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HIV home-testing kits warning

People should not use the Hightop HIV/Aids Home Test Kit, the medicines regulator has warned. It has seized 114 of the kits, which could be giving out unreliable results, from two suppliers in the UK. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) advises anyone who has used one in ...

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Green man road crossings 'too fast'

The green man walking sign on pedestrian crossings may be too fast for elderly people to cross the road safely, suggest new draft guidelines for local councils. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence wants to make it easier for people with limited mobility to get out and about. ...

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Inquiry call against health board over killer Kris Wade

Calls have been made for an independent inquiry into the handling of sex assault allegations against a hospital worker who later killed a woman. Nursing assistant Kris Wade admitted murdering neighbour Christine James in a sexually motivated attack in 2016. An internal report found Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board ...

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Ashbrooke Care Home closed over 'serious risk to life'

“Systemic care failings” that posed a “serous risk to life” have led to the closure of a care home in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) took the decision after an unannounced inspection at Ashbrooke Care Home last Wednesday. The home is operated by Runwood Homes. ...

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'Safer' Down's syndrome test to be introduced in Wales

A safer and more accurate test for Down’s syndrome is to be introduced for pregnant mothers in Wales, the Welsh Government has announced. Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) will be offered from 2018. The decision by the Welsh Government follows moves in England to do the same. Public Health Minister Rebecca ...

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Matt Dawson's life changed by a tick bite

Media playback is unsupported on your device When former England rugby player Matt Dawson was bitten by a tick in a London park early last year, it caused a bacterial infection to spread through his body. “I had two days where I felt awful. Very feverish, on the sofa, crashed ...

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NHS call for equality over private hospitals' tax break

NHS trusts are calling for equal treatment on business rates after research revealed private hospitals get discounts worth £52m over five years. A study suggests more than one in four private hospitals are charities, giving them an 80% rebate in business rates. But NHS trusts all have to pay in ...

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Solar eclipse 2017: What you need to know

Media playback is unsupported on your device On 21 August, more than seven million people across the US are expected to witness the first total solar eclipse to cross the North American continent from ocean to ocean since 1918. Due in part to some cosmic geometry, the Moon will momentarily ...

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Stephen Hawking: I'm worried about the future of the NHS

Stephen Hawking says he is worried about the future of the NHS, attacking the impact of government policies and the health secretary in person. In a speech on Saturday, the Cambridge University scientist is expected to accuse Jeremy Hunt of “cherry-picking” evidence to support his policies. And he will also ...

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Calories in popular foods must be cut, say health officials

Targets are to be set to reduce calories in pizzas, burgers and ready meals as part of the government’s drive to tackle child obesity in England. Health officials believe the move is needed as people are consuming 200 to 300 calories too many each day. It could see the size ...

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