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Woman died after three hospitals refused to admit her for surgery

Woman died after three hospitals refused to admit her for surgery

A woman died from a brain haemorrhage after at least three hospitals refused to admit her for surgery because they had no intensive care beds. In a case that brings the deepening NHS bed crisis into sharp relief, a coroner said it was likely that 57-year

15 February 2017 in Health
 
The NHS needs a rethink. Its priorities no longer make sense

The NHS needs a rethink. Its priorities no longer make sense

Theresa May is busy enacting the “will of the people”, seemingly unaware that she’s not actually in her own elevated position due to the “will of the people” at all. And the nation is looking on, mesmerised. We may look back on this period in British pol

15 February 2017 in Health
 
'Creativity improves wellbeing': art transforms mental health ward

'Creativity improves wellbeing': art transforms mental health ward

When most people think of a secure mental health unit, they don’t tend to picture it decorated with artwork by award-winning artists and patients. A psychiatric ward housing patients with schizophrenia in Springfield University hospital in Tooting, Londo

15 February 2017 in Health
 
Soon we'll be able to spot diseases like cancer before we even feel sick

Soon we'll be able to spot diseases like cancer before we even feel sick

The sooner a disease is diagnosed, the more likely it is to be well managed or cured. The challenge to finding a disease early is that most of us don’t seek treatment until we have symptoms, which means the disease has already progressed. But breakthroug

15 February 2017 in Health
 
My generation fought for equality and security. But that spirit seems lost now

My generation fought for equality and security. But that spirit seems lost now

There are alive today members of the generation born within a few years of the ceasefire on the western front. The British culture that emerged in those interwar years evolved from the economic and social struggles which were the legacy of the first worl

15 February 2017 in Health
 
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
 
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