December 14, 2019

UK: Leaders in pre-election clash over NHS, Brexit and economy

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From BBC Political parties are readying themselves for a general election campaign after MPs voted for a 12 December poll Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have clashed over the NHS, Brexit and leadership at the last Prime Minister’s Questions before the general election. The Labour leader said voters had a “once in a generation” chance […]

Diagnosed prevalent cases of hepatitis C in the UK will drop below 3,000 by 2026, after landmark NHS deal, says GlobalData

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Following today’s announcement (30th April) that NHS England’s partnership with Gilead, Merck and AbbVie is expected eliminate hepatitis C in the UK in the next decade;James Mather, Senior Pharma Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view on this landmark partnership: “The approach planned by NHS England, along access to direct-acting antivirals […]

The men having penis fillers to boost their self-esteem

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By Rick Kelsey From BBC Penis fillers, designed to increase the organ’s girth, are gaining in popularity – despite warnings over complications. Two men tell the BBC why they are not ashamed to have them. Abdul Hasan, 27, is a returning customer for penis fillers. This time he is having the procedure as a surprise […]

Deaths rose 650 above average during UK heatwave – with older people most at risk

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By Damian Carrington and Sarah Marsh From The Guardian UK Nearly 700 more deaths than average were recorded during the 15-day peak of the heatwave in June and July in England and Wales, according to official statistics. Experts said that an increase in deaths is fully expected during heatwaves, but they cautioned that the provisional […]

UK: Jeremy Hunt replaces Boris Johnson amid Brexit turmoil

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From BBC Theresa May has launched a reshuffle of her top team after a string of resignations over her Brexit strategy plunged her government into crisis. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been named as the new foreign secretary after Boris Johnson quit, accusing Mrs May of pursuing a “semi-Brexit”. His departure followed that of Brexit […]

Britain could ditch 1p and 2p coins — here’s why that’s a fantastic idea

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By Will Martin From Business Insider The government is consulting on scrapping the use of 1p and 2p coins. This has caused outrage among some of the population, but it makes perfect sense. Copper coins are rarely used in transactions, are expensive to manufacture, and have little role in an increasingly cashless society. LONDON — […]

Call the Midwife: Who were the real West Indian nurses of the 1960s?

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By Eleanor Bley Griffiths From Radio Times The real history behind Nurse Lucille Anderson’s experiences on screen as Nonnatus House’s first West Indian midwife The lovely Nurse Lucille Anderson (Leonie Elliott) has already brought a dose of warmth and love to Nonnatus House. Call the Midwife’s first ever West Indian midwife arrived in Poplar in […]

NHS gave DeepMind patient records on an ‘inappropriate legal basis’

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By Nick Summers From engadget A top UK government advisor is questioning a deal that granted DeepMind access to 1.6 million patient records. A data-sharing deal between DeepMind and London’s Royal Free Hospital Trust was struck on an “inappropriate legal basis,” a top UK government advisor has said. In April 2016, New Scientist revealed that […]

Ransomware cyber-attack threat escalating – Europol

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From BBC Friday’s cyber-attack has affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries, Europol chief Rob Wainwright says. He told the BBC the act was “unprecedented in its scale” and warned more people could find themselves affected on Monday morning. The virus took control of users’ files, demanding payments; Russia and the UK were among […]

Aspirin taken to thin the blood to prevent strokes ‘can double risk of suffering a heart attack’

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By Ben Spencer Medical Correspondent For The Daily Mail From This Is Money Study of 30,000 NHS patients with atrial fibrillation found they were at higher risk if they took aspirin Patients were 1.9 times as likely to have an acute heart attack, it found Research carried out by Southampton University and Maastricht University  Aspirin […]