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#PooWatch

Image copyright Getty Images A man suspected of hiding drugs inside his body is refusing to do a poo for Essex Police. His self-imposed toilet strike has now passed 20 days and officers are getting fed up with the lack of movement in the case. They say he’s under constant watch and undergoing daily medical […]

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East of England Ambulance delay discrepancies 'worrying'

Image copyright PA Image caption The EEAS said that they did not recognise the hospitals figures on ambulance handover delays Discrepancies in ambulance handover delay figures have been labelled as “worrying” by an MP. Norfolk and Norwich Hospital reported 36 ambulance handover delays of more than 30 minutes in the week ending Christmas Eve. But […]

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Anti-obesity programmes in primary schools 'don't work'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Children were encouraged to do an extra 30 minutes of exercise every day School programmes encouraging children to take more exercise and eat healthily are unlikely to have any real effect on childhood obesity, a study in the British Medical Journal suggests. More than 600 primary school pupils in […]

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Care sector: 'Short of nurses and other key staff'

Low rates of pay and workload pressures mean care services can no longer fill key posts in England, a watchdog says. The National Audit Office said a lack of planning and funding had undermined the workforce of 1.34 million carers, nurses, therapists and managers. The sector was particularly struggling to recruit nurses and senior staff […]

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US suicides 'spiked after Robin Williams's death'

Image caption Robin Williams was famous for films such as Good Morning,Vietnam and won an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting US suicide rates spiked in the months after Robin Williams killed himself in 2014, according to researchers. In the five months after the actor’s death there were 10% more suicides than might […]

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Food may influence cancer spread

Image copyright Getty Images There is mounting evidence the food on your plate can alter cancer’s growth and spread, say Cambridge scientists. Animal research, published in the journal Nature, showed breast tumours struggled without the dietary nutrient asparagine. It is found in the foodies’ favourite asparagus, as well as poultry, seafood and many other foods. […]

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Failed NHS trust caused 'unnecessary harm' to patients

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Huge cuts to district nursing were made with little thought to clinical consequences, says the report Patients at a failed NHS trust suffered “unnecessary harm” because a senior leadership team was “out of its depth”, says a report seen by BBC News. Misguided cost-cutting at Liverpool Community Health (LCH) […]

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'Alcoholism led me to live under bush'

Image copyright James Howard Image caption James’s addiction to alcohol caused him to end up living under a bush in Brighton “I ended up living under a bush in a park in Brighton for five months. It was the nadir of 20 years of alcoholism. I’d become homeless, and I knew that something had to […]