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Junior doctors’ row: Government hit with second legal challenge over contracts

A second legal challenge has been made over the government’s decision to impose a new contract on junior doctors in England. NHS staff campaign group Just Health started proceedings after raising £100,000 in four days online. The move follows separate legal action made by the British Medical Association last week seeking a judicial review. The Department of Health said it ...

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43% ‘resume smoking after giving birth’

Nearly half of women who quit smoking during pregnancy take it up again soon after they give birth, according to research in the journal Addiction. The analysis of several studies suggests 13% of women who enrol on smoking cessation programmes quit during pregnancy. But 43% of these restart within six months of giving birth. Public Health England says more action ...

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Bangladesh finds Zika virus in old blood sample

The mosquito-borne Zika virus exists in Bangladesh as the government has tested an old sample ‘positive’ for the virus. It has caused global concern for its link with microcephaly in which a baby is born with a small head. A government source confirmed to bdnews24.com the recent test result, saying that Health Minister Mohammed Nasim will announce this ‘in a ...

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Snoring can worsen cancer

In addition to keeping your family up all night, loud snoring may have more worrying consequences, a recent study has revealed. Subjecting mice with kidney cancer to reduced oxygen, US and Spanish scientists found evidence that starving the body of oxygen can trigger the development of tumours by promoting the growth of blood vessels that feed them, the Mirror reported. ...

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43% ‘resume smoking after giving birth’

  16 March 2016 Nearly half of women who quit smoking during pregnancy take it up again soon after they give birth, according to research in the journal Addiction. The analysis of several studies suggests 13% of women who enrol on smoking cessation programmes quit during pregnancy. But 43% of these restart within six months of giving birth. Public Health ...

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Parents say meningitis B vaccine ‘is cost-effective’

Parents of children affected by meningitis B have told MPs a vaccine for the disease should be extended to all UK children up to the age of 11. They say the cost of treating survivors left with life-long disabilities more than outweighs the £75 vaccine price. Currently, the meningitis B jab is routinely given only to infants in the UK. ...

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 Black and Asian cancer surivors feature in a new film which highlights blood in urine as a key symptom for both kidney and bladder cancers

New film released to highlight the importance of early diagnosis and cultural issues that can delay Black and South Asian people from seeing their doctor early Early diagnosis of bladder and kidney cancers increases the chance of survival, so being aware of the symptoms is crucial Around 17,450 people in England are diagnosed with either bladder or kidney cancer every ...

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Birmingham’s QE Hospital: ‘Bullying culture stopped speaking out’

  A culture of bullying prevented staff at an NHS trust from speaking out about the number of heart surgery patients who were dying, a report has found. Inspectors found problems with the way Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham runs its heart unit after a high death rates compared with other hopsitals. The trust ignored repeated warnings over high death ...

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NHS child mental health money ‘missing’ despite investment

8 March 2016 Some mental health trusts in England have seen “no significant investment” in psychiatric services for children despite government plans to overhaul provision, say experts. Last summer ministers said they would invest an additional £143m in the services this financial year. The Mental Health Network suspects the funding has been used to support other NHS services. NHS England ...

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Gene responsible for greying hair discovered

In a first, an international team of researchers has identified a gene for greying hair, confirming greying has a genetic component and is not just environmental. The study — published in the journal Nature Communications — analysed a population of over 6,000 people with varied ancestry across Latin America to identify new genes associated with hair colour, greying, density and ...

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