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BMA chief: NHS is 'running on fumes'

The NHS in England is “running on fumes”, the leader of the British Medical Association is warning. Dr Mark Porter hit out at the government at the start of the union’s annual conference. He accused ministers of putting patients at risk and “picking the pockets” of NHS staff because of ...

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UK's first heart pump targets 2018 clinical trial

The UK’s first artificial heart pump has moved a step closer to being used on patients, scientists have said. It has been developed at Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science 2 by Calon Cardio, and clinical trials are due to begin in late 2018 with the aim of a full ...

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'Asthma is a killer – it took away my miracle daughter'

Lisa Dennis is looking at photos of her daughter Olivia – a blonde girl with a radiant smile. These are special moments, frozen in time. Olivia died four years ago, aged 10, after having an asthma attack. Her parents did not even know their gymnastics-loving daughter had the condition. But ...

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Danger map reveals home of next killer

South and Latin America is a hotbed of potential viruses that could be the next major threat to the world’s health, according to “danger maps”. The EcoHealth Alliance in New York looked at mammals, the viruses they harbour and how they come into contact with people. It revealed bats carry ...

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Ebola virus burial teams 'saved thousands of lives'

They were ordinary people doing an extraordinary job in extremely dangerous times. Now new research suggests Red Cross volunteers who helped bury most of the bodies of Ebola victims in West Africa could have prevented more than 10,000 cases of the deadly disease. More than 28,000 people were infected with ...

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'Remarkable' drop in new HIV cases among men

For the first time, new diagnoses of HIV have fallen among men who have sex with men in England, according to data from Public Health England. They have decreased from 2,060 in 2014-15 to 1,700 in 2015-16, while in London there was an even steeper drop. PHE said increased testing, ...

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Measuring muscle gap 'helps players back on their feet'

A new way of measuring the severity of muscle injuries could help footballers return to action more quickly, research suggests. Spanish scientists said passing a current through the affected muscles gave a clearer picture of soft tissue damage than ultrasound or MRI scans. This could give clubs a better idea ...

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First NHS proton beam machine arrives at Christie hospital

The machine that will enable the NHS’s first proton beam therapy (PBT) unit to treat cancer patients will arrive later. Manchester’s Christie hospital will be the first NHS unit to provide the treatment, meaning patients needing PBT will no longer have to go abroad. Up to 750 patients will use ...

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Social media pressure is linked to cosmetic procedure boom

Young people are turning to cosmetic procedures such as botox and dermal fillers as a result of social media pressure, according to a report. A study by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics says government must protect people from an unregulated industry. The report also condemns makeover apps and online plastic ...

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Century-old Parkinson's question answered

Scientists say they have found the first direct evidence that the immune system does attack the brain in Parkinson’s disease. The role of “autoimmunity” was first suggested nearly a century ago, but had not been confirmed. The discovery, in the journal Nature, suggests that drugs to calm the immune system ...

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