Scientists “Tantalisingly Close” to Process to Create “Limitless” Human Blood Cells

May 23rd, 2017

Twenty years of research into the use of stem cells to generate human blood has led to the potential for “limitless” blood supplies by turning adult cells into stem cells, which can in turn create any type of blood cell, researchers claim. This could reduce the risk of shortages for people with poor immune systems, […]

NHS crippled by widespread cyber attacks

May 16th, 2017

Hundreds of patients have had procedures cancelled and there have been major disruptions across the country as a result of vicious cyber-attacks. Hospitals and GP surgeries across the UK are trying to recover after attacks, which hit companies and organisations across the world, left computer systems paralysed on Friday (12th May). Computers were on lock […]

New study suggests more than half of vapers have quit smoking

May 9th, 2017

A new study suggests that more than half of vapers in the UK have quit smoking. Research conducted by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) found that more than 50 percent of people using e-cigarettes in the UK have given up smoking. This is the first time figures have reached the over 50 percent benchmark. […]

New research links non-O blood types with elevated heart attack risk

May 2nd, 2017

A new study suggests that you may have a slightly higher risk of having a heart attack if you have a non-O blood type. Scientists in the Netherlands believe that people who have A, B or AB blood types have a greater likelihood to have a heart attack than those who have blood type O. Findings from […]

Patient still waiting to leave hospital 4 years after being declared fit for discharge

April 25th, 2017

A patient who has been fit to leave hospital is still awaiting discharge as a result of a lack of suitable care arrangements outside of a hospital setting, it has been revealed. The patient, who has not been named, was declared fit for discharge four years ago, but it is still occupying a hospital bed […]

Nurses consider striking over pay

April 18th, 2017
Nurses consider striking over pay

The Royal College of Nursing is weighing up the possibility of strike action over pay, it has been confirmed. Representatives from the body claim that nurses have suffered a pay cut of 14 percent in real terms over the course of the last seven years as a result of pay freezes and an increase in […]

Scotland to become the first UK nation to fund ‘game-changing’ HIV drug

April 11th, 2017
Scotland to become the first UK nation to fund ‘game-changing’ HIV drug

Scotland is to become the first UK nation to fund a ‘game-changing’ HIV drug, the NHS has confirmed. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has agreed to find the provision of a drug known as Prep, which is found to reduce the risk of contracting HIV dramatically. Researchers have discovered that taking the drug on a […]

British Heart Foundation issues warning as report shows shocking inactivity levels in Britain

April 4th, 2017

The British Heart Foundation has issued a warning after a report revealed that 20 million people in Britain could be described as “inactive.” Recent research suggests that inactivity costs the NHS more than £1.2 billion per year. It is a major risk factor for heart disease, and can also increase the risk of type 2 […]

MPs urge the government to ban multi-buy offers in a bid to cut childhood obesity

March 28th, 2017

MPs from the Health Select Committee have urged the government to ban multi-buy offers on unhealthy foods in a bid to reduce the number of obese children. The group believes that the government needs to do more to reduce rates of childhood obesity, which have been increasing steadily for years. A report by the committee […]

Campaign group issues warning as hot chocolate is found to contain more salt than a bag of crisps

March 21st, 2017

The campaign group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (Cash) has issued a warning after studies revealed that many shop-bought hot chocolate products contain more salt per serving than a bag of ready salted crisps. Research revealed that Galaxy Ultimate Marshmallow Hot Chocolate powder contains 2.5g of salt per 100g. This is way above the target […]

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