Dance lessons for the lonely – on the NHS

Dance lessons for the lonely – on the NHS

Image copyright Getty Images GPs in England are being given permission to prescribe patients “social” activities, such as dance classes, to tackle loneliness. The strategy, announced by Prime Minister Theresa May, will also see postal delivery workers checking in on...
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New checks to crack down on free prescription fraud

New checks to crack down on free prescription fraud

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption England is the only part of the UK which charges for prescriptions Patients claiming free prescriptions in England face checks before medicine is issued in an effort to stamp out fraud. Prescription fraud currently cos...
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Terminal breast cancer patients ‘abandoned’ in nurse shortage

Terminal breast cancer patients ‘abandoned’ in nurse shortage

Image copyright asiseeitImage caption Dedicated specialist cancer nurses provide physical and emotional support Thousands of incurable breast cancer patients are being denied a dedicated specialist nurse, according to Breast Cancer Care. The figures show almos...
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Age boys start puberty ‘linked to mothers’

Age boys start puberty ‘linked to mothers’

Image copyright aldomurilloImage caption If a mother started puberty early, her son is more likely to, the study suggests The age at which boys begin puberty is linked to when their mothers started having periods, a study suggests. Mothers who...
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What works for treating children’s colds?

What works for treating children’s colds?

Image copyright Getty Images Children get six to eight colds a year – twice as many as adults – but there’s little evidence on what helps improve symptoms like blocked or runny noses and sneezing. So are there remedies worth...
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World Mental Health Day: PM appoints suicide prevention minister

World Mental Health Day: PM appoints suicide prevention minister

Image copyright Getty Images A minister for suicide prevention has been appointed in England by the prime minister as the government hosts the first ever global mental health summit. Theresa May said the appointment of Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price to...
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‘Turnbull and Fry effect’ on prostate cancer

‘Turnbull and Fry effect’ on prostate cancer

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStephen Fry: “It’s a bit of a business having an operation like that” Hospitals are seeing and treating more men with prostate cancer, partly thanks to celebrities raising awareness of the...
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‘Higher levels of PTSD among veterans’, says study

‘Higher levels of PTSD among veterans’, says study

Image caption TV dramas like the BBC’s Bodyguard have helped increase awareness of PTSD Post-traumatic stress disorder of serving Army personnel and military veterans has increased in the last 10 years, a new study suggests. Most sufferers were veterans ...
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Child mental health referrals up 26% in five years, says report

Child mental health referrals up 26% in five years, says report

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The number of referrals to Camhs has increased by over a quarter in five years, according to a report The number of referrals to child and adolescent mental health services in England has increased by...
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Staff ‘afraid to question care’ at Shropshire baby death trust

Staff ‘afraid to question care’ at Shropshire baby death trust

Image caption There had been a “bullying, intimidatory culture” at the trust, a former nurse has claimed Junior staff at a health trust undergoing a review into its maternity care were frightened to raise concerns, a former nurse has claimed....
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