Call the Midwife: BBC in abortion advice row

Image caption Call the Midwife has won praise for tackling sensitive issues The BBC has been criticised for not linking directly to information on abortion after the issue was dealt with in an episode of Call the Midwife. Doctors, midwives and pro-choice charities highlighted the issue after the BBC’s Action Line website was advertised after […]

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Chemicals ‘repair damaged neurons in mice’

Image caption Brain signals weaken when some cells wear out New results suggest ageing brains can potentially be rejuvenated, at least in mice, according to researchers. Very early-stage experiments indicate that drugs can be developed to stop or even reverse mental decline. The results were presented at the 2019 meeting of the American Association for […]

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RAF Lakenheath: USAF nurses work in NHS hospitals

Image caption Surgeons from RAF Lakenheath are working with medical staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital Patients are being seen “more quickly” after US airmen and women started working at NHS hospitals in England in a bid to refresh “rusty” skills. The USAF nurses, from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, started working alongside staff at five hospitals this […]

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Having HPV ‘isn’t rude or shameful’

Image copyright Claire BoltonImage caption Claire wants to raise awareness about HPV and cervical cancer Having human papilloma virus (HPV) is not rude or shameful and is extremely common, experts say. It comes as a survey of 2,000 women shows there are still stigmas around the infection, which can be passed on during sex and […]

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Cannabis use in teens linked to depression

Image copyright Getty Images Parents should not be complacent about the risks of teenagers using cannabis, experts are warning. UK and Canada researchers said they had found “robust” evidence showing using the drug in adolescence increased the risk of developing depression in adulthood by 37%. They said the findings should act as a warning to […]

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Send patients email not letters, GPs told

Image copyright Getty Images GPs in England must start routinely using email instead of sending letters to communicate with patients, the health secretary says. Matt Hancock wants email to become the default option by 2021. He said there was no reason why doctors could not email a test result or prescription – although people who […]

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