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Chemistry ‘Van Gogh’ could help with cancer

Image copyright ICR Image caption RNA polymerase III surrounding DNA “Incredible” images of DNA in action have been captured by scientists who will use them to design cancer drugs. Researcher Dr Alessandro Vannini said the pictures were “beautiful” and in artistic comparisons were “definitely a Van Gogh”. They capture a ...

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East of England ambulance delays kill 20, says MP

Image copyright PA Image caption Norwich South MP Mr Lewis said the trust could have called in the army Twenty people have died due to late ambulances over 12 days when a trust failed to move into its highest state of emergency, an MP has said. Labour’s Clive Lewis told ...

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Health service ‘haemorrhaging’ nurses, figures reveal

Image copyright alvarez The NHS is “haemorrhaging” nurses with one in 10 leaving the NHS in England each year, figures show. More than 33,000 walked away last year, piling pressure on understaffed hospital wards and community services. The figures – provided to the BBC by NHS Digital – represent a ...

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Changing profession

Image caption Sara Dalby is a nurse who performs surgeries From the running of general practices to carrying out surgical operations, the role of nurses is changing. So what are some of the things modern nurses do? Surgery Surgery for skin cancer and carpal tunnel syndrome are probably operations you ...

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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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