Vv0z0Q - Have you got the wrong impression about schizophrenia? General 

Have you got the wrong impression about schizophrenia?

Have you got the wrong impression about schizophrenia? Schizophrenia does not mean you have a split personality or automatically become violent, a mental health charity has warned. Rethink Mental Illness said a survey of 1,500 people showed that the condition is widely misunderstood. Schizophrenia commonly causes hallucinations, such as hearing voices, or delusions and can make people lose interest in life. But it should not be “a dirty word or a term of abuse”, the charity said. The organisation warned such myths are dangerous. One in 100 people is affected…

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'Kinder treatments in pipeline' for child brain cancer

‘Kinder treatments in pipeline’ for child brain cancer Researchers have found there are seven types of the most common malignant child brain cancer – paving the way for more precise, “kinder” treatments. Medulloblastoma affects about 70 to 80 children a year in the UK and requires intensive treatment including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. That can leave children with life-altering injuries. But the breakthrough means targeted treatments could be developed and some of the side-effects avoided. The finding, reported in Lancet Oncology, has been welcomed by families affected by the condition,…

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Every childhood vaccine may go into a single jab

Every childhood vaccine may go into a single jab A technology that could eventually see every childhood vaccine delivered in a single injection has been developed by US researchers. Their one-shot solution stores the vaccine in microscopic capsules that release the initial dose and then boosters at specific times. The approach has been shown to work in mouse studies, described in the journal Science. The researchers say the technology could help patients around the world. Childhood immunisations come with tears and screams. And there are a lot of them. Diphtheria,…

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Roger Bainton: Surgeon struck off for harming patients

Roger Bainton: Surgeon struck off for harming patients Media playback is unsupported on your device A facial surgeon has been struck off the medical register to “protect the public” after harming his patients. Roger Bainton carried out dozens of unnecessary operations and “experimental procedures” while working at Royal Stoke University Hospital from 2005 to 2013. In the 1990s he was severely reprimanded by the General Medical Council over a death in Scotland. Lawyers are asking why he was ever hired by the Staffordshire hospital. The trust said he was employed…

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6H7TBm - NHS workers demand 3.9% pay rise General 

NHS workers demand 3.9% pay rise

NHS workers demand 3.9% pay rise Unions representing nurses and other NHS staff have written to the chancellor to demand a 3.9% pay rise and an extra £800 to make up for the “cut” they have seen in recent years. Fourteen unions have joined together to ask for the increase, saying pay has fallen by 15% since 2010 once inflation is taken into account. They said it was unfair ministers had selectively lifted the cap by agreeing a rise for police and prison officers. The unions have over a million…

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KPRj99 - Type 2 diabetes plan targets those at high risk General 

Type 2 diabetes plan targets those at high risk

Type 2 diabetes plan targets those at high risk People with the very highest risk of developing type 2 diabetes are being prioritised for places on NHS lifestyle change programmes. Updated guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said this would cover 1.7m people in England. The programmes help people to change their diet and do more exercise. The guidance reaffirms that all adults over 40 should go and see their GP for a diabetes risk assessment. Adults with conditions such as obesity, stroke or high…

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lMugwi - Georgian-era STI data shows rural-urban divide in Cheshire General 

Georgian-era STI data shows rural-urban divide in Cheshire

Georgian-era STI data shows rural-urban divide in Cheshire Chester’s Georgian residents were eight times more likely to have syphilis than their rural neighbours, a study of sex and disease in the period has found. About 8% of the city’s under-35s were infected, compared to 1% in the countryside, according to the study’s author Prof Simon Szreter. It was no “hotbed of prostitution” though and equal numbers of men and women suffered from “the pox”, he said. However, he added that city dwellers did have more “non-marital sex”. ‘Sexual opportunity’ Prof…

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Women 'more likely to lose interest in sex than men'

Women ‘more likely to lose interest in sex than men’ Women are more than twice as likely as men to lack interest in sex when living with a partner, a study of British sexual attitudes suggests. It found that while men and women lost passion with age, women were often left cold by longer relationships. Overall, poor health and a lack of emotional closeness affected both men’s and women’s desire for sex. The findings are based on the experiences of nearly 5,000 men and 6,700 women, published in BMJ Open….

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More pregnant women to get Group B Strep treatment

More pregnant women to get Group B Strep treatment All pregnant women who go into labour too soon should be given antibiotics to protect their baby from a potentially deadly infection called Group B Strep (GBS), say new guidelines. Hundreds of newborn babies a year in the UK catch it. With prompt treatment, most can make a full recovery. Currently, two in every 20 infected babies develops a disability and one in every 20 dies. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists wants to change this. It says any woman…

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4JmQmS - Ian Paterson: Victims of disgraced surgeon get £37m General 

Ian Paterson: Victims of disgraced surgeon get £37m

Ian Paterson: Victims of disgraced surgeon get £37m Around 750 victims of rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson are to be paid compensation from a new £37m fund. Private healthcare firm Spire has agreed to pay £27.2m, with £10m coming from Paterson’s insurers and the Heart of England NHS Trust. Paterson was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent in April after a trial at Nottingham Crown Court. In August, he had his 15-year jail term increased to 20 years after the Appeal Court ruled his term was too…

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