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Doctor admits misleading over Ebola

  A doctor has admitted she misled other medics about the health of a colleague returning to the UK from West Africa with Ebola in 2014. Dr Hannah Ryan told a disciplinary hearing she had been in a state of “disbelief, fear and panic” after finding out nurse Pauline Cafferkey had had a high temperature, a warning sign. Instead of ...

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Fish eyes may hold key to cure blindness in humans, finds study

Scientists have identified a chemical signal in the zebrafish brain that helps it regenerate retina, a finding that may help cure blindness in humans. The discovery raises the possibility that human retinas can be induced to regenerate, naturally repairing damage caused by degenerative retinal diseases and injury, including age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa, researchers said. “The prevailing belief has ...

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Graphic health warning on packs: Tobacco companies ‘continue to flout rules’ in Bangladesh

The tobacco industry rather resorted to fresh “ill tactics” to undermine the implementation of the law, anti-tobacco group Progga which was involved in the study said. “The government needs to strengthen the National Tobacco Control Cell so that they can monitor the market effectively,” Progga Executive Director ABM Zubair told bdnews24.com. The law was passed in the parliament in Apr ...

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Whistleblowers ‘to be protected’ if they apply for NHS job

  NHS whistleblowers could be protected against discrimination if they apply to work for the health service again. Government plans would give applicants a right to complain to an employment tribunal if they believed they had suffered discrimination. Jeremy Hunt said he wanted to create “a culture of openness” where staff feel they can speak up about patient safety. Barrister ...

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Spider phobia brain ‘processes unconscious fear’

  Showing arachnopohobes images of spiders so briefly they remain unaware of them could help them overcome their fear, US researchers suggest. Scans suggested the brain worked harder to regulate emotional and behavioural responses to fear when it was not conscious of it. The women in the small study were shown pictures of flowers interspersed very briefly with images of ...

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Fasting diet ‘regenerates diabetic pancreas’

The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers. Restoring the function of the organ – which helps control blood sugar levels – reversed symptoms of diabetes in animal experiments. The study, published in the journal Cell, says the diet reboots the body. Experts said the findings were “potentially very exciting” as ...

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Eating this fruit on empty stomach could kill you

The curious case of mysterious deaths in Indian Muzaffarpur left most of the epidemic researchers and doctors puzzled. The number of the deceased seemed to be growing at a fast pace with no valid rhyme or reason. Over the past three years, when summer was at its peak in mid-May, there were many instances of children waking up with convulsions, ...

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One in 14 on hospital op waiting list as pressures grow

One in 14 people in England is now on an NHS waiting list as hospitals struggle to keep up with rising demand. There are 3.7 million people waiting for routine care, such as knee and hip replacements – up 44% since 2012. Nearly a tenth of people on the list have waited more than the 18-week target for treatment to ...

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Over 9.2 million sign for Obamacare amid Trump repeal push

More than 9.2 million US consumers signed up for health insurance using the Healthcare.gov website during the open enrolment period between November and Jan 31, the US government said on Friday. Enrolment was down from 9.7 million a year ago but the decline was smaller than some had predicted amid President Donald Trump’s push to overturn former President Barack Obama’s signature ...

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Working more than 39 hours a week can wreak havoc on your mental and physical health, a new study has found. The new research from The Australian National University (ANU) shows the work limit should be set at 39 hours a week for a healthy life. They examined the working lives of 7890 adults and concluded that a culture of ...

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