Mental health crisis services in England ‘under pressure’

Services for people who are suicidal or self-harming are facing unprecedented demand in England, a BBC Radio 5 live investigation has found. Out of 39 mental health trusts that provided figures for their crisis teams, 27 had seen their workload increase - 70%.And some had seen referrals rise by as m
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Should you finish a course of antibiotics?

It is time to reconsider the widespread advice that people should always complete an entire course of antibiotics, experts in the BMJ say.They argue there is not enough evidence to back the idea that stopping pills early encourages antibiotic resistance. Instead, they suggest, more studies need to b
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Diesel and petrol car ban: Clean air strategy ‘not enough’

The government's £3bn clean air strategy does not go "far enough or fast enough", campaigners have said. Moves including scrapping new diesel and petrol cars from 2040 and £255m for councils to tackle air pollution locally have been welcomed. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the government
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Charlie Gard parents hold private talks about his end of life care

The parents of terminally-ill Charlie Gard have agreed he should spend his final days in a hospice.Connie Yates and Chris Gard originally asked to be allowed to take their son home to die, after ending their legal case on Monday to seek therapy abroad.For practical reasons, Great Ormond Street Hospi
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Diabetic sight loss cut by screening, research shows

The proportion of diabetics who go blind or suffer sight loss has almost halved since a new national retinopathy screening programme started in 2007.Swansea University research over eight years has now been published in the British Medical Journal. New certifications for severe sight impairment have
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Antibody helps keep man’s HIV at bay for 10 months

An experimental therapy has held back one man's HIV infection for 10 months, doctors have reported. He was one of 18 people in a small trial testing injections of "broadly neutralising antibodies" - the natural weapons of the immune system.They delayed the resurgence of the virus in other participa
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Charlie Gard: Court hears hospice best option for baby

Moving Charlie Gard to a hospice to die would be the best option for the terminally-ill baby, a court has heard.The 11-month-old's parents had returned to the High Court to seek permission to take him home for "a few days of tranquillity outside the hospital".But Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH)
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More than 86,000 NHS posts vacant, says report

More than 86,000 NHS posts were vacant between January 2017 and March 2017, figures for England suggest.Statistics from NHS Digital, which collates data, shows the number of vacancies climbed by almost 8,000 compared to the same period in 2016. Nurses and midwives accounted for the highest proportio
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Sperm count drop ‘could make humans extinct’

Humans could become extinct if sperm counts in men continue to fall at current rates, a doctor has warned.Researchers assessing the results of nearly 200 studies say sperm counts among men from North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, seem to have halved in less than 40 years. Some experts
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Sperm count drop ‘may lead to human extinction’

Humans could become extinct if sperm counts in men continue to fall at current rates, a doctor has warned.Researchers assessing the results of nearly 200 studies say sperm counts among men from North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, seem to have halved in less than 40 years. Some experts
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