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Bid to change organ law to save lives
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has urged MPs to change the laws on organ donation in England to help save an awful lot of people's lives. There are 25 million people on the organ donation register but 6,500 patients are waiting for a transplant. Mr Corbyn made a brief appearance in the Commons, where MPs are debating the issue, to urge them to support the wonderful measure.
'Mini-tumours' created to battle cancer
Scientists have been able to predict how cancer patients will respond to therapy by growing miniature versions of their tumours in the laboratory. The study, in the journal Science, was 100% accurate at telling which drugs would fail and this could spare patients from unnecessary side-effects. Biopsies of 71 patients with advanced colorectal cancer were taken and then grown into miniature 3D cancerous organs in the laboratory.
Drug errors cause appalling harm
Drug errors cause appalling levels of harm and deaths, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says, as new data suggests millions of mistakes are being made. GPs, pharmacists, hospitals and care homes may be making 237 million errors a year - the equivalent of a mistake made for every five drugs handed out. The study said most caused no problems, but in more than a quarter of cases the mistakes could have caused harm.
Sipping fruit teas 'damages teeth'
Sipping acidic drinks such as fruit teas and flavoured water can wear away teeth and damage the enamel, an investigation by scientists has shown. The research, in the British Dental Journal, looked at the diets of 300 people with severe erosive tooth wear. Fruit squashes, cordials, fruit teas, diet drinks, sugared drinks and flavoured water are all acidic and can cause wear and tear to teeth, the researchers said.
Warning over fake piercing magnet craze
Two children needed life-saving surgery after accidentally swallowing powerful magnetic balls which are being used to mimic body piercings in a new craze. A third child, aged four, also swallowed the balls but managed to pass them out of the body naturally. The consultant who saw them has warned parents to be aware of the new craze. The ball-bearing magnets are understood to have become a craze among children who use them as pretend piercings on areas such as their mouth or tongue.
'Catastrophic' rise in A&E long waits
Emergency consultants say the rise in patients waiting more than 12 hours to be seen at A&E is catastrophic and unacceptable and shocking. There were 5,111 patients with the longest waits in January - 36% more than in the same month in 2017. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine in Wales said 12-hour waits had been shown to be detrimental to patient outcomes and patient safety was a real concern.
Anti-depressants: 'It's keeping me going'
As scientists release a study showing that anti-depressants work, some users of the medication share their experiences on how it has affected their lives. Authors of a report published in the Lancet, found 21 common anti-depressants were all more effective at reducing symptoms of acute depression than dummy pills. He says he was initially reluctant to take the drug: I thought anti-depressants would turn me into a zombie but they keep me in the moment.
NHS 'dangerously' short of 100,000 staff
The NHS in England has nearly 100,000 jobs unfilled, a situation described as dangerously understaffed. The total represents one in 12 of all the posts in the health service and would be enough to staff 10 large hospitals. Despite the overspend, the forecast is still some way short of the record 2.45bn deficit accrued in 2015-16. Nigel Edwards of the Nuffield Trust think tank said the NHS was dangerously short of staff.
NHS at 70: Share your stories and memories
It is 70 years since the birth of the NHS, and we want to hear your stories and memories of the NHS past and present. Advances in medicine and technology have changed the face of National Health Service from its early beginnings. Prescription charges of one shilling started in 1952, MRI scans were introduced in the 1980s and the first NHS trusts were established in 1991. We also want to hear from the porters, cleaners and receptionists who keep the NHS running.
'Largest brain tumour' removed in India
Doctors in India who have removed a 1.8kg (2.2lbs) brain tumour from a 31-year-old man say it could be the largest in the world. Now it's a matter of recovery but he's out of danger, Dr Trimurti Nadkarni, chief of neurosurgery, told the BBC. Santlal Pal, a shopkeeper from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, had been living with the tumour for three years before his surgery was carried out.
Asthma inhalers recalled in device alert
Three batches of Ventolin Accuhaler and Seretide Accuhaler asthma inhalers have been recalled because they do not deliver the full number of doses. The MHRA - the body that regulates the devices - warned that patients may find their symptoms are not relieved as normal. Dr Andy Whittamore, clinical lead at Asthma UK and a practising GP, said it was extremely worrying and could put people's lives at risk.
Wine extract 'could help fight tooth decay'
Red wine has previously been linked to a range of supposed health benefits, from helping the heart to lowering the risk of diabetes. Now a new study suggests it contains chemicals that can help in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease. Experts warned that the findings do not offer a green light to drink more red wine.
The dirtiest place in your kitchen might surprise you...
You should be extremely careful, for instance, when handling raw meat to ensure you don't spread harmful bacteria around. To find out, the Trust Me I'm a Doctor team recruited three families and gave them a removable kitchen worktop. Worrying unduly about surfaces may, anyway, be missing the point because kitchen surfaces are not necessarily where most harmful microbes lurk. Other places these bacteria were found included: 45% of kitchen sinks 32% of counter tops 18% of cutting boards.
Sick toddler's life support 'can end'
Doctors can stop providing life support to toddler Alfie Evans who has a mystery illness against his parents' wishes, the High Court has ruled. Alder Hey Children's Hospital argued that continuing to treat the 21-month-old from Bootle, Merseyside was unkind, unfair and inhumane. His parents Tom Evans and Kate James had hoped to prolong Alfie's life with treatment at a hospital in Rome. His mother left the court hearing before the ruling while his father broke down as the decision was announced.
Ambulance abuse note woman pleads guilty
A 26-year-old woman who verbally abused paramedics and left a foul-mouthed note on their ambulance in Stoke-on-Trent has admitted a public order offence. Kirsty Sharman, of Parsonage Street, also accepted writing the handwritten message, which said she did not care if the whole street collasped . During the incident, Sharman also went into the street and swore at a paramedic, telling him to move the ambulance. The fact it was directed at an ambulance crew providing a public service to a sick person.
Fall in hospital mortality rates
The figures are compiled to reveal the Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios. In total, there were 6,084 deaths within 30 days of hospital admission during the 2017 period - 14% fewer than predicted. Overall, one hospital - Belford Hospital in Fort William - had an HSMR that was significantly higher than the national average. The Western General Hospital, Crosshouse Hospital near Kilmarnock, and Wishaw General Hospital in North Lanarkshire all recorded Hospital Standardised Mortality Rates (HSMR) that were significantly lower than the Scottish average.

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