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Sale of acids to under-18s to be banned, Amber Rudd says

The government will ban the sale of acids to anyone under the age of 18, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said. Her pledge, made at the Conservative Party conference, comes after assaults using corrosive substances more than doubled in England since 2012. She also said she would “drastically limit” sales ...

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NHS: Jeremy Hunt wants 5,000 new nursing training places

More than 5,000 new places on nursing training courses are to be created each year as part of government efforts to boost the NHS workforce in England. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said more current NHS staff would be able to retrain as nurses through a four-year apprenticeship at local hospitals. ...

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Calls for Amazon to ban 'anorexia hoodie'

Amazon has been described as “irresponsible” for selling a hoodie that describes anorexia as “like bulimia, except with self control”. One woman living with anorexia said it could make those with bulimia feel like they were “not ill enough”. Anorexia expert Dr Susie Orbach told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme ...

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Fewer Scots eating 5-a-day, says survey

The average daily amount of fruit and vegetables eaten by Scottish adults has fallen, according to the latest Scottish Health Survey. The Scottish government figures suggest most adults manage an average of three portion per day. This is down from 3.3 in 2015 and well below the five portions per ...

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'I was forced from my job for giving birth'

The scale of maternity discrimination is being hidden because of the use of gagging orders when women who have lost their jobs settle out of court, experts have told the Victoria Derbyshire programme. “My boss said if I’m not going back to work, then I’d have to pay back all ...

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Flu vaccine: NHS patients wanted to test 'universal' jab

Researchers are seeking about 500 NHS patients to try out a new “universal” vaccine against seasonal flu. The experimental vaccine works differently from the one currently available, which has to be remade each year based on a “best guess” of what type of flu is likely to be about. The ...

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Online betting: More addicts struggling with mobile sites

The number of gambling addicts struggling with betting on mobile phones and tablets has risen, figures show. The National Problem Gambling Clinic (NPGC) said while 24% of its patients struggled with mobile gambling in 2012-13, this rose to 63% in 2016-17. Software companies are working on apps to block gambling ...

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Warrington and Halton NHS Trust: Spinal surgery suspended

All spinal surgery has been suspended at an NHS trust after four serious “incidents” in which two people died. Warrington and Halton NHS Trust said it had taken the precautionary measure after the operations at Warrington Hospital between March and August. An investigation is due to take place, but the ...

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Flu vaccine in Wales extended to Year 4 pupils

A free flu vaccination programme in schools is being extended to include children in Year 4. The annual campaign in Wales covers children aged from two up to nine, pregnant women, over-65s and those with certain medical conditions. Children in nursery, reception and Year 1 to 4 can all now ...

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Bags for life can pose food poisoning risk, says Food Standards Agency

Bags for life pose a food poisoning risk if they are used to carry raw foods such as meat and fish, a consumer watchdog is warning. The Food Standards Agency says even if there is no leakage, packaging can harbour traces of harmful bacteria that can cause stomach bugs. Shoppers ...

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