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Calls for abortion clinic buffer zones rejected

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAre women seeking abortions being harassed? Calls for buffer zones to be introduced outside abortion clinics to stop patients being harassed have been rejected by Home Secretary Sajid Javid. He said such protest-free areas around clinics in England and Wales “would not be a proportionate response”. A […]

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Second patient may have drunk toilet cleaner

Image copyright Family handoutImage caption Joan Blaber, 85, died at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in September last year An inquest into the death of a woman who died after drinking cleaning fluid has heard another patient at the same hospital may have drunk toilet cleaner. Joan Blaber, 85, from Lewes, died while being treated […]

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Rachel Day died of sepsis 10 days after diagnosis

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRachel Day was a healthy, happy 29-year-old – then she was struck down by sepsis Rachel Day’s mum Bernie had been trying to get hold of her all morning. When she finally did, instead of relief all she felt was terror. Her daughter was screaming uncontrollably and […]

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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 […]