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Bed delay transfer figures reveal areas worst affected

Image copyright Getty Images More than 2,500 hospital beds a day are taken up by patients whose release has been delayed due to problems in the social care system. Analysis of official so-called “bed-blocking” statistics reveals the areas where the NHS is worst affected. The Local Government Association said under-funded authorities had placed care providers […]

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'Role model' nurses inspire cancer survivor

A woman who was diagnosed with cancer when she was four has been inspired to take up nursing. Clara Markiewicz says she was so affected by the “role model” nurses that she wanted to become one. And now she’s working at Southampton Children’s Hospital – alongside one of the nurses who looked after her 15 […]

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Luke Jenkins death: Family receive £100,000 settlement

Image copyright Jenkins family Image caption Luke Jenkins suffered a cardiac arrest after being moved from intensive care onto a ward The parents of a seven-year-old boy who died following heart surgery at Bristol Children’s Hospital have been awarded £100,000 in compensation. Luke Jenkins, from Cardiff, suffered a cardiac arrest days after an operation in […]

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Teenage pregnancies down to record low

Image copyright Science Photo Library Fewer teenagers are getting pregnant than ever before in England and Wales, according to new figures. Among under-18s, the conception rate has halved in eight years, to 21 per 1,000 women in 2015, data from the Office for National Statistics shows. This may be due to young women staying in […]

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Risky operation removes parasitic twin from baby

Media captionSurgeons explain the challenges of the complex operation to separate Dominique from her parasitic twin A baby girl whose twin failed to develop properly and fused to her growing body in the womb is recovering after a successful operation in the US. A team of five surgeons at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Chicago removed […]

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Down's syndrome teenager addresses the UN in Geneva

A teenager with Down’s syndrome has addressed the United Nations in Geneva to call for more equality. Kathleen Humberstone spoke out against discrimination during the event marking World Down’s syndrome day. The 17-year-old travelled from her home in Surrey to Switzerland with her mum Denise and dad Andy to give the talk in front of […]

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Right-to-die case: I face unbearable death

A man with terminal motor neurone disease has told the High Court he faces an “unbearable death” because of the law on assisted dying. Noel Conway, 67, who was diagnosed in November 2014 and is not expected to live beyond 12 months, said he should be free to determine his own death. Mr Conway, from […]

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Spider venom may offer stroke therapy

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Funnel web spiders are milked using a pipette that sucks up their venom A protein in spider venom may help protect the brain from injury after a stroke, according to research. Scientists found a single dose of the protein Hi1a worked on lab rats. They said it showed […]