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Dementia patients 'come alive' in singing classes

A 90-year-old woman “comes alive” during singing classes for dementia patients, her daughter has said. Pauline Goodger said the sessions in Wollaton, Nottingham, help her mother Alma to access memories of songs she knew in her youth. Patients appear to show improvements in their condition during the classes, according to their families. Research by the […]

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Inquiry after 54 deaths at Russells Hall Hospital's A&E

Image copyright Alamy Image caption A&E at Russells Hall Hospital has been criticised in successive inspections A West Midlands hospital A&E is being investigated after concerns were raised over the deaths of 54 patients in a six-month period. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) examined Russells Hall Hospital’s death records from the first six months of […]

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Probiotics labelled 'quite useless'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Probiotics include yogurts that contain “good bacteria”. A group of scientists in Israel claim foods that are packed with good bacteria – called probiotics – are almost useless. Their study is among the most detailed analyses of what happens when we consume probiotics. They are seen as healthy and […]

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Claire Wineland: Cystic fibrosis activist dies at 21

Image copyright Claire Wineland/Instagram Image caption Claire Wineland became renowned for her posts about illness and mortality on social media A young US woman with cystic fibrosis who made a name for herself through writing, speaking and social media has died after receiving a lung transplant. Claire Wineland, 21, became renowned for her posts about […]

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Dentists say fines deterring poor patients

Image copyright Getty Images The British Dental Association says a “huge fall” in people on low incomes going to the dentist in England is because they fear being wrongly fined when they claim for free treatment. The most recent annual figures show almost 370,000 fines for people accused of “misclaiming” for free dental care. But […]