BMA chief: NHS is 'running on fumes'

BMA chief: NHS is 'running on fumes'

The NHS in England is “running on fumes”, the leader of the British Medical Association is warning. Dr Mark Porter hit out at the government at the start of the union’s annual conference. He accused ministers of putting patients at risk and “picking the pockets” of NHS staff because of the squeeze on wages. But ministers rejected the criticisms, saying they were putting more money into the health service. Dr Porter launched the attack as…

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UK's first heart pump targets 2018 clinical trial

UK's first heart pump targets 2018 clinical trial

The UK’s first artificial heart pump has moved a step closer to being used on patients, scientists have said. It has been developed at Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science 2 by Calon Cardio, and clinical trials are due to begin in late 2018 with the aim of a full rollout two years later. The pump is implanted into the failing heart and should last about 10 years. Stuart McConchie, chief executive of Calon Cardio,…

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Ebola virus burial teams may have 'saved thousands of lives'

Ebola virus burial teams may have 'saved thousands of lives'

Media playback is unsupported on your device They were ordinary people doing an extraordinary job in extremely dangerous times. Now new research suggests Red Cross volunteers who helped bury most of the bodies of Ebola victims in West Africa could have prevented more than 10,000 cases of the deadly disease. More than 28,000 people were infected with Ebola in 2014-2015. Of those, 11,310 people died. The worst affected countries were Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone….

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'Asthma is a killer – it took away my miracle daughter'

'Asthma is a killer – it took away my miracle daughter'

Lisa Dennis is looking at photos of her daughter Olivia – a blonde girl with a radiant smile. These are special moments, frozen in time. Olivia died four years ago, aged 10, after having an asthma attack. Her parents did not even know their gymnastics-loving daughter had the condition. But Olivia is not the only child to lose their life to asthma. According to the latest data for England and Wales, 37 children and teenagers…

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Danger map reveals health threat zone

Danger map reveals health threat zone

South America is a hotbed of potential viruses that could be the next major threat to the world’s health, according to “danger maps”. The EcoHealth Alliance in New York looked at mammals, the viruses they harbour and how they come into contact with people. It revealed bats carry more potential threats than other mammals. The researchers hope the knowledge could be used to prevent the next HIV, Ebola or flu. Some of the most worrying…

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'Remarkable' drop in new HIV cases among men

'Remarkable' drop in new HIV cases among men

For the first time, new diagnoses of HIV have fallen among men who have sex with men in England, according to data from Public Health England. They have decreased from 2,060 in 2014-15 to 1,700 in 2015-16, while in London there was an even steeper drop. PHE said increased testing, fast treatment with HIV therapy and the use of preventative drug Prep have all contributed to the trend. New HIV diagnoses among heterosexuals have remained…

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Social media pressure is linked to cosmetic procedure boom

Social media pressure is linked to cosmetic procedure boom

Young people are turning to cosmetic procedures such as botox and dermal fillers as a result of social media pressure, according to a report. A study by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics says government must protect people from an unregulated industry. The report also condemns makeover apps and online plastic surgery games aimed at children as young as nine. The authors fear such apps are contributing to growing anxieties around body image. Much of the…

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Ninth avoidable baby death at NHS trust

Ninth avoidable baby death at NHS trust

A ninth avoidable baby death has been uncovered by BBC News at a troubled NHS trust. Maddison Dawn Wilkins Jackson died in 2013 after staff at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital could not find her mother a bed on the labour ward. The health secretary ordered an investigation into maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust in April. The trust says it has apologised to Maddison’s family for her death. A new report…

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