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  • UK's first consumption room for illegal drugs given go-ahead
    on September 27, 2023 at 11:41 am

    It will involve users taking their own illegal drugs in a hygienic environment under supervision. […]

  • Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust admits failures over deaths
    on September 26, 2023 at 4:40 pm

    Christie Harnett, 17, and another woman took their own lives at separate hospitals in Middlesbrough. […]

  • Lib Dem leader Ed Davey pledges two-month cancer treatment guarantee
    on September 26, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    The Lib Dem leader launches an all-out attack on the Tories' NHS record in his conference speech. […]

  • Vapes '95% safer' than cigarettes messaging backfired
    on September 26, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    The messaging around vaping may be driving children and teens to take up the habit, says expert. […]

  • New Covid and flu dashboard launched for England
    on September 26, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    It will track cases of a number of winter illnesses to help monitor pressure on the NHS. […]

  • Sick days at work hit highest level for 10 years
    on September 26, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    Workers are taking more days off due to stress, Covid and the cost-of living crisis, research suggests. […]

  • UK-produced pandemic flu vaccine deal agreed by government
    on September 26, 2023 at 11:52 am

    The UK Health Security Agency's agreement enables the production of millions of influenza vaccines. […]

  • Newcastle Hospitals says computer error lost patient letters
    on September 26, 2023 at 9:53 am

    The healthcare regulator seeks urgent assurances over patient safety at Newcastle Hospitals. […]

  • Addenbrooke's Hospital children's bone marrow transplant service opens
    on September 26, 2023 at 5:51 am

    Will Grocott, 15, is the first to receive treatment from the service at Addenbrooke's Hospital. […]

  • Skin cancer: BBC's Anna Varle shares basal cell carcinoma experience
    on September 26, 2023 at 5:03 am

    BBC journalist Anna Varle shares her experience of skin cancer to raise awareness. […]

  • Pakistan probes distributors of Roche cancer drug after patients go blind
    on September 26, 2023 at 2:02 am

    LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistan said on Monday (Sept 25) it was investigating two local distributors of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche's  Avastin cancer drug after 12 diabetic patients injected with the drug went blind. The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) said the health authorities in Punjab, the most populous province, had launched the investigation into local use of the drug Avastin, which is licenced for use in Pakistan. "Incidents of loss of vision in diabetic patients have been reported following treatment with Altered/Dispensed/Diluted Avastin injection," the regulator said in a statement. Javed Akram, the province's Minister for Specialised Health, said police were questioning two men they believe to be the drug's distributors in the state. "A high level committee has been constituted to probe the issue. A case has been registered against the distributor and his aide," Akram said. Following the incidents, the DRAP instructed the importer to recall the suspected batches of Avastin 100mg injection, which it said had been created illegally. […]

  • GPs' lack of asthma testing is abysmal, charity says
    on September 26, 2023 at 12:24 am

    Asthma and Lung UK says people with breathing difficulties are being denied the diagnosis they need. […]

  • Breast cancer: The Asian survivors tackling taboo in the community
    on September 25, 2023 at 11:48 pm

    Asian women are being encouraged to push past cultural stigma and get checked for breast cancer. […]

  • NHS strikes: More than a million appointments cancelled in England
    on September 25, 2023 at 4:34 pm

    There are calls for both sides to end the doctors' pay row, ahead of joint strike action next week. […]

  • Lasik surgery in Singapore 2023: Where to go and how much does it cost?
    on September 24, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    Going on holiday with a bunch of Singaporeans but forgot your contact lens solution? Someone else will most certainly have some with them. Why? Because Singapore has the dubious honour of being the myopia capital of the world. That means that almost anyone who’s not wearing glasses is either wearing contact lenses or has gotten LASIK surgery done. LASIK certainly sounds tempting, as you’ll never again have to deal with your glasses fogging up when you eat instant noodles or buy travel sized bottles of contact lens solution before a trip. But as with all things in Singapore, the big question is: how much does it cost? Let’s examine the options available at private clinics as well as the Singapore National Eye Centre. What is LASIK? LASIK is short for Laser-Assisted In situ Keratomileusis. It’s a mouthful, so we appreciate the acronym. LASIK is a type of eye surgery where a laser is used to sculpt the cornea to improve short-sightedness (myopia), far-sightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. […]

  • 10 best fertility clinics in Singapore: Learn about fertility health and treatments
    by Patricia Wang on September 24, 2023 at 10:00 am

    There comes a time when married couples want to transition into becoming a family and start trying to have children. However, this may mark the start of a long and arduous journey for some couples. As a matter of fact, fertility problems are not as uncommon as you may think. An estimated 15 per cent of couples in Singapore are reportedly unable to conceive within 12 months of trying. Thus, it is recommended to go to your local fertility clinic regularly for check-ups and assessments. When should you seek professional help in a fertility clinic? The topic of fertility is not commonly discussed and often considered quite taboo, basically existing only in hushed and private conversations. This can thus lead to a plethora of misconceptions and falsehoods which can, unfortunately, result in couples seeking help after it is already too late. Generally, you should make regular visits to your fertility clinic to keep updated about your fertility health. Without a doubt, getting checkups regularly will enable prompt diagnosis of any conditions that could potentially affect fertility. […]

  • What you need to know about Covid as new variant rises
    on September 23, 2023 at 11:15 pm

    Hospital admissions have risen since the summer and a new variant is spreading. Should we be concerned? […]

  • Strengthen your relationship: Top 10 marriage counselling services in Singapore
    by Pheona Ilagan on September 23, 2023 at 12:15 pm

    Maintaining a strong and healthy marriage is a journey filled with ups and downs. When challenges arise, seeking professional guidance can make all the difference in the world. Fortunately, Singapore offers a range of excellent marriage counselling services designed to help couples work through their issues and foster stronger bonds. Strengthening Families Programme@Family Service Centres The Strengthening Families Programme@Family Service Centres (FAM@FSCs) offers face-to-face counselling services where clients can meet with a counsellor individually or as a couple. These services are open to Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, or individuals with a Singapore nexus, defined as having a family member who is a Singapore Citizen or a Permanent Resident. […]

  • Essential dengue prevention tips you must be aware of to safeguard your home
    by Sophiyanah David on September 22, 2023 at 3:33 am

    If you're not already aware of the rising dengue cases, have you been living under a rock? …And did you check it for mosquitoes? But fear not; we'll get you up to speed. In this article, we'll take you through the current case numbers, what the National Environment Agency (NEA) is doing to tackle this issue, and most importantly, dengue prevention tips to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community from this growing health threat. The buzzing numbers First things first - the statistics paint a concerning picture. To put it into perspective, in the week ending Sept 16, 2023, a whopping 330 dengue cases were reported, a spike of 69 cases compared to the previous week. There are currently 58 active dengue clusters, and a striking 11 of them have raised the red flag, indicating clusters with ten or more cases. Some areas are seeing dengue transmission at warp speed - take a look at the table below for a quick summary. Adding to the challenge, 26 Zika cases have been reported so far this year. The good news is that the 15-case Zika cluster at Highland Walk, Kovan Rd, and Upp Serangoon Rd has been contained and closed. […]

  • Girl receives UK's first rejection-free kidney from mum
    on September 22, 2023 at 2:39 am

    Doctors reprogrammed eight-year-old Aditi's immune system so she does not need daily anti-rejection drugs. […]

  • Australia to hold independent enquiry into handling of Covid pandemic
    on September 21, 2023 at 8:49 am

    SYDNEY — Australia's centre-left Labour government on Thursday (Sept 21) said it would hold an independent enquiry into the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic to better prepare for future health crises. Australia closed its international borders and locked down cities among other pandemic restrictions that helped keep infections and deaths far below levels in other comparable developed economies such as the United States and UK. It shifted to living with the virus in early 2022 after a majority of the population was vaccinated. A three-member panel, which includes an epidemiologist, public service expert and economist, will conduct the enquiry, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese told a media conference. […]

  • Student's 'freshers' flu' turned out to be meningitis
    on September 21, 2023 at 5:27 am

    A student who ignored the symptoms of meningitis urges others to be aware of the signs. […]

  • Where Ukraine’s army of amputees go to repair their lives
    on September 21, 2023 at 5:01 am

    Orla Guerin visits a hospital and clinic in Ukraine, where 15,000 lost limbs in the first half of 2023. […]

  • Extreme sun protection to blame? Woman in China fractures ribs after coughing
    by Candice Cai on September 20, 2023 at 8:15 am

    One woman in China found out the hard way that vanity has its price. A 32-year-old woman from Hangzhou reportedly landed herself in hospital after fracturing her ribs from coughing, Chinese media reported.  The woman, who was given a pseudonym, Lu, recalled how she had awoken in pain after experiencing a coughing fit. A CT scan of her chest found that Lu had a rib fracture on her right side, reported Red Star News. Despite her relatively young age, Lu was later diagnosed with osteoporosis, which is caused by calcium or vitamin D deficiencies.  According to sources online, post-menopausal women above the age of 50 are most at risk for developing the disease, which results in low bone mass. The condition afflicts one in five women in that age bracket, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. […]

  • Covid booster: Who can get another jab this autumn?
    on September 19, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    Covid vaccine rules are changing, but those most at risk are being offered another jab this autumn. […]

  • What to do if you have Covid: Symptoms, tests and can you go to work or school?
    on September 19, 2023 at 10:12 am

    No Covid restrictions are in place across the UK, so how should you manage having it? […]

  • China to manage monkeypox as disease on par with Covid-19
    on September 15, 2023 at 8:57 am

    BEIJING - China plans to manage monkeypox in the same way it handles infectious diseases such as Covid-19 starting from Sept 20, health authorities said on Friday (Sept 15), after detecting around 500 cases of the viral infection last month. Monkeypox will be managed under Category B protocols, the National Health Commission (NHC) said in a statement. Under this category, China could take emergency measures such as restricting gatherings, suspending work and school or sealing off areas when there is an outbreak of a disease. Category B infectious diseases currently include Covid-19, Aids and Sars. "Over 20 provinces have reported monkeypox cases in China since the first imported case in September 2022 and the beginning of locally transmitted cases in June 2023, triggering continued outbreaks and 'hidden' transmissions," the NHC said. China puts infectious diseases into three classes, with the top level Category A giving authorities the power to quarantine patients and their close contacts. […]

  • Meditate to beat stress blood pressure, say guidelines
    on September 15, 2023 at 8:00 am

    There is enough scientific evidence for some less conventional "body and mind" approaches, say experts. […]

  • Family provide free holidays in memory of son
    on September 15, 2023 at 4:56 am

    Archie's Caravan in Filey provides free holidays to families also facing childhood cancer. […]

  • No more free masks? More clinics asking maskless patients and visitors to pay for one
    by Kolette Lim on September 15, 2023 at 1:24 am

    SINGAPORE — When Ms Wee Jing Xuan visited Macpherson Medical Clinic for her human papillomavirus vaccination appointment in August, she had to pay 10 cents at the reception, even before she saw the doctor. When Ms Wee entered the clinic, the receptionist told her it was compulsory to wear a mask and prompted her to buy one.  The National University of Singapore undergraduate, 22, said: "I don't see anyone wearing masks any more, so I had forgotten that there were still existing measures, and it was still compulsory to wear a mask to the clinic." After making people wear masks for public health reasons for more than two years because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Singapore eased its mask mandate on Feb 13, 2023. But masks are still required in certain settings, including at hospitals, clinics and residential care homes. Now, more clinics are charging for masks, and visitors who show up without one have to pay between 10 cents and 50 cents a piece. For example, all seven polyclinics under the National Healthcare Group (NHG) started charging 30 cents for an individually packed mask from Tuesday.&nbs […]

  • NHS to introduce Martha's rule for hospital patients
    on September 14, 2023 at 10:18 am

    The NHS must ensure patients know they have the right to a second opinion, the health secretary says. […]

  • US FDA panel says popular decongestant used in cold medicines ineffective
    on September 13, 2023 at 1:27 am

    An outside panel of experts to the US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday (Sept 12) refused to back the effectiveness of oral over-the-counter (OTC) medicines made with phenylephrine, an ingredient widely used in cold and cough syrups. The panel unanimously voted against the effectiveness of orally administered phenylephrine as a nasal decongestant, adding that no more trials were required to prove otherwise. The panel vote could lead to the removal of oral phenylephrine, which is a major component of popular products like Benadryl, Advil and Tylenol, from the FDA's list of approved OTC ingredients, barring its sale in the United States. The FDA usually follows the recommendations of its expert panel but is not obligated to do so. "The patient community requires and deserves medications that treat their symptoms safely and effectively and I don't believe that this medication does that," said Jennifer Schwartzott, one of the FDA panelists. Kenvue, the maker of Tylenol, and GSK, which markets Advil, did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment. […]

  • Female surgeons sexually assaulted while operating
    on September 12, 2023 at 3:00 pm

    Trainees are being abused by senior male surgeons, a major analysis given to the BBC reveals. […]

  • Martha's rule: Mother shares trauma over daughter's death
    on September 12, 2023 at 8:59 am

    Martha Mills, 13, died when doctors failed to spot and treat a sepsis infection early enough. […]

  • Captain Sir Tom Moore: What has happened to his legacy?
    on September 8, 2023 at 8:09 am

    How much money did Captain Tom raise and why is his family under the spotlight? […]

  • Turkey surgery warning as mother-of-four dies after gastric sleeve
    on September 6, 2023 at 1:22 pm

    Shannon Meenan Browse died from malnutrition after gastric sleeve surgery in Turkey 18 months ago. […]

  • Hundreds of UK women can now take legal action over Essure device
    on September 5, 2023 at 3:21 am

    They say the sterilisation device left them in pain - but the manufacturer defends its safety. […]

  • Teenage vaping: ‘I’ll have puffs as I’m falling asleep’
    on September 4, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    Seventeen-year-old Leia is one of a growing number of teenage vapers - but she’s trying hard to quit. […]

  • Covid and flu winter jabs to be brought forward in England
    on August 30, 2023 at 5:11 pm

    Vaccines for the most vulnerable will start being given in September instead of October in England. […]

  • Anthony Fauci on the recent spike in Covid cases
    on August 29, 2023 at 12:18 am

    Anthony Fauci tells the BBC's Katty Kay that 96% of the US population has a degree of immunity. […]

  • NHS consultant strike: How pay compares globally
    on August 24, 2023 at 4:06 am

    Analysis suggests senior doctor pay a little behind Germany and Ireland but higher than Spain and Italy. […]

  • What the babies' parents told Lucy Letby as she was sentenced
    on August 21, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    The dad of two murdered boys says "it destroyed me", and a mum says she relives an attack "every day". […]

  • Should we be worried about Covid this winter?
    on August 17, 2023 at 5:20 am

    Experts are not too concerned about a new variant of Covid but say monitoring should continue. […]

  • Bryan Johnson: Meet the multi-millionaire trying to reverse ageing
    on August 13, 2023 at 7:48 am

    With a team of 30 scientists, tech entrepreneur Bryan Johnson spends millions on his body every year. […]

  • How much do junior doctors really get paid in England?
    on August 11, 2023 at 12:51 pm

    The BBC asked two junior doctors in England to show us their payslips and reveal their salaries. […]

  • What we know about the Covid variant EG.5 dubbed 'Eris'
    on August 10, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    The World Health Organisation declared the variant of interest, with cases reported in 51 countries. […]

  • Covid Inquiry: What have we learnt so far?
    on July 20, 2023 at 12:55 am

    The first phase of the Covid Inquiry has come to an end. What have we learnt over the past six weeks? […]

  • 'Patients paying the price' for strikes - NHS chief executive
    on July 2, 2023 at 10:01 am

    Amanda Pritchard says patients are facing disruption for "both sides" failing to find agreement in a dispute over pay in the health service. […]

  • Matt Hancock says UK's pandemic strategy was completely wrong
    on June 27, 2023 at 5:20 pm

    Planning focused more on burying the dead than averting disaster, ex-health secretary says. […]

  • Covid Inquiry: Abuse of experts must stop, says Whitty
    on June 22, 2023 at 3:44 pm

    Sir Chris laments treatment as he gives evidence to Covid Inquiry on pandemic preparedness. […]