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‘Therapist reignited sex abuse trauma’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“Marie” says her counsellors offered to bath her The ineffective regulation of those practising talking therapies – such as counselling and psychotherapy – is leaving patients at risk of harm, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told. For two sexual abuse …

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‘Despicable’ fraud costs NHS in England £1bn a year

Image copyright Getty Images  More will be done to protect the NHS in England from “despicable” acts of fraud, the head of the health service’s new anti-fraud body has said. Sue Frith promised a crackdown as she released figures suggesting the yearly bill for fraud in the NHS topped £1bn. …

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Male infertility treatment ‘insensitive’

Image copyright Gareth Down  Image caption Gareth, who now has a son, says male fertility should be treated like any other medical condition Male infertility care can be insensitive and one-sided, says charity Fertility Network UK which has surveyed men seeking help to become fathers. Men can feel excluded, with …

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Just a few nights of bad sleep upsets your brain

Image copyright Getty Images   Thanks to the clocks going back, many of us managed to grab a little bit of extra shut-eye over the weekend. And that’s no bad thing because, as a country, we seem to be chronically sleep-deprived. According to the Sleep Council, the average Briton gets …

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Beware potential signs of pancreatic cancer

Image copyright Nikki Davies  Image caption Nikki is having chemotherapy to help prevent the cancer from returning One in three adults would ignore potential symptoms of pancreatic cancer, according to a charity. Stomach ache, indigestion, unexplained weight loss and faeces that float rather than sink in the lavatory can be …

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Judge rules mentally ill patient must have breast surgery

Image caption Bosses at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust asked for the ruling Doctors can operate on a mentally ill woman who does not accept her breast cancer diagnosis, a judge has ruled. The woman, who is in her 60s and has paranoid schizophrenia, maintains she “has …

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Scottish cancer death rates 61% higher among poor

Image copyright Science Photo Library   Death rates from cancer are 61% higher in the most deprived areas of Scotland, according to the latest figures. NHS Scotland found living in a poor area affected your chance of survival despite an 11% drop in the number of deaths from all cancers …

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Superbug-related deaths hit at least 15-year Wales low

Image copyright Getty Images   Deaths involving some of the most-common superbugs have hit their lowest levels in Wales for at least 15 years, official figures have shown. Statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show downward trends in deaths involving MRSA, C. difficile and Staphylococcus aureus continued in …

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Alzheimer’s nutrient drink falters in clinical trial

Image copyright Getty Images   There is no good evidence that a nutrient drink being sold online in the UK to “help” people with early Alzheimer’s actually slows the disease, say experts. Latest trial results in patients who took Souvenaid did not find it preserves memory and thinking. The authors …

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The £97m bill for ‘midwife shortage’

Image copyright Science Photo Library   UK maternity units are turning to expensive temporary staffing arrangements such as overtime and agency staff to plug gaps in midwife rotas, union leaders say. Royal College of Midwives data showed the bill hit nearly £100m in 2016, with services having to pay hourly …

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