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Stephen Hawking to take Hunt to court over NHS

Image copyright BBC/Richard Ansett A group of campaigners, including Prof Stephen Hawking, has been given permission to challenge a government health policy in the High Court. They will pursue a judicial review against Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS England over plans to create accountable care organisations (ACOs). These are to act as partnership bodies […]

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'I hope someone gives my life back to me'

Image caption Sabina (far right) had kidney failure when she was a baby and has had health problems since Three times a week, Sabina Saeed, 36, spends several hours hooked up to a machine which cleans her blood and keeps her alive – but she hates it with a passion. The routine means she can’t […]

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Isaiah Haastrup: Baby's life-support 'can be stopped'

Image copyright PA Image caption Isaiah, pictured with an aunt, suffered “catastrophic” brain damage, the court was told Doctors can stop life-support treatment to a brain-damaged 11-month-old against parents’ wishes, a High Court judge has said. Staff at King’s College Hospital said giving further treatment to Isaiah Haastrup was “not in his best interests”. Isaiah’s […]

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German shock at car exhaust tests on humans and monkeys

Image copyright EPA Image caption German carmakers have already been hit by a damaging scandal over cheating in emissions tests The German government has denounced experiments funded by German carmakers in which humans and monkeys reportedly inhaled diesel exhaust fumes. German media say the health impact research was done by EUGT, a body funded by […]

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Hull hospital office staff asked to volunteer on wards

Image copyright PA Image caption Routine operations at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital have been cancelled for eight days Office staff at two hospitals have been asked to help out on the wards after record numbers of patients were admitted amid winter pressures. The workers from Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust […]

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Scientists discover how giardia parasite makes you ill

Image copyright Getty Images It is a stomach bug known to afflict some backpackers with bouts of uncomfortable diarrhoea. Now scientists say they have discovered how the parasites that cause giardiasis – one of the world’s most common gastric diseases – make people ill. Giardia parasites mimic human cell functions to break apart cells in […]

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Concerns over A&E death rates at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd

Fears have been raised that too many people are dying at an emergency department in Denbighshire. The A&E unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan, had the highest death rate in Wales in 2016-17. Clwyd West AM Darren Millar said it was “not right” patients in north Wales were more likely to die. Betsi Cadwaladr University […]