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Campaigners in court over NHS policy

Image copyright Getty Images A judicial review by a group of campaigners challenging government health policy in England gets under way at the High Court later. The group, which was backed by Prof Stephen Hawking before his death, are fighting the creation of accountable care organisations (ACOs). These are to act as partnership bodies incorporating […]

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GPs call for more help to tackle 'epidemic of loneliness'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Doctors say they are often “the only human contact” for chronically lonely patients Doctors in Northern Ireland have called for more support to deal with patients who complain of loneliness, saying it has become a “public health epidemic”. For lonely patients, the 10-minute GP appointment model is “unfit for […]

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Is UK biggest exporter of legal cannabis?

Image copyright PA Image caption Alfie Dingley’s family has paid for treatment in the Netherlands As the UK hosts a summit on the state of medical cannabis in Europe, BBC Reality Check asks – does Britain really export more legal cannabis than any other country? Pro-drug reform campaign group Transform says the government is denying […]

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Are sweeteners healthier than sugar?

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY We’re a sweet-toothed nation, eating far too much sugar for our own good. A sugary diet can lead to weight gain and health problems such as type-2 diabetes, so none of us should be having more than the maximum seven teaspoons of sugar a day. Public Health England wants our […]

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£13.4m claw back over NHS Wales waiting time failures

Image copyright Andrei Malov/Getty Images More than £13m has been withheld from three health boards for failing to meet targets on cutting patient waiting lists in Wales. An extra £50m funding was announced in August 2017 by the health secretary to deliver faster improvements in routine surgery, diagnostics and therapies. Earlier this month it was […]

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Blitz on sweet treats sees slow start

Image copyright Getty Images The sugar hit in puddings, biscuits and chocolate has not been cut despite a government crackdown on sweet treats. Public Health England has set a target of reducing the sugar intake from a host of popular foods by a fifth by 2020. Its first year update shows progress in yoghurts and […]

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Dementia-friendly lunches served at Norwich restaurant

When Hannah Springham’s mother got dementia, eating out became “quite a sad experience” as, at times, she no longer knew her daughter. Upon becoming a restaurateur in Norwich, Ms Springham was determined her diners would still have the “best possible time”, whether living with the condition or caring for those with it, and so introduced […]

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Doctors explain Michael Jackson's impossible dance move

Image copyright Manjul Tripathi Neurosurgeons have described in detail how Michael Jackson achieved biomechanically impossible dance moves in his music video Smooth Criminal. In the 1987 routine, Michael leans from the ankle at a 45 degree angle, while keeping his body straight as a rod. The illusion, which many have tried to copy, was thanks […]