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Having HPV ‘isn’t rude or shameful’

Image copyright Claire Bolton Image caption Claire wants to raise awareness about HPV and cervical cancer Having human papilloma virus (HPV) is not rude or shameful and is extremely common, experts say. It comes as a survey of 2,000 women shows there are still stigmas around the infection, which can be passed on during sex […]

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Cannabis use in teens linked to depression

Image copyright Science Photo Library Parents should not be complacent about the risks of teenagers using cannabis, experts are warning. UK and Canada researchers said they had found “robust” evidence linking one in 14 cases of depression in the under-35s to use of the drug in adolescence, although there was no definitive proof. They said […]

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Send patients email not letters, GPs told

Image copyright Getty Images GPs in England must start routinely using email instead of sending letters to communicate with patients, the health secretary says. Matt Hancock wants email to become the default option by 2021. He said there was no reason why doctors could not email a test result or prescription – although people who […]

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Fear wrong metal plates used to fix fractures

Image copyright Getty Images The wrong metal plates may have been inserted into patients who have broken bones, the NHS has admitted. Hospitals have been asked to review the X-rays of patients treated with metal plates for the fracture of long bones, such as arms and legs, in the past year. Patients at one trust […]

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Young people told – become a care worker

Image copyright Provided by govt press office Image caption Bradley McKenzie used to work as a fitness instructor, but now provides care to people with mental health and alcohol problems Young people in England are being targeted by the government in a bid to recruit thousands of more care workers. The Every Day is Different […]

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Is young people’s mental health getting worse?

Image copyright Newscast Online Poor mental health among children and young people has been described as an epidemic and an “escalating crisis”. The number of children seeking help from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Camhs) in England, has more than doubled over the past two years. But establishing how much of this represents an […]

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Patients owe Scots NHS £3.2m in treatment costs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption GPs are not required to establish a patient’s country of origin before treatment A failure to identify those patients not entitled to free NHS care is costing Scotland’s health boards hundreds of thousands of pounds a year. Holyrood’s health committee made the claim after figures showed NHS Scotland was […]

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Knife crime: 1,000 young victims hospitalised last year

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPC Rob Pedley: “You’re carrying the county’s number one murder weapon” More than 1,000 10 to 19-year-olds were admitted to hospital with knife wounds in 2017/18. The figure, from NHS England, reveal a 54% rise in the number of children and teenagers treated for injuries from knives […]

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Measles cases in Europe tripled last year, WHO says

Image copyright Getty Images Measles cases in Europe tripled between 2017 and 2018 to 82,596 – the highest number recorded this decade, data from the World Health Organization shows. While vaccination rates are improving, the WHO says coverage is not high enough to prevent circulation of the virus in many countries. Ukraine reported the highest […]

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‘X-factor’ golf swing linked to back pain

Image copyright Getty Images Striving for a supercharged golf swing could play havoc with your back, according to US doctors. The modern “X-factor” swing favoured by many professionals may hit balls harder and further but it can also put extra strain on the spine, the Barrow Neurological Institute experts say. They look at the example […]