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Smoking may be banned in new council homes, says health expert

Smoking may be banned in new council homes, says health expert

Image copyright Getty Images Smoking could be banned in some new council homes in a bid to protect the health of children, a UK public health expert has said. Under the proposals, tenants would be asked to sign an agreement not to light up inside their home. President of the Faculty of Public Health, Prof […]

Husband slept in same room as wife’s body for six days

Husband slept in same room as wife’s body for six days

Image copyright Paul Clark Image caption Russell Davison was left “heartbroken” after the death of his wife Wendy A man has revealed how he slept in the same room as his wife’s body for six days after she died. Wendy Davison, 50, died at home in Derby last month after a 10-year battle with cervical […]

Terminally ill nurse continues to care for girl, 12

Terminally ill nurse continues to care for girl, 12

Image copyright RCNI Image caption Joanna O’Toole has continued to look after 12-year-old Amelie Chen, despite her diagnosis A terminally ill nurse has continued to care for a severely ill child despite being diagnosed with cancer herself. Joanna O’Toole, from Manchester, has looked after 12-year-old Amelie Chen, who has a rare debilitating syndrome, for the […]

General election 2017: NHS pay cap ‘must be lifted’

General election 2017: NHS pay cap ‘must be lifted’

Image copyright Getty Images The pay cap on NHS staff must be lifted because it puts patient safety at risk, NHS bosses say. NHS Providers said the cap, which limits pay rises to 1% a year to 2019, was causing severe recruitment and retention problems in England. The body, which represents NHS trusts in England, […]

More than half of UK vapers ‘have given up smoking’

More than half of UK vapers ‘have given up smoking’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some people argue that e-cigarettes are more or equally as harmful as smoking tobacco For the first time, more than half of the UK’s electronic-cigarette users have since given up smoking tobacco, a study suggests. Some 1.5 million vapers are ex-smokers, compared with 1.3 million who still use tobacco, […]

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson inquiry pledge from Tories

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson inquiry pledge from Tories

Image copyright SWNS Image caption Ian Paterson was convicted of intentionally wounding nine women and one man The Conservatives have pledged to hold an inquiry into the actions of disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson, if the party is returned to power. Paterson, 59, who exaggerated or invented cancer risks in patients, was convicted of 17 […]

Student mental health costs should be free, according to the Royal College of GPs

Student mental health costs should be free, according to the Royal College of GPs

Charges for mental health prescriptions for students should be scrapped, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has told Newsbeat. If you’re 19 or over and study in England you must pay £8.60, the prescription rate, for each item. According to official figures, one in 50 students in England has registered a mental health condition with […]

Prostate cancer: Blood test could help target treatment

Prostate cancer: Blood test could help target treatment

Image copyright PA Image caption MRI scanners are used to detect prostate cancer A blood test has been developed that could help target treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer. Cancer researchers in Europe analysed blood from 265 men with the disease. They found those with multiple copies of a particular gene did not respond […]

Female shop mannequins are ‘medically unhealthy’ and ‘unrealistic’

Female shop mannequins are ‘medically unhealthy’ and ‘unrealistic’

The bodies of female shop mannequins are “unrealistic”, a new study in the Journal of Eating Disorders suggests. Researchers looked at the displays in female fashion shops in two UK cities. They concluded that if people were the same size as the mannequins they would be “considered medically unhealthy”. “There is clear evidence showing that […]

Non-O blood group ‘linked to higher heart attack risk’

Non-O blood group ‘linked to higher heart attack risk’

Image copyright Science Photo Library People with a non-O blood group have a slightly increased risk of heart attack and stroke, research suggests. Scientists say it could be because higher levels of a blood-clotting protein is present in people with A, B and AB blood. The findings could help doctors better understand who is at […]