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Vulnerable told to expect cuts to council care

Vulnerable told to expect cuts to council care

Image copyright Getty Images The elderly and disabled in England are being told to expect cuts to care services and rises in charges after council chiefs unveiled spending plans. The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services said £20.8bn was expected to be spent on care this year, a cash rise of 5% since last […]

Painless flu jab patch for people scared of injections

Painless flu jab patch for people scared of injections

Image copyright Georgia Tech Image caption The patch is a few centimeters in diameter and has tiny, hair-like needles in the centre A ‘painless’ sticking plaster flu jab that delivers vaccine into the skin has passed important safety tests in the first trial in people. The patch has a hundred tiny hair-like microneedles on its […]

Italian father in passionate vaccines plea to Veneto governor

Italian father in passionate vaccines plea to Veneto governor

Image copyright EPA Image caption Parents demanding “freedom of choice” when it comes to immunisation have become an increasingly vocal force in Italy An Italian father has written a heartfelt letter to a regional governor, urging him not to challenge a new law making vaccination compulsory. Nicola Pomaro’s young daughter suffers from severe auto-immune deficiency. […]

Charlie Gard parents lose European court appeal

Charlie Gard parents lose European court appeal

Image copyright PA Image caption Charlie Gard has been in intensive care since October last year Judges at the European Court of Human Rights have rejected a plea from the parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard to intervene in his case. Chris Gard and Connie Yates lost their final legal bid to take their son […]

Abortion should not be crime, says doctors’ union

Abortion should not be crime, says doctors’ union

Image copyright SGO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Doctors have backed decriminalising abortion, as momentum gathers to overhaul the 1967 Abortion Act. Currently women in England and Wales have to prove to a doctor that carrying on with the pregnancy is detrimental to health or wellbeing to get permission for a termination. Without permission, abortion is a criminal […]

Tick saliva ‘gold mine’ blocks killer heart condition

Tick saliva ‘gold mine’ blocks killer heart condition

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ticks are masters at feeding without causing any pain or inflammation The saliva from ticks could be used to treat a dangerous kind of heart disease that can cause sudden death in young people, scientists say. Proteins in the saliva were found to be excellent at stopping inflammation of […]

Middle-aged workers ‘spend more time sitting than pensioners’

Middle-aged workers ‘spend more time sitting than pensioners’

Image copyright Getty Images Most middle-aged office workers now spend more time sitting down than pensioners, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh found 45 to 54-year-old Scots spend on average 7.8 hours per weekday sitting down. That compares to 7.4 hours of sedentary time for the over-75s. Sedentary time is […]

NHS hernia mesh repairs ‘leaving patients in chronic pain’

NHS hernia mesh repairs ‘leaving patients in chronic pain’

Media captionNHS hernia mesh felt like ‘scratching from inside’ NHS England is using mesh to repair hernias which leaves many patients in chronic pain, surgeons have told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. The concerns come after it emerged that more than 800 women are taking legal action against the NHS over the use of vaginal […]

UK’s first heart pump targets 2018 clinical trial

UK’s first heart pump targets 2018 clinical trial

Image caption Researchers have suggested heart pumps could help solve the shortage of heart donors 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 […]

‘Asthma is a killer – it took away my miracle daughter’

‘Asthma is a killer – it took away my miracle daughter’

Image copyright Mr and Mrs Dennis Image caption Olivia Dennis was 10 when she died from an asthma attack 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 […]

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