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Spring brings no respite for NHS in England

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The start of spring has brought little respite for the NHS in England, with A&E departments still struggling.One in seven patients spent longer than the four-hour waiting target figure in A&E in March - only marginally better than the situation seen during winter.It comes amid mounting concern about the pressure in cancer care. That data lags behind the A&E figures - it only covers the
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Web therapy ‘calmed my irritable bowels’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Bespoke web or phone-based psychological therapy should be offered to people with severe irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), researchers say. Their work, published in the journal Gut, shows cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) could reduce symptoms - even when not delivered face-to-face. England's health watchdog already recommends face-to-face CBT for people who have IBS, despite other treatment.But researchers say many people are unable to access it. Irritable
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One in 10 child asthma cases ‘linked to traffic pollution’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Four million cases of childhood asthma could be caused by air pollution from traffic - around 13% of those diagnosed each year, a global study suggests.Current pollution guidelines may need changing because most children developing asthma live in areas within recommended levels, the authors say.South Korea has the highest burden of pollution-related asthma, along with Chinese cities, the study found.Experts say urgent action to protect
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‘I’m 35, with two young children – and Parkinson’s’

[ad_1] At 29, Ellie Finch Hulme was diagnosed with a condition often associated with much older people - Parkinson's disease. She decided it wasn't going to stop her living her life the way she wanted to.Ellie doesn't fit the stereotype of someone with Parkinson's disease, as one of her recent tweets makes clear. People are often shocked when they meet her for the first time, she says."I volunteer in a
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‘Dismantling cancer’ reveals weak spots

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have taken cancer apart piece-by-piece to reveal its weaknesses, and come up with new ideas for treatment.A team at the Wellcome Sanger Institute disabled every genetic instruction, one at a time, inside 30 types of cancer.It has thrown up 600 new cancer vulnerabilities and each could be the target of a drug. Cancer Research UK praised the sheer scale of the study.PrecisionThe study heralds
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Umbilical cord art – would you do it?

[ad_1] Image copyright reddit/u/Icy9kills Image caption Reddit user Icy9kills both amazed and angered users of a reddit thread with this image When Icy9kills uploaded a picture of a frame spotted at their aunt's house to Reddit, they may have expected weird and wonderful visceral reactions were to come.And with the title on the post being "My aunt framed my cousin's umbilical cord and shaped it as a heart", the other
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Cocaine injecting and homelessness ‘behind Glasgow HIV rise’

[ad_1] Image caption More than 100 new HIV cases were identified among drug users in Glasgow city centre between 2015 and 2017 A rise in cocaine injecting and homelessness are behind a 10-fold increase in HIV infection among drug users in Glasgow, research suggests.The Glasgow city centre outbreak is the UK's largest in more than 30 years.The study - conducted between 2011 and 2018 - involved almost 4,000 people who
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Children’s mental health services ‘postcode lottery’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Spending on children's mental health services - such as school counsellors and drop-in centres - has fallen in real terms in more than a third of areas in England, a report shows. The study, by the Children's Commissioner, found spending had risen by 17% overall but many children faced a "postcode lottery" of provision.Anne Longfield said the figures were "extremely worrying". Officials said investing in
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‘My bowel cancer was missed because I’m young’

[ad_1] Image caption Linzi Page was only 35 when she was diagnosed with bowel cancer Linzi Page thinks her bowel cancer was not diagnosed because doctors do not expect people under 50 to get the disease.The 36-year-old first went to see her GP in January last year after weeks of "strange" bowel movements and rectal bleeding.Linzi, from Burntisland in Fife, told BBC Scotland's The Nine that her doctor was "dismissive"
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New York measles emergency declared in Brooklyn

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mayor Bill de Blasio spells out the dangers New York's mayor has declared a public health emergency following a measles outbreak.The emergency warning covers certain postcodes in Brooklyn. All residents in the affected areas have been told to get vaccinated or face a fine. There have been 285 cases in the area since 30 September. Of those infected, 246 were children, New York health