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From GPs to AIDS: 70 years of classic NHS films

To mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, the British Film Industry has released a unique online collection of rare films. From early staff training films to the iconic “Don’t Die of Ignorance” advert, films and videos have played a vital role in the health service. This film is from BBC Radio 5 live. Source […]

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Countess of Chester Hospital: Woman held in baby deaths probe

Image caption Police have been investigating neonatal deaths between March 2015 and July 2016 A “healthcare professional” has been arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies and attempting to kill six others at a hospital. Cheshire Police said the woman’s arrest was a “significant step forward” in an investigation into deaths at the Countess of […]

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Artificial ovary fertility treatment developed by scientists

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have taken early steps towards developing an artificial ovary that could lead to improved fertility preservation treatments. The technique is aimed at helping women at risk of becoming infertile, such as those who receive chemotherapy. The Danish scientists removed parts of the ovary and altered them so they could potentially […]

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Could psychedelics transform mental health?

Image copyright Getty Images Think of magic mushrooms and LSD and it’s likely that science is not the first thing that springs to mind. Psychedelic drugs are more likely to be associated with hippies and the counterculture of the 1960s than people in white lab coats and clinical trials. But that might soon change. Increasingly, […]

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NHS England to stop 'ineffective' treatments

Image copyright Science Photo Library Tonsils removal, breast reductions and snoring surgery will be offered to far fewer patients from next year, under plans being drawn up by NHS England. Officials are to discuss proposals to stop or reduce 17 routine procedures deemed to be “ineffective or risky”. The treatment will be offered only if […]

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Women in Wales to get abortion pill at home

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“Claire” says having to return to a clinic makes things “unnecessarily traumatic” for some women A decision to allow women to take abortion pills at home in Wales has been welcomed as a “significant” move. Until now they have had to take two trips to clinics to […]

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One in 25 children aged 10 or 11 'severely obese'

Image copyright Getty Images One in 25 children in England aged 10 or 11 are severely obese, new analysis has found. Height and weight measurements show the number of children classed as severely overweight rose from 15,000 in reception to 22,000 by the time they leave primary school. The Local Government Association, which analysed Public […]

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Boots owner denies overcharging NHS for cancer mouthwash

Image copyright Getty Images The owner of Boots has rejected claims it overcharged the NHS for a mouthwash used by cancer patients. An investigation by the Times newspaper said the high street chemist charged the NHS £3,220 for the medicinal mouthwash, which can cost £93. Walgreens Boots Alliance said its businesses complied with the law. […]