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Archive | April, 2016

Flu jabs ‘more effective in morning’

Morning flu jabs provoke a stronger immune response than those given in the afternoon, a study shows. The trial at 24 doctors’ practices found people vaccinated before lunch produced the most defensive antibodies. The University of Birmingham team suggested immunising people in tune with the body’s natural rhythm could be a cheap way to save […]

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Restaurants advised to give children tap water

Restaurants should offer free tap water to families eating out rather than waiting for customers to ask for it, says a body representing councils in England and Wales. They say this would offer a healthy alternative to sugary drinks. Councils, which have responsibility for public health, want restaurants to do their bit to tackle childhood […]

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Self Help For Minor Ailments

Coping With Minor Ailments Work With Your Doctors, Nurses, Receptionists & Pharmacists Research shows that people cope with their own symptoms in eight out of ten cases. You probably already act as your own doctor and nurse most of the time. If you feel  unwell, you immediately try to work out why and take steps […]

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NHS in £2.4bn funding boost for GP services in England

NHS chiefs in England have announced a five-year plan to help GP surgeries “get back on their feet” and to improve access for patients. The rescue package will see an extra £2.4bn a year ploughed into services by 2020 – a rise of 14% once inflation is taken into account. It will pay for 5,000 […]

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NHS ‘failing those who don’t speak English’

When a patient does not speak English interpreters are needed, but they are not always available. In this week’s Scrubbing Up, Caroline Wright, Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology trainee, questions whether the NHS is offering a good enough service. It is well established that language barriers contribute to health inequalities. As the migrant population […]

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To the Person Who Thinks Chronic Pain ‘Can’t Be That Bad’

I have a friend. A poisonous friend. When she is angry, she makes my days hell and my nights sleepless. She attacks me when I least expect it, especially if I’m lulled into a sense of security. She follows me everywhere, every day to the point where I truly cannot remember a time that I […]

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Morbidity and Mortality Rounds – A Poem

Forgive me, body before me, for this. Forgive me for my bumbling hands, unschooled in how to touch: I meant to understand what fever was, not love. Forgive me for my stare, but when I look at you, I see myself laid bare. Forgive me, body, for what seems like calculation when I take a […]

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Clampdown on cosmetic surgery cowboys

The body that regulates UK doctors is bringing in new guidelines for cosmetic procedures to stop rogue practitioners who put profits before patients. The General Medical Council rules, coming into force in June for private clinics and the NHS, make it clear that patients must not be rushed or cajoled into having surgery. Promotional tactics […]

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Lithium study helps scientists unlock ageing puzzle

A common drug could hold the key to long life, in flies at least, according to research. At low doses, lithium prolonged the life of fruit flies in lab experiments. Scientists say the finding is “encouraging” and could eventually lead to new drugs to help people live longer and healthier lives. Lithium is used in […]

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General practice in England nearing ‘saturation point’, study warns

GP workloads rose by over 16% between 2007 and 2014, according to an analysis of over 101m consultations – forcing GPs to squeeze almost a day’s worth of additional work into each week. The scientists, from the Universities of Oxford and Bristol, reported their findings in The Lancet. They warn the increases are unsustainable, and […]

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