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Isaiah Haastrup: Baby's life-support 'can be stopped'

Image copyright PA Image caption Isaiah, pictured with an aunt, suffered “catastrophic” brain damage, the court was told Doctors can stop life-support treatment to a brain-damaged 11-month-old against his parents’ wishes, a High Court judge has said. King’s College Hospital wanted to give only palliative care to Isaiah Haastrup as staff felt continued life-support was […]

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US flu outbreak is worst since 2009 swine pandemic

Image copyright Reuters Image caption An emergency room nurse (R) treats a hospital patient for flu this month in Escondido, California More Americans are seeking medical care for flu than at any time since the “swine” pandemic of nearly a decade ago, say US health officials. Thirty-seven children have died and nearly 12,000 patients have […]

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Calls for mandatory health information on alcohol labels

Image copyright Royal Society for Public Health Image caption Royal Society for Public Health’s mock-up image of how labelling would change under its proposal The Royal Society for Public Health is calling for change in alcoholic drinks labelling, citing a public “awareness vacuum” on how alcohol affects health. The society wants it to be mandatory […]

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Flu season

Image copyright Getty Images Flu comes along every winter, but how many people it will infect – and just how poorly they will be – is incredibly difficult to predict. What makes one flu outbreak worse than another? After Australia experienced its worst flu season in more than a decade, it was widely expected that […]

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NHS 'haemorrhaging' nurses as 33,000 leave each year

Image copyright Science Photo Library The NHS is “haemorrhaging” nurses with one in 10 now leaving the NHS in England each year, figures show. More than 33,000 walked away last year, piling pressure on understaffed hospitals and community services. The figures – provided to the BBC by NHS Digital – represent a rise of 20% […]

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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 for the future, will further […]