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VIDEO: Dementia 'like having a small child'

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:15
Laurie Graham, whose husband suffers from dementia, says having a partner with the disease is "like having a child".

Call to ban energy drinks for kids

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:26
Energy drinks should be banned for children under 16, according to the campaign and research group Action on Sugar.

Dispute over outdoor smoking ban call

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:23
Health experts argue the ban on smoking in indoor public spaces should be extended to cover outdoor spaces such as parks.

Hospital staff 'told of Savile abuse'

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 22:00
A report into sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile at Stoke Mandeville Hospital is to say staff were told of 10 complaints at the time, the BBC understands.

Analysis: An HIV 'game changer'?

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 15:11
Have we reached a key moment in the bid to control HIV?

WHO 'taken aback' by measles outbreaks

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:56
Measles vaccinations must be immediately stepped up across Europe and central Asia after a series of outbreaks, the World Health Organization says.

Greater Manchester: The start of something big?

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:17
Greater Manchester is pooling its health and care budgets. Is this a major milestone, asks Nick Triggle

'Don't cut other areas to fund NHS'

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:15
Most people do not want to see cuts to other public services in order to protect the NHS, according to data from the British Social Attitudes survey.

VIDEO: Flu scientists defend vaccine choice

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:53
Experts are set to announce what sort of vaccine they believe will protect people against new strains of flu.

VIDEO: Health devolution for Greater Manchester

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:58
Greater Manchester is to become the first region in England to get full control of health spending.

Depression 'link' to violent crime

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:27
People with a depressive illness are three times more likely to commit a violent or sex crime than those in the general population, a study suggests.

Skin test spots Alzheimer's disease

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:05
Scientists believe a skin test could help diagnose brain conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

'Give HIV drugs to healthy gay men'

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 21:12
Healthy gay men should be offered drugs which are normally used to treat HIV in order to prevent infection, say UK Medical Research Council scientists.

Councils 'to control £6bn NHS budget'

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 20:55
The £6bn health and social care budget for Greater Manchester will be taken over by councils under devolved NHS powers, it is understood.

Tobacco 'kills two in three smokers'

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 17:01
The death risk from smoking may be much higher than previously thought - tobacco kills up to two in every three smokers not one in every two, data from a large study suggests.

Patient waiting time targets missed

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 14:47
Latest figures show that the NHS in Scotland has missed a target to treat 90% of patients within 18 weeks.

NHS 'must step in' over Avastin row

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 14:07
Doctors call on health ministers and NHS England to intervene to make a drug called Avastin routinely available to patients with a debilitating eye condition known as wet AMD.

'Black alert' trust stops 1,000 ops

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:47
More than 1,000 operations are thought to have been cancelled at a hospital which has been on "black alert" since January, hospital bosses say.

Rise in A&E wait times for patients

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:40
More patients had to wait over 12 hours for treatment at seven of Northern Ireland's A&E departments during January, according the Department of Health figures

Teenage pregnancies hit record low

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:37
The number of teenage pregnancies in England and Wales has fallen to the lowest level since 1969 when records began.

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