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Snakebite antidote is running out

The world is running out of one of the most effective snakebite treatments, putting tens of thousands of lives at risk, warn experts. Medicines Sans Frontieres says new stocks of…

NHS ‘to send patients to France’

NHS ‘to send patients to France’

Image copyright Google Image caption Centre Hospitalier de Calais hopes to see the first UK patients before Christmas NHS patients in Kent could soon be travelling to France for surgery…

Child health data ‘shows regional gaps’

Some local authorities in England are not doing enough to prevent health problems in children under the age of five, a report suggests. The National Children’s Bureau says it found…

Test shows how old your body really is

Test shows how old your body really is

Image copyright Thinkstock Scientists say they have developed a way of testing how well, or badly, your body is ageing. They say it could help predict when a person will…

NHS ‘had no mental health beds left’

NHS ‘had no mental health beds left’

Image copyright Andy Parrett/Geograph Image caption The Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust is using an “extended overnight leave” system to try to deal with the lack of access to beds…

Action demanded on weekend NHS risk

Action demanded on weekend NHS risk

Image copyright Thinkstock The case for improving hospital care at weekends in England is “simply unassailable”, medical chiefs say, as new figures on deaths are published. NHS England medical director…

7-day GP opening ‘unachievable’

7-day GP opening ‘unachievable’

Image copyright Science Photo Library The goal of seven-day routine GP opening in England is unachievable in this Parliament and risks destabilising care, the Royal College of GPs says. Ministers…

Brain zaps ‘may ease travel sickness’

Brain zaps ‘may ease travel sickness’

Image copyright Imperial Using electricity to stimulate parts of the brain may ease the symptoms of motion sickness, scientists have said. The team at Imperial College London say early trials…

NHS 7-day service ‘not top priority’

NHS 7-day service ‘not top priority’

Image copyright Science Photo Library A health think tank has challenged the government’s plan for a full seven-day service in England’s NHS. In a Scrubbing Up column for the BBC…

Cancer fund cuts 23 treatments

Cancer fund cuts 23 treatments

Image copyright Thinkstock The Cancer Drugs Fund in England will no longer pay for 16 medicines, used in 23 separate cancer treatments. It has now more than halved the number…