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Labour leadership: Smith warns of ‘secret Tory NHS privatisation’

Labour leadership contender Owen Smith has accused the government of having “a secret plan to privatise the NHS” in England. In a speech, Mr Smith said NHS spending on the private sector has doubled to £8.7bn during the six years the Conservatives have been in power. The Department of Health said his analysis was “simply wrong”. Meanwhile, leader Jeremy Corbyn ...

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Organ transplants: Hundreds helped by former cancer patients

Hundreds of people in the UK have received an organ transplant from someone with a history of cancer, despite many believing you cannot donate if you have had the disease. A total of 272 organ donors across the UK in the past five years had a history of cancer, according to data obtained by the Press Association. Their donations resulted ...

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‘Hacking nerves can control disease’

Controlling human nerve cells with electricity could treat a range of diseases including arthritis, asthma and diabetes, a new company says. Galvani Bioelectronics hopes to bring a new treatment based on the technique before regulators within seven years. GlaxoSmithKline and Verily, formerly Google, Life Sciences, are behind it. Animal experiments have attached tiny silicone cuffs, containing electrodes, around a nerve ...

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6 of the best alternative fitness equipment you should try at London’s gyms

Drop the kettlebells (not on your foot): there’s a heap of alternative fitness equipment out there, from newfangled contraptions of foam and pulleys, to old-school metal implements that might have come from a pre-war German gymnasium. With so much variety there’s no excuse for not going to the gym. It looks like a modernist sculpture: a foam tube with metal ...

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Hidden red hair gene a skin cancer risk

People can carry a “silent” red hair gene that raises their risk of sun-related skin cancer, experts warn. The Sanger Institute team estimate one in every four UK people is a carrier. The gene’s effect is comparable to two decades of sun exposure in terms of cancerous changes, they say. While people with two copies of the gene will have ...

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Hypertension Biggest Global Risk Factor For Stroke: Study

Hypertension is the single major risk factor for stroke, which is a highly preventable medical condition globally, irrespective of age and sex, reveals a study led by an Indian-origin researcher.     Stroke which is caused when poor blood flow to the brain results in cell death, is the leading cause of mortality and disability, particularly in low-income and middle-income ...

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‘Wash salad’ advice after two die from E. coli

Shoppers are being reminded to thoroughly wash mixed salad leaves amid concern that this food could be the source of an E. coli outbreak that has killed two and infected more than 150 people in the UK. Public Health England says it is still working to establish the exact cause. Many of those struck down by the E. coli O157 bug ...

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