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When you can (and can’t) eat carbs for dinner

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pasta v toast – which can you have? It’s January, which means you may have stood on the scales and decided to go on a diet. But what sort? For many years, low-carb diets have been in fashion – based on the belief that ...

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Manchester Children’s Hospital: ‘Dangerously low’ staffing levels reported

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption One medic fears a patient will have to die before staffing concerns are addressed Medical staff at Manchester Children’s Hospital have warned “dangerous staffing levels” have put patients at risk in its critical care unit. They listed their concerns in an “honesty box”, a ...

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Almost 500 operations postponed across Scottish hospitals last week

Image copyright PA Hospitals across Scotland had to postpone almost 500 non-urgent operations last week. The figures were gathered by the BBC from health boards across the country. A rapid rise in flu cases and a spell of severe weather has put additional pressure on the NHS. Last week, 489 ...

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Revolution in health and social care urged in Wales

Image copyright KatarzynaBialasiewicz/Thinkstock Image caption A long-term health and social care plan is expected to be published in the spring A “revolution” is urgently needed in the way health and social care is delivered in Wales says a major review. Without “significantly accelerated” change, services which are already not fit ...

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Why is it so difficult to discover new antibiotics?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sources being checked for new antibiotics include the blood of Komodo dragons Over-reliance on and misuse of antibiotics has led to warnings of a future without effective medicines. Why is it so difficult for scientists to discover new drugs? It’s a tale of scientific ...

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Man ruptures throat by stifling a sneeze

Image copyright Getty Images Stifling a sneeze by clamping your nose and mouth shut can cause serious physical damage, doctors are warning. The medics treated a 34-year-old man who ruptured his throat while trying to stop a high-force sneeze. With nowhere to escape, the pressure ripped through the soft tissue, ...

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Cost legacy of decades-old NHS blunders begins to rise

Image caption ‘Avoidable errors’ are still being made in maternity wards today, a charity has warned NHS medical blunders dating back more than two decades are still costing millions of pounds a year in compensation, it has emerged. The negligence bill for mistakes made before 1995 – mainly maternity failings ...

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NI’s chief nursing officer says A&E’s ‘not in crisis’

Image caption A lack of nurses has been among the aggravating factors on the health service in Northern Ireland Northern Ireland’s chief nursing officer, Charlotte McArdle, has said Northern Ireland emergency departments are “not in crisis”. However Janice Smyth from the Royal College of Nursing said there was a crisis ...

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A&E volunteer students ‘will work within capabilities’

Image copyright PA Image caption The BMA said hospitals were resorting to “desperate measures” to cope with increased demand Medical students who volunteer to relieve winter pressure on A&Es will not work beyond their capabilities, say health bosses. The British Medical Association said it was “extremely worrying” two medical schools ...

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London’s January air quality ‘best in 10 years’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The capital has breached air pollution limits by 6 January every year since 2008, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said London’s air quality is within legal limits in mid-January for the first time in 10 years, City Hall has said. The capital breached limits for ...

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What will medicine be able to do with hearts?

Image copyright Science Photo Library If heart transplantation – 50 years after Christiaan Barnard carried out the first operation – has become routine, what exactly will medicine be capable of in the future? Will we one day be able to build, or even grow, replacement hearts, or will surgeons be ...

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Hospital operations for child teeth removal increase in England

Image copyright napatcha/Getty Dentists have accused the government of having a “short-sighted” approach to tooth decay in England after hospital operations to remove children’s teeth increased to nearly 43,000. There were 42,911 operations in 2016-17 – up from 40,800 the previous year and 36,833 in 2012-13, NHS figures show. The ...

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