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Busting the myths around sex virus HPV

Image copyright Laura FlahertyImage caption “I thought my partner was cheating when I was diagnosed with HPV” High levels of shame and ignorance are associated with HPV, the sexually-transmitted virus which affects 80% of people, a survey has discovered. The government is rolling out HPV testing as part of routine screenings for cervical cancer. Nearly […]

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Women ‘struggling to access contraception’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLisa Hardin had to wait two months for an appointment to fit a contraceptive implant Doctors are warning that contraceptive access is at a “crossroads”, with services being cut across England. Figures seen exclusively by the BBC show half of councils have cut, or plan to cut, […]

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Cancers ‘rising around the world’

Image copyright Science Photo Library There will be 18.1 million new cases of cancer and 9.6 million people will die with the disease this year worldwide, a report predicts. The rise, from 14.1 million cases and 8.2 million deaths in 2012, is partly due to a growing and ageing population. The figures suggest one in […]

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Egg freezing in your 40s ‘not sensible’

Image copyright Getty Images Clinics must make it clear that there is little point in women over 40 freezing their eggs, because the odds of a future pregnancy are very slim, says UK fertility regulator the HFEA. Fertility declines with age, so the optimum time for egg freezing is before a woman turns 35, it […]

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Enhanced flu jab to save ‘hundreds of lives’

Image copyright Science Photo LibraryImage caption NHS staff are encouraged to have the vaccination to protect patients and the public An enhanced flu jab for elderly people will save hundred of lives this winter, according to Public Health England. Flu is far more dangerous in old age. The effectiveness of flu jabs notoriously declines as […]

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NHS vacancies a ‘national emergency’

Image copyright Getty Images The shortage of NHS staff in England has started worsening again, official figures show. One in 11 posts is vacant with the situation particularly bad among the nursing workforce. Experts described the situation as at risk of becoming a “national emergency” given the rising demands on the NHS. It comes after […]

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St George’s Hospital suspends complex heart surgery

Image copyright PAImage caption St George’s hospital carries out about 1,000 cardiac operations every year Complex heart operations at a London hospital will be moved elsewhere for “improvements to be made”, bosses say. About 100 people will be affected by the plan to transfer complex procedures from St George’s Hospital in Tooting to other hospitals […]

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Millions spent hiring NI nurses from Scottish agency

Image copyright Getty Images Northern Ireland’s five health trusts spent almost £12m hiring staff through a Scottish nursing agency in the past financial year. The £11,562,158 total cost for 2017/18 represents a threefold increase in the space of three years (in 2015/16 it was £3,872,008). The Scottish Nursing Guild (SNG) provides nurses to each of […]

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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 […]