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Contaminated blood victims ‘on the breadline’

Image copyright SPL People affected by the contaminated blood scandal “lost everything” and “had to live on the breadline” as they struggled financially, the chairman of the public inquiry says. In a letter to the Cabinet Office, Sir Brian Langstaff said “decisive action” was needed over the support available. There is a variety of schemes […]

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Mystery donor gives thousands to ill Shropshire boy

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMystery donor gives thousands to ill Shropshire boy A mystery donor has given £100,000 to an ill four-year-old boy to enable him to go to the US for potentially life-saving cancer treatment. The parents of Zac Oliver from Broseley, Shropshire, who has a rare strain of leukaemia, […]

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Self-lubricating condom designed to reduce infections

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have found a way to make self-lubricating latex condoms that become slippery on contact. It is thanks to a special, durable coating that should last throughout intercourse, says the team, backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They hope it will make condoms more appealing to use […]

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Dance lessons for the lonely – on the NHS

Image copyright Getty Images GPs in England are being given permission to prescribe patients “social” activities, such as dance classes, to tackle loneliness. The strategy, announced by Prime Minister Theresa May, will also see postal delivery workers checking in on isolated people during their rounds. The government says about 200,000 older people have not had […]

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New checks to crack down on free prescription fraud

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption England is the only part of the UK which charges for prescriptions Patients claiming free prescriptions in England face checks before medicine is issued in an effort to stamp out fraud. Prescription fraud currently costs the NHS in England an estimated £256m a year. A new digitised system to be […]