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Paramedics set to prescribe medicines

Advanced paramedics in England will be able to prescribe medicines to people who do not need hospital treatment, under new laws starting on Sunday. Up to seven out of 10 people currently seen by advanced care paramedics may need help – but not a hospital visit. Paramedics only have a limited ability to supply medicines at the moment but will ...

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Ensure rights of people with autism: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday urged all to promote the full participation of all people with autism, and ensure they have the necessary support to be able to exercise their rights and fundamental freedoms.   “On World Autism Awareness Day, let us reaffirm our commitment,” said the UN chief in a message marking the day that falls on April ...

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Childhood cancer patient is on rise

Irin Sultana, mother of four-year aged Nishad, found that body of her son has paled suddenly and he couldn’t take any food in last three days. She brought her son at the Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (DPHO) of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) getting advice from a local physician. Physicians following diagnosis found that Nishad was being ...

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Royal London nurse crowned Renal Nurse of the Year

Helen Rainey, Clinical Nurse Specialist at The Royal London Hospital, has been named Renal Nurse of the Year at the British Journal of Nursing Awards 2018.  The award recognises Helen’s work in east London’s successful innovative approach to educating patients about chronic kidney disease, building on the health messages that they already receive in Primary Care. Helen and her colleagues ...

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Knee pain can trigger depression among elderly people: Research

Knee pain in the elderly, which can damage the quality of life, can make them prone to depression, researchers say. Osteoarthritis occurs when a joint becomes inflamed, usually because the protective cartilage and other tissues that cushion joints like the knee become damaged and worn over time. Knee pain from osteoarthritis can make it harder to take care of yourself, ...

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Tuberculosis rates in England fall by third in six years

New figures show rates of tuberculosis (TB) in England have declined by a third in six years, and are currently at their lowest level in 35 years. The data from Public Health England shows a 38% fall since 2012, with a 9.3% decline in cases in 2017 alone. Improved diagnosis, treatment and awareness are being credited for the fall. But ...

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Global campaign takes aim at tobacco giants for advertising to kids near schools

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has launched a new global campaign to stop the world’s largest tobacco companies from targeting kids near schools in the countries around the world. Launched on Friday, the campaign titled “Big Tobacco, Tiny Targets” takes aim at Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco and other tobacco companies whose products are being systematically promoted and routinely ...

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Rise in cancers ’caused by weight’

Being overweight or obese is a growing cause of cancer in the UK while cases caused by smoking are falling, according to a large study. Cancer Research UK found more than a third of all cases of cancer were avoidable – some 135,000. The charity also found that excess weight now caused 6.3% of all cancer cases – up from ...

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High meat intake may up liver disease risk

Meat lovers please take note. Increased consumption of red or processed meat may increase the risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), researchers have found.   “NAFLD is considered as the hepatic component of the metabolic syndrome, with insulin resistance and inflammation as key factors in its pathophysiology,” said lead author Shira Zelber-Sagi, Professor at the University of Haifa ...

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NHS pay: Increase for 1.3 million staff expected increase

More than a million NHS staff, including nurses, porters and paramedics, can expect pay increases of at least 6.5% over three years, the BBC understands. The deal, expected to be formally agreed by unions and ministers later, could cost as much as £4bn. If approved, workers in England could see their pay increase almost immediately. The deal is tiered – ...

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