Worries over care home fees and funding

Worries over care home fees and funding

Care homes may be charging families for extended periods after a resident has died as well as large upfront fees, a competition inquiry has revealed. The concerns emerged from the initial findings of a review by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) which began in December. The CMA has now opened owing to fears that there could be breaches in consumer law. There are more than 400,000 people in care and nursing homes in the…

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Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England

Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England

The UK’s highest court has rejected an appeal by a mother and daughter in their legal battle for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England. The Supreme Court challenge centred on the case of a Northern Ireland woman who became pregnant when she was 15. She went to England with her mother for an abortion in a private clinic in 2012, at a cost of about £900. Northern Ireland’s…

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Drug that creates a 'real sun-tan' could prevent cancer

Drug that creates a 'real sun-tan' could prevent cancer

Scientists have developed a drug that mimics sunlight to make the skin tan, with no damaging UV radiation involved. The drug tricks the skin into producing the brown form of the pigment melanin in tests on skin samples and mice. Evidence suggests it will work even on redheads, who normally just burn in the sun. The team at Massachusetts General Hospital hope their discovery could prevent skin cancer and even slow the appearance of ageing….

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'Seductive names' make vegetables more appealing

'Seductive names' make vegetables more appealing

How do you get more people to eat their greens? Give vegetables seductive names, say US researchers. A team at Stanford tried it out on students in the university cafeteria and found veggie sales went up by 25% when indulgent labels were used. “Sizzlin’ beans”, “dynamite beets” and “twisted citrus-glazed carrots” tempted diners to fill their plates. Healthy labels, such as “wholesome”, were a turn-off, even though the dishes were identical in every other way….

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EU nurse applicants drop by 96% since Brexit vote

EU nurse applicants drop by 96% since Brexit vote

There has been a sharp drop in nurses registering to work in the UK since the EU referendum, figures suggest. Last July, 1,304 nurses from the EU joined the Nursing and Midwifery Council register, compared to 46 in April this year, a fall of 96%. The Health Foundation said the findings could not be more stark and said they should act as a “wake-up call”. But the NMC said the introduction of English language testing…

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Charlie Gard: Mum shares photo of son with eyes open

Charlie Gard: Mum shares photo of son with eyes open

The mother of Charlie Gard has shared a photo of her son with his eyes open as she waits to find out if his life-support will be switched off. Connie Yates posted the image on Facebook with the message “a picture speaks a thousand words”. Specialists in London say the 10-month old should be moved to palliative care but his parents want to take him to the US to undergo a trial treatment. The European…

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Charlie Gard treatment must continue until next week, court rules

Charlie Gard treatment must continue until next week, court rules

Terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard must continue to receive life-support treatment until Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights has said. His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have launched a final legal challenge at the European court after their Supreme Court challenge failed. They want the 10-month old to undergo a trial in the US, but London specialists believe he has no chance of survival. The European court wants until Tuesday to consider the case….

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Mars recalls chocolates over salmonella fear

Mars recalls chocolates over salmonella fear

Chocolate maker Mars is recalling some bars of Galaxy, Maltesers Teasers and bags of Minstrels due to the “potential presence of salmonella”. Mars said the products, for sale in the UK and Ireland, should not be eaten. The recall began after tests showed salmonella may be in ingredients. “We are working closely with the relevant food safety authorities and our customers to ensure that the affected products are no longer available for purchase,” Mars said….

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