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28/05/2010NHS in Manchester begins rationing procedures
Government cutbacks in NHS funding appear to be taking effect as a trust in Manchester has begun rationing certain procedures. Under a policy drawn up by the Association of Greater Manchester Primary Care...
28/05/2010'Staggering' new figures reveal DVT risk to young people
New statistics have revealed that deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is more likely to affect young adults than many believe. According to figures obtained by DVT charity Lifeblood, the condition, which is typically...
27/05/2010Health fears over Britons' lack of sleep
Britons may be risking their health by not getting enough sleep, new research suggests. A survey by hotel chain Travelodge has revealed that the average Briton gets just six hours and 21 minutes of sleep a...
27/05/2010Alcohol dependency drug prescriptions up 12 per cent in a year
The number of drugs prescribed to treat alcohol addiction in England rose by 12 per cent in 2009, new figures reveal. According to a report from the NHS Information Centre, a total of 150,445 prescription...
26/05/2010Births to older mothers treble in 20 years
The number of babies born to older mothers has almost trebled in the past 20 years, new statistics have revealed. Last year, some 26,976 babies were born to women aged 40 and over, compared to just 9,336 in...
26/05/2010NHS liver cancer patients denied life-extending drug
The decision not to provide a drug that potentially prolongs the lives of liver cancer sufferers on the NHS has caused outrage among campaigners. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence...
25/05/2010Food packaging labels pose 'severe risk to health'
A chemical commonly found in the glue of adhesive labels on food packaging could pose a "particularly severe risk to health". The warning comes from research published by the Royal Society of...
25/05/2010Genetics may be linked to premature births, say researchers
The chances of a woman giving birth prematurely may be at least partly down to genetics, researchers suspect. A study by scientists at the University of Aberdeen found that women born prematurely, or with...
24/05/2010British scientists researching motor neurone disease
Scientists from the University of Edinburgh have launched a stem cell project they hope will give new insight into motor neurone disease . The condition, which causes muscle wasting and can impair vital...
24/05/2010'Secret' NHS DNA database causes uproar
Millions of newborn babies have had their DNA stored by NHS hospitals without the full knowledge of their parents, it has been revealed. Freedom of information requests show that hospitals around Britain...
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