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Norovirus: Children banned from Northumbria hospital visits

Image copyright GoogleImage caption The restrictions come into force at nine hospitals, including North Tyneside General Hospital, on Friday Children under 12 are being banned from visiting patients in nine hospitals as part of a raft of restrictions to fight rising rates of norovirus. Northumbria Healthcare said the restrictions should stop the illness reaching “critical […]

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Sit-down meals ‘less healthy than fast-food’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Only one in 10 restaurant meals analysed was classed as healthy or fewer than 600kcal The calorie content of meals in UK restaurants is “excessive” and sit-down restaurants are unhealthier than fast-food chains, BMJ research suggests. Health experts say meals should not exceed 600 calories, but in this study they […]

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Organ donors to be asked if they are religious

Image copyright Getty Images People who join the NHS’s UK organ donation register are to be asked if they want their religious beliefs to be considered in the donation process. The question aims to reassure people that donation can take place in line with their faith or beliefs. It is hoped the measure can help […]

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Temporary clinical waste measures put in place

Image copyright ReutersImage caption HES was contracted to process clinical waste in Scotland until April 2019 Temporary storage is being put in place at NHS sites across Scotland to cope with a potential backlog of clinical waste, it has emerged. National Services Scotland (NSS) said it had taken responsibility for waste from every hospital, GP […]

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Cervical screening error: More women affected

Image copyright Science Photo Library An additional 3,591 women have not received information about NHS cervical cancer screening, it has emerged. Capita, the company contracted to send out the screening invitations, made the discovery while investigating an administrative error already known to have affected 40,000 women in England. NHS England says there is no evidence […]

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Gene study unravels redheads mystery

Image copyright jam noorlander Eight genes linked to red hair have been discovered by scientists, helping to shed light on how redheads inherit their distinctive locks. The Edinburgh University-led research has been described as the largest genetic study of hair colour to date. It had been thought red hair was controlled by a single gene, […]

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‘Weigh-ins help prevent piling on pounds at Christmas’

Image copyright andriano_czImage caption People who stood on the scales at least twice a week lost weight Regular weigh-ins at home, plus simple weight-loss tips, could prevent people from piling on the pounds at Christmas, according to a new study. The Universities of Birmingham and Loughborough divided 272 volunteers into two groups. The “intervention” group […]

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Puzzle solving ‘won’t stop mental decline’

Image copyright Getty Images Doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku does not appear to protect against mental decline, according to a new study. The idea of “use it or lose it” when it comes to our brains in later life has previously been widely accepted. The new Scottish study showed that people who regularly do intellectual […]