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Could height be a cancer risk?

Image copyright Getty Images Taller people are at more risk of getting cancer, a new study looking at over a million people claims. Past reports have reached the same conclusion, but should lofty people be alarmed, or is this just a tall story? Experts stress the results only point to a very small increase in […]

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Let down by ‘agonising’ end-of-life care

Image copyright The Parry familyImage caption Anne Winternitz and her husband Fred Staff shortages and inadequate training mean that end-of-life care for elderly people is often unacceptable, a leading expert has warned. Andrea Sutcliffe, of the Care Quality Commission, told the BBC every nursing home needed to be capable of supporting people at the end […]

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Public may have to stockpile drugs in no-deal Brexit

Image copyright alicjaneImage caption The UK imports more than 37 million packets of medicines each month The public may have to stockpile medicines if there is a no-deal Brexit, industry leaders say. Martin Sawer, of the Healthcare Distributors Association, told MPs industry was “very concerned” about a no-deal as it could have “catastrophic” consequences for […]

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Shropshire baby deaths trust must report weekly to CQC

Image caption The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust runs Royal Shrewsbury and The Princess Royal hospitals Maternity and emergency services at two hospitals have so alarmed inspectors, the trust running both sites must report to a watchdog every week. Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust (SATH) was already subject to a review of baby deaths, […]

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MRSA link to baby’s death investigated

Image copyright Getty Images A baby’s death following an outbreak of MRSA in a neonatal unit is being investigated by the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. The BBC understands that while the bacteria was not a direct cause of the baby’s death it is being connected. A second baby, who was found to have […]

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Will folic acid ever be added to UK flour?

Image copyright Getty Images After repeated calls by health experts, the government says it will consult on adding folic acid to flour to help prevent common birth defects in babies. Women are already advised to take the B vitamin before and during pregnancy, but many don’t. Mandatory fortification would mean everyone eating foods like bread […]

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Why to be wary of eating ‘pink’ lamb

Image copyright Getty Images Salmonella food poisoning is normally something that people associate with undercooked chicken or eggs. But The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is reminding the public that eating some types of “pink” lamb or mutton can also pose a risk. Since June, 165 people in England have become ill with Salmonella typhimurium bacteria […]

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Flu vaccine delays for NI over-65s

Image copyright Science Photo LibraryImage caption The flu vaccine for some people older than 65 will be delayed until the end of next month There will be delays with the supply of a new flu jab for over-65s this year, the chief medical officer has said. Dr Michael McBride said that “manufacturing constraints” would mean […]