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UK ‘in grip of worst flu season since 2011’

The UK is in the grip of its worst flu season for seven years, figures show. All parts of the UK have seen rises in suspected flu cases since the turn of the year with Wales seeing the sharpest – close to a four-fold increase in GP visits to 64.9 cases per 100,000. The last time there was more flu ...

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US withholds $65 million in Palestinian aid after Trump threat

The United States will give a UN agency $60 million in aid for Palestinians refugees but withhold a further $65 million for now, the State Department said on Tuesday, as the Trump administration carried out a threat it made two weeks ago to cut funding. While saying the decision would sustain schools and health services, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert ...

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NHS ‘haemorrhaging’ nurses as 33,000 leave each year

The NHS is “haemorrhaging” nurses with one in 10 now leaving the NHS in England each year, figures show. More than 33,000 walked away last year, piling pressure on understaffed hospitals and community services. The figures – provided to the BBC by NHS Digital – represent a rise of 20% since 2012-13, and mean there are now more leavers than ...

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20 million lazy Britons at risk of fatal heart disease

A third of Britons are putting themselves at risk of an early grave because they do hardly any exercise, a new report reveals. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) today warns that swathes of the population are needlessly heightening their chances of developing potentially fatal cardiovascular diseases by as much as 35 per cent. The research also finds that there is ...

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Throwing a dinner party? Wow guests with these expert hospitality tips

Saudi Arabia has a thriving and long-established culture of hospitality, but Jeddah-based stylist and entrepreneur Nouf Masoud is working hard to bring industry-standard hospitality into homes across the country. Having worked in the catering industry for four years, Masoud was looking to upgrade her skills by undertaking hospitality courses in the region. Her search proved futile, but highlighted a need ...

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Middle-aged can reverse heart risk with exercise, study suggests

The new year is a time when many plan to shape up after the excesses of the festive period. Now there is good news for those who fear it might be too late in life to improve their fitness. People into late middle age can reverse or reduce the risk of heart failure caused by decades of sedentary living by ...

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Study shows e-cigarettes are less harmful than conventional cigarettes

As the government continues to caution people against tobacco and e-cigarettes, a study by the North East Hills University (NEHU) has stated that Electronics Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) or vaping has minimum health and safety concerns compared to high risk associated with conventional cigarettes.   According to study, researchers, who undertook an evidence-based audit of published scientific literature on the ...

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Poor dental health leads to frailty among elderly

Poor oral health issues such as tooth loss and gum disease increases the risk of frailty in older men, while curbing their ability to speak, eat and even smile on their own, researchers, including one of Indian origin, have warned.   Frailty is the medical term for becoming more vulnerable to declining health or the inability to perform the activities ...

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Heart attack care dangerously unequal for women, study finds

Fewer women who suffer a heart attack would die if they were given the same treatments as men, according to researchers. They analysed the outcomes of 180,368 Swedish patients who suffered a heart attack over a 10-year period. Women were two times more likely to die from the most serious type of heart attack than men in the year after ...

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Patients missing their appointments cost the NHS £1bn last year

The money wasted could have funded 1m more cataract operations or 250,000 hip replacements, says chief nursing officer As the NHS struggles with budget cuts, soaring demand and staff shortages, almost £1bn is being wasted annually by patients missing appointments, figures reveal. In response, England’s chief nurse has urged patients to cancel their NHS appointments in good time if they are not ...

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