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Beauty sleep is a real thing, research shows

Beauty sleep is a real thing, research shows

Image copyright MilanMarkovic/Getty images Beauty sleep is a real thing, according to researchers who have shown that people who miss out on sleep do appear less attractive to others. A couple of bad nights is enough to make a person look “significantly” more ugly, their sleep experiments suggest. Dark-circled “panda” eyes and puffy lids can […]

Private surgery ‘needs better patient safety regulation’

Private surgery ‘needs better patient safety regulation’

Image copyright Getty Images The Royal College of Surgeons has called for a review of the way private hospitals are regulated, following the case of Ian Paterson. The surgeon was convicted last month of unlawfully wounding patients during breast surgery at private clinics in the West Midlands. He is due to be sentenced this month. […]

NHS cyber attack: A&Es ‘fully open’ again

NHS cyber attack: A&Es ‘fully open’ again

Image copyright EPA Patients are no longer being diverted away from accident and emergency units following the cyber attack, NHS England says. When the computer virus struck on Friday 47 trusts were affected and seven had to close their doors in A&E to ambulances. Some routine surgery and GP appointments were also cancelled across the […]

Cancer drug price hike company investigated

Cancer drug price hike company investigated

Image copyright SPL The European Commission has launched an investigation into claims that drug company Aspen Pharma excessively increased prices of five life-saving cancer medicines. The drugs include chlorambucil and busulfan – used to treat leukaemia. The Commission said it was looking at claims that Aspen imposed “very significant and unjustified” price hikes. The company […]

Road accidents biggest global killer of teenagers

Road accidents biggest global killer of teenagers

Image copyright Chananchida/Getty images Road traffic injuries are the biggest killer of teenagers globally, international data released by the World Health Organization reveals. In 2015, more than 1.2 million adolescents died. Road injuries were to blame for about one in 10 of these deaths. Most of the road fatalities involved males between the ages of […]

Union condemns cuts to school nurses

Union condemns cuts to school nurses

Image copyright Science Photo Library Cuts to crucial services are jeopardising the health of England’s children, nursing leaders are warning. The Royal College of Nursing highlighted figures showing reductions in the numbers of school nurses and health visitors. The union said government cuts to public health budgets – held by local authorities – were to […]

Plant chemicals hope for ‘alternative contraceptives’

Plant chemicals hope for ‘alternative contraceptives’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Could chemicals from wild plants be the key to a new generation of contraceptives? Two compounds normally found in wild plants could make good alternatives to emergency contraceptives – if scientists only knew where to get enough of them. Chemicals from dandelion root and the “thunder god vine” plant […]

NHS cyber-attack: No ‘second spike’ but disruption continues

NHS cyber-attack: No ‘second spike’ but disruption continues

Media captionJeremy Hunt: “80% of the NHS was unaffected” A “second spike” in cyber-attacks has not hit the NHS but some hospital trusts are suffering ongoing disruption due to Friday’s ransomware attack. Routine surgery and GP appointments have been cancelled across the NHS as it recovers from the global outbreak. But the number of hospitals […]

General election: Labour’s ‘£7.4bn a year extra for NHS’

General election: Labour’s ‘£7.4bn a year extra for NHS’

Image copyright PA Image caption Labour is planning to borrow billions to part fund their NHS investment plans Labour says it will spend an extra £37bn on the NHS in England over the next five years if it wins power. The investment, including £10bn on upgrading IT systems and repairing buildings, would be funded by […]

NHS cyber-attack: Use services wisely, patients urged

NHS cyber-attack: Use services wisely, patients urged

Image copyright EPA The public has been urged to use the NHS “wisely” as it discovers the full impact of Friday’s global cyber-attack. NHS England said there was a “complex emerging picture”, amid concerns over thousands of computers being switched back on after the weekend. Seven trusts out of 47 that were hit are still […]