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Why to be wary of eating ‘pink’ lamb

Why to be wary of eating ‘pink’ lamb

Image copyright Getty Images Salmonella food poisoning is normally something that people associate with undercooked chicken or eggs. But The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is reminding the public that eating some types of “pink” lamb or mutton can also pose a risk. Since June, 165 people in England have become ill with Salmonella typhimurium bacteria […]

Depressed? The places not to live if you need help

Depressed? The places not to live if you need help

Image copyright Getty Images A flagship NHS mental health service is failing patients in one in seven areas of England, research by the BBC shows. People with conditions like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are entitled to psychological therapies, such as counselling. The NHS is meant to successfully treat half of the people it […]

Flu vaccine delays for NI over-65s

Flu vaccine delays for NI over-65s

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The flu vaccine for some people older than 65 will be delayed until the end of next month There will be delays with the supply of a new flu jab for over-65s this year, the chief medical officer has said. Dr Michael McBride said that “manufacturing constraints” would […]

End of life care: How to talk about dying to someone who is dying

Image copyright Becky Bevers Image caption Becky Bevers’ first question to doctors was: “Am I going to die?” When Becky Bevers tells people about her incurable breast cancer, she is met with all sorts of reactions. Some people are awkward, even crossing the street to avoid talking to her, while others are just stuck for […]

Children with problems or problem children?

Children with problems or problem children?

Image caption Anxiety is a warning of perceived danger There’s nothing pleasant about being on the end of a child’s angry or aggressive outburst – whether you’re a parent or a teacher. And if that outburst happens in a classroom rather than the sitting room, the consequences for the child can be much more serious. […]

EpiPen shortage: Chemists told to quiz parents on children’s need

EpiPen shortage: Chemists told to quiz parents on children’s need

Image copyright Getty Images Chemists have been told by NHS England to check whether young children are in urgent need of adrenaline pens before dispensing the devices. Pharmacists must ask parents and carers how many auto-adrenaline injectors they have before deciding how many to give. Only children who have no pens – including expired but […]

Contaminated blood victims ‘on the breadline’

Contaminated blood victims ‘on the breadline’

Image copyright SPL People affected by the contaminated blood scandal “lost everything” and “had to live on the breadline” as they struggled financially, the chairman of the public inquiry says. In a letter to the Cabinet Office, Sir Brian Langstaff said “decisive action” was needed over the support available. There is a variety of schemes […]

‘Miracle’ baby whose heart stopped for 22 minutes turns one

‘Miracle’ baby whose heart stopped for 22 minutes turns one

Image copyright St George’s Hospital Image caption Lacey spent four months in hospital after emergency surgery at five days old A premature baby whose heart stopped beating for 22 minutes has been called a “miracle” by doctors who treated her, as she celebrates her first birthday. Lacey Sherriff, who was born at 27 weeks weighing […]

Self-lubricating condom designed to reduce infections

Self-lubricating condom designed to reduce infections

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have found a way to make self-lubricating latex condoms that become slippery on contact. It is thanks to a special, durable coating that should last throughout intercourse, says the team, backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They hope it will make condoms more appealing to use […]

Women told they aren’t thin enough for eating disorder treatment, MPs told

Women told they aren’t thin enough for eating disorder treatment, MPs told

Media captionAn MP tells one woman’s story during a debate on getting more help for those suffering from eating disorders Patients who fear they have eating disorders are being told by GPs they aren’t “thin enough for treatment”, according to a woman who was denied help. The woman’s MP, Wera Hobhouse, highlighted her story during […]

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