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Medic suspended over Tipton mother's sepsis death

Image copyright Family photo Image caption Natalie Billingham’s family said they want to know why her condition wasn’t diagnosed sooner. A medic has been suspended after a mother-of-six died from a rare form of sepsis. Natalie Billingham, 33, from Tipton died 72 hours after going to A&E at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley with flu-like […]

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Ex-MP Tessa Jowell first to donate data to medical database

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTessa Jowell opens up about living with brain cancer Baroness Tessa Jowell has become the first person to donate her medical information to a new global database. The ex-culture secretary, who has an aggressive brain tumour, said she hoped that the Universal Cancer Databank would help develop […]

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Hospitals recruit managers faster than doctors and nurses

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are about 3,600 more management staff in NHS trusts than in 2013 Hospitals in England have recruited managers at a higher rate than doctors and nurses, BBC analysis of official figures reveals. Since 2013, an additional 3,600 managers started at NHS trusts compared with 8,300 more doctors and […]

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Being a patient 'a full-time job'

Image copyright Getty Images Being a patient is a “full-time job”, say researchers, because more people are likely to have multiple conditions. The Academy of Medical Sciences said doctors were seeing a clustering of different physical and mental health conditions in a single patient never previously seen together before. It means people can end up […]

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Hans Asperger ‘collaborated with Nazis’ in WWII

Image copyright TOPFOTO Image caption Asperger’s syndrome was first identified by Prof Asperger in 1944 Newly uncovered documents suggest Hans Asperger, the paediatrician whose name describes a form of autism, was actively involved in the Nazi regime’s euthanasia programme in Austria. The evidence comes from previously unexamined Nazi-era documents and patient records. They suggest Dr […]

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Thalassaemia gene therapy trial shows 'encouraging' results

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption High blood iron levels from regular blood transfusions require treatment in patients with thalassaemia Scientists say they are “excited” by the results of a gene therapy trial for the inherited blood disorder beta-thalassaemia, which reduced the need for blood transfusions. In 22 patients, blood stem cells were extracted, […]

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Keeping livers 'alive' boosts transplant success, trial finds

Image copyright David Nasralla Image caption The normothermic perfusion machine pumps oxygenated blood and nutrients into livers outside the body Keeping donated livers “alive” with a machine prior to transplants boosts the chances of a successful operation, a landmark trial has found. Usually livers are kept in ice prior before the surgery, but many become […]