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Teenager dies after catching flu virus

Teenager dies after catching flu virus

Image copyright Bethany Walker Image caption Bethany Walker contracted the flu virus which developed into pneumonia An 18-year-old woman has died in hospital after catching the flu virus. Bethany Walker, from Applecross in Wester Ross, had been suffering from the virus at home before it developed into pneumonia. She was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in […]

Flu cases: Surge in hospital admissions

Flu cases: Surge in hospital admissions

Image copyright Getty Images Hospitals in England are now seeing very high rates of patients with flu, according to Public Health England figures. A sharp rise in cases seen by GPs in the past week – up 78% on the week before – suggests it could be the worst flu season for seven years. But […]

CES 2018: Willow and Freemie breast pumps offer mums freedom

CES 2018: Willow and Freemie breast pumps offer mums freedom

Image copyright Willow Image caption Willow’s breast pumps are designed to be worn unobtrusively Two firms have launched portable pumps to help breastfeeding mums collect their milk on the move. Women who use breast pumps often apply them several times a day and for periods of about 20 minutes or more. However, generally they have […]

Car share: Driving away depression

Jarlath McCreanor has had depression for 30 years. He was tired of people talking about the illness in whispers. So he took his little car, made it bright yellow and now drives it around Northern Ireland to get people to open up. At Like Minds we’ve been asking why it can feel difficult to talk […]

Why do the majority of NHS staff not get the flu vaccine?

Why do the majority of NHS staff not get the flu vaccine?

Image copyright PA Image caption Less than half of NHS staff take up the flu jab offer All NHS staff in Scotland are offered a flu vaccination but less than half have had it. Why? The number of people going to see the doctor with influenza-like illness is higher than any year since 2010-11 but […]

We’ve run out of beds, warn hospital bosses

We’ve run out of beds, warn hospital bosses

Image copyright Getty Images Hospitals have run out of beds and can no longer cope, bosses are warning. Reports have emerged since Christmas of patients being left for hours on trolleys in corridors and stuck in ambulances as A&E teams struggle. Chris Hopson, of NHS Providers, said hospitals were now unsafe and over-crowded and the […]

Pharma giant Pfizer pulls out of research into Alzheimer’s

Pharma giant Pfizer pulls out of research into Alzheimer’s

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Pfizer’s decision will affect research into drugs for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease Drug company Pfizer has announced it is pulling out of research into drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The US-based pharmaceutical giant said it would be ending its neuroscience discovery programmes following a review, and 300 jobs […]

Once-a-week pill for HIV shows promise in animals

Once-a-week pill for HIV shows promise in animals

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The once-a-week pill would look much like any other regular drug capsule Human trials of a once-a-week oral pill for HIV could start, after successful tests in pigs, claim US scientists. The slow-release tablet could free patients from having to take daily medication, they say. It looks like a […]

Scottish A&E waits at highest level in final week of 2017

Scottish A&E waits at highest level in final week of 2017

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people waiting more than four hours in Scotland’s accident and emergency units reached record high levels in the last week of the year. The latest weekly figures show that just 78% of patients across Scotland were seen within the target time. This was well below the Scottish government’s […]

Basildon, Southend and Broomfield hospitals discuss merger plans

Basildon, Southend and Broomfield hospitals discuss merger plans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Basildon, Southend and Broomfield Hospitals could become one single trust Three hospital trusts are to discuss merger proposals that would create one of the largest NHS trusts. The boards of Basildon, Southend and Broomfield hospitals in Essex will meet on Wednesday to approve the formal start of the process. […]