adult life linked to greater digestive cancer risk, says study

Weight gain over adult life linked to greater digestive cancer risk, says study

People who are overweight in their 20s and then become obese later in life may be three times more likely to develop oesophageal or stomach cancer, according to new research. The research from the United States, published in the British Journal of Cancer

15 February 2017 in Health
 
Inadequate sex education creating 'health time bomb'

Inadequate sex education creating 'health time bomb'

Inadequate sex and relationships education (SRE) in schools is creating “a ticking sexual health time bomb”, councils are warning, amid concern over high numbers of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among young people. The Local Government Associati

15 February 2017 in Health
 
TV ad showing Santa with dementia 'not too upsetting for children'

TV ad showing Santa with dementia 'not too upsetting for children'

A TV campaign that shows Santa forgetting Christmas after developing dementia has been cleared by the ad watchdog following complaints it was offensive and could distress children. The festive campaign, called Santa Forgot, was run by the charity Alzheim

15 February 2017 in Health
 
Tens of thousands of new mothers can't reach a midwife, study finds

Tens of thousands of new mothers can't reach a midwife, study finds

Tens of thousands of new mothers a year are seeking help at an A&E unit or GP surgery because they cannot reach a midwife to ask them for advice, a new study has found. Mothers worried about a problem with their own or their baby’s health are...

14 February 2017 in Health
 
Is Brexit really to blame for the decline in plastic surgery?

Is Brexit really to blame for the decline in plastic surgery?

Almost exactly a year ago I visited a Harley Street address, notebook in hand, to interview a plastic surgeon, a number of his staff and a few of his satisfied clients. The story was simple: business was good. The place was high-ceilinged and expensively

14 February 2017 in Health
 
A&E in England registers record delays: readers share their experiences

A&E in England registers record delays: readers share their experiences

A&E patients in England endured a record-breaking month of delays in January, with more than 60,000 people waiting between four and 12 hours for a hospital bed, and more than 780 waiting over 12 hours. The figures are at the highest level since...

14 February 2017 in Health
 
Social care staff, what is your experience of working with the NHS?

Social care staff, what is your experience of working with the NHS?

Integration between health and social care has long been touted as an answer to the gargantuan problems faced by both sectors. But now a scathing report by the National Audit Office (pdf) has revealed that integration is not working and that barriers pre

14 February 2017 in Health
 
Trump's 'global gag' aid rule endangers millions of women and children, Bill Gates warns

Trump's 'global gag' aid rule endangers millions of women and children, Bill Gates warns

The “global gag rule” imposed by Donald Trump, blocking US funds to any organisation involved in abortion advice and care overseas, could impact millions of women and girls, endangering their lives and those of their babies, Bill and Melinda Gates have w

14 February 2017 in Health
 
Father of meningitis death girl accuses government of complacency

Father of meningitis death girl accuses government of complacency

A man whose daughter’s death from meningitis sparked a nationwide petition for more children to be vaccinated against it has accused the government of complacency. On the first anniversary of Faye Burdett’s death, her father, Neil said the government has

14 February 2017 in Health
 
‘I love the NHS. Without it, I wouldn’t be here’

‘I love the NHS. Without it, I wouldn’t be here’

I attempted suicide. Without the NHS, I wouldn’t be here When I was 20 I attempted suicide. I ended up in A&E where every staff member I came into contact with was patient, kind, and calm, even though the department seemed busier than usual. I was...

14 February 2017 in Health
 
65% of British public support new Clean Air Act, says survey

65% of British public support new Clean Air Act, says survey

More than half of the British public believe air pollution levels across the UK are damaging to their health and almost two-thirds back proposals for new laws to tackle the issue, according to research. Canvassing the views of 1,670 adults, the survey fo

14 February 2017 in Health
 
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