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Pollution linked to one in six deaths

Pollution linked to one in six deaths

Image copyright Getty Images Pollution has been linked to nine million deaths worldwide in 2015, a report in The Lancet has found. Almost all of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries, where pollution could account for up to a quarter of deaths. Bangladesh and Somalia were the worst affected. Air pollution had the […]

Ulster Hospital discrimination case over food allergies

Ulster Hospital discrimination case over food allergies

Image copyright Equality Commission Image caption Three-year-old Meabh O’Donnell and her seven-year-old sister, Aoibhe, both suffer from life-threatening food allergies A mother whose daughters have “life-threatening” food allergies took a discrimination case against a hospital after one had an allergic reaction. Maire-Iosa McVicker took her case after her children were twice exposed to food in […]

Tougher measures for 999 staff attacks backed

Tougher measures for 999 staff attacks backed

Media captionChris Bryant: “It’s amazing those staff still go the extra mile for the British public” A Welsh MP’s bill calling for tougher punishments for attacks on emergency workers has taken a step closer to becoming law. Chris Bryant wants to double the maximum sentence for common assault against them from six months to a […]

Call for more Irlen Syndrome specialists in schools

Call for more Irlen Syndrome specialists in schools

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Irlen Syndrome awareness week runs until Friday Calls have been made for more visual specialists in schools across Wales, to ensure children with Irlen Syndrome receive a diagnosis. Irlen UK said children are “being turned off education” because they are not aware they have the condition. It affects the […]

‘Handful of changes’ make cancer

‘Handful of changes’ make cancer

Image copyright SPL British scientists have worked out how many changes it takes to transform a healthy cell into a cancer. The team, at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, showed the answer was a tiny handful, between one and 10 mutations depending on the type of tumour. It has been one of the most hotly […]

‘Steep rise’ in self-harm among teenage girls

‘Steep rise’ in self-harm among teenage girls

Image copyright Getty Images There has been a steep rise in reports of self-harm among girls aged 13 to 16, according to a study of data from GP practices across the UK. The BMJ study, which looked at figures from 2011-2014, said GPs could be getting better at picking up self-harm. But it was likely […]

Novelty contact lenses ‘can cause sight loss’

Novelty contact lenses ‘can cause sight loss’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption They may make you look creepy, but there are risks, experts say Eye experts are warning of the risks of wearing novelty contact lenses at Halloween, saying they can cause nasty infections and scratches to the eyes. Cosmetic contact lenses are often sold in joke and fancy-dress shops and […]

No applicants for GP job at locum-run Pembrokeshire surgery

No applicants for GP job at locum-run Pembrokeshire surgery

Image copyright Getty Images Not a single person has applied for a job vacancy to work as a GP in a Pembrokeshire surgery in the last nine months, a report states. Goodwick Surgery in Pembrokeshire has no permanent doctors and is being run fully on locum cover by Hywel Dda health board. Despite an advert […]

Hundreds of families block organ donation

Hundreds of families block organ donation

Media captionRachel wants to be an organ donor Organs from 505 registered donors could not be made available for transplant in the last five years because of objections from relatives. BBC 5 live found that almost a third of families blocked organ donation because they felt the process took “too long”. The law states that […]

Check NHS cancer, A&E and operations targets in your area

The NHS is under unprecedented pressure. Rising numbers of patients need hospital care – whether in an accident and emergency department, for cancer treatment or for planned operations and care, such as knee and hip replacements. For each there are strict targets local services are expected to meet across the UK. But what are the […]

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