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'There will be more deaths': NGOs on Trump's anti-abortion rule

'There will be more deaths': NGOs on Trump's anti-abortion rule

Three days after his inauguration, Donald Trump reinstated the “global gag” rule, which prohibits the use of US aid money for abortions, prevents NGOs from using private funds for abortion services, from referring women to groups that provide abortions,

9 February 2017 in Health
 
Nurse gets suspended sentence over fatal blood transfusion mix-up

Nurse gets suspended sentence over fatal blood transfusion mix-up

A nurse whose patient died after she gave him the wrong type of blood has been given a suspended sentence. Lea Ledesma made a series of mistakes that led to Ali Huseyin, 76, being given type AB blood during a transfusion even though he was blood group O.

9 February 2017 in Health
 
Five ways Britain wrecks young people’s mental health – and how to stop it

Five ways Britain wrecks young people’s mental health – and how to stop it

A study from the Varkey Foundation has revealed that young people in the UK suffer from some of the “lowest levels of mental wellbeing in the world” – second only to Japan. This won’t be a shock to anyone familiar with statistics on child and adolescent

9 February 2017 in Health
 
A&E in England sees worst ever delays in January, leak suggests

A&E in England sees worst ever delays in January, leak suggests

A&E patients in England experienced the worst month of delays in January since a four-hour target was introduced 13 years ago, leaked figures suggest. Provisional data passed to the BBC says an unprecedented number of patients spent longer than...

9 February 2017 in Health
 
Drilling into a child's leg left me thinking about empathy in nursing

Drilling into a child's leg left me thinking about empathy in nursing

I take a breath to steady myself. I’m about to drill into a child’s leg. She’s awake. I’m part of a team who are desperate to get intravenous access into a eight-year-old. We need to be able to administer anaesthetic drugs and sedation so that we can put

9 February 2017 in Health
 

The doctor’s dilemma: is it ever good to do harm?

Medical knowledge changes swiftly, and technological changes make new and expensive investigations and treatments possible that were only theoretical a few years ago. Life has been extended in length, but not in quality, and the debates about end‑of‑life

9 February 2017 in Health
 
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