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Tax over-40s for old age care, say MPs

Image copyright Getty Images A new tax for the over-40s in England should be introduced to help pay for elderly care for all, MPs say. Retired people should also be made to pay it if they have lucrative pensions or investments, two influential House of Commons’ committees said. The contribution – dubbed a social care […]

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‘I’ve been left devastated by Lyme disease’

Businessman John Caudwell – who made millions after setting up the Phones 4U chain – has told BBC Radio 5 live that he’s willing to pledge more than £1m of his own money to help fund Lyme Disease research, on the condition that the NHS match his investment. Several of Mr Caudwell’s family have been […]

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Cancer patients face ‘absurd’ travel insurance costs

Image copyright Getty Images Cancer patients are struggling to find affordable travel insurance, even long after treatment is finished, a report from the City watchdog has revealed. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), says it will now work with the industry to direct people to specialist cover. One trade body said it was “absurd” that such […]

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MP Carol Monaghan leads campaign for new ME treatment

Image copyright Ellie BunceImage caption ME sufferer Ellie Bunce was diagnosed when she was a student Chronic fatigue syndrome, or ME, is incorrectly treated, lacks sufficient funding and is poorly understood by many in the medical profession – according to an MP who has been campaigning in Parliament to change attitudes. During an emotional Westminster […]

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NHS use of ‘unsafe’ syringes to be examined

The government will examine claims the NHS was slow to take a “dangerous” automatic syringe out of service. It follows a whistleblower’s warning, reported in the Sunday Times, that the devices could have caused widespread deaths among elderly patients. The syringes, used to give powerful painkillers, were in use until 2015. Heath Secretary Jeremy Hunt […]

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Child obesity plan targets sweets at checkouts

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The plan proposes bans on sweets and junk food promotions in the aisles and online Sweets and fatty snacks sold at checkouts and as part of supermarket deals will be banned under new government proposals to halve childhood obesity in England by 2030. Tighter restrictions on junk food ads on […]

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Artists create Supershoes for children with cancer

A charity is sending out up to 20 pairs of custom-made shoes each week to children with cancer. Supershoes, based in Fenny Stratford, Buckinghamshire, has just delivered a pair of shoes to Aaron Pilcher, 10, who lives in Northamptonshire and was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma. The charity was founded in 2013 by Sarah Wright after she […]

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WHO gaming disorder listing a ‘moral panic’, say experts

Image copyright Getty Images The decision to class gaming addiction as a mental health disorder was “premature” and based on a “moral panic”, experts have said. The World Health Organization included “gaming disorder” in the latest version of its disease classification manual. But biological psychology lecturer Dr Peter Etchells said the move risked “pathologising” a […]

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Stem cell match brother ‘denied visa for life-saving op’

Image copyright Anthony Nolan Trust/Shirley KordieImage caption Amelia Chong, of the charity, said: “Put simply, Shirley will die without this stem cell transplant” A woman with a rare blood cancer is being denied a life-saving transplant from her brother because he doesn’t earn enough, a charity has said. Shirley Kordie, 33, has hypoplastic MDS and […]