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'I had a breakdown and am homeless': the impact of NHS staff shortages

A Guardian survey revealed worsening patient care, burnout and low morale. Here is what some of the respondents said A Guardian Healthcare Network survey found that almost half of respondents (48%) said patient care had been compromised on their last shift, while only 2% felt there were always enough people to provide safe care. Show More Summary

Report finds some NHS mental health trusts screen all patients for radicalisation

Study by Warwick University also found patients referred to Prevent programme for watching Arabic TV or going to Mecca Four NHS mental health trusts are subjecting patients to blanket screening for radicalisation, with some referred to the Prevent programme for watching Arabic TV or going on pilgrimage to Mecca, a new report has revealed. Show More Summary

'The spark will ignite': how poetry helps engage people with dementia

Shared reading has a significant impact on mood, concentration and social interaction. A Liverpool charity is running sessions in care homes With lifted feet, hands still / I am poised, and down the hill / Dart, with heedful mind / The...Show More Summary

‘People with ADHD can be incredibly valuable at work’

Lack of awareness of the behavioural disorder has meant many people found it difficult to hold down jobs. But proper diagnosis and support are allowing more employees to make the most of their talents ‘As an employee, I wasn’t very good because I was inconsistent,” says Jannine Harris, 44, from Northampton. Show More Summary

Male pill could be on horizon as trials yield positive results

Scientists behind contraceptive say they have overcome hurdles that have stalled development A male pill could be on the horizon after early trials showed a once-daily tablet was safe and appeared to work, according to researchers. The quest to develop a male contraceptive pill has been long and fraught. Show More Summary

Epitaph for the Ash by Lisa Samson – review

Lisa Samson’s reflections on Britain’s dying ash trees at a time of her own illness is a remarkable labour of love Last week, I found myself walking through a once dense forest in south Cumbria. The hilltop was bare but for the occasional solitary tree. Show More Summary

50 New Radicals for 2018: how you can make a difference

Every two years, the Observer and charity Nesta give awards to 50 social innovators. Here we launch the third competition – and catch up with past winners • Submit your nomination for New Radicals 2018 here • Read about previous NewShow More Summary

The looming epidemic threat | Jonathan Quick

A dangerous virus, as yet unknown, has the potential to wipe out millions of us. Yet public health bodies are mired in complacency Somewhere out there a dangerous virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a bird, bat, monkey or pig, preparing to jump to a human being. Show More Summary

Is a fat-shaming toy fit for impressionable young minds? | Barbara Ellen

The Fitbit Ace could lead to obsessive behaviour about health A new Fitbit wristband called Fitbit Ace has been launched for children over eight. It will feature “reminders” for them to get active, undertake family step-challenges and also monitor sleep patterns. Show More Summary

Patient safety hit by lack of staff, warn 80% of NHS workers

Survey reveals deep concern among health professionals over shortages in key areas A huge majority of NHS workers say they are worried about staffing levels, according to new survey findings that suggest a dangerous level of under-resourcing in the health service. Show More Summary

Buffer zones urged as Lent anti-abortion vigils target clinics

Calls for new legislation to be brought in after women report being left frightened and anxious Women’s groups have renewed calls for buffer zones around clinics as anti-abortion campaigners increase their activities to coincide with Lent. Show More Summary

Contagion! The viral hit that’ll have you reaching for the hand sanitiser

In the biggest science experiment of its kind, the BBC show is both a cheery piece of Reithian edutainment and a grave portent of our impending doom “The next deadly outbreak could happen at any time,” rumbles the voiceover in Contagion!...Show More Summary

Secret Teacher: I was undermined for a decade. Now I can call it bullying

My inspirational headteacher soon became intimidating. It ripped my life apart – but I know I’m not the only teacher who has suffered I stared at the screen, feeling physically sick, as I read the long list of signs of bullying on a teaching union website. Show More Summary

Sleep apnoea: surge in number of children admitted to hospital

Growing number of young people in UK with disorder may be linked to rising obesity levels The number of admissions to hospital of children and teenagers with sleep apnoea has risen sharply over the past four years, with experts suggesting childhood obesity is to blame. Show More Summary

US cancer network recommending expensive drugs based on weak evidence, study finds

Study raises concerns about National Comprehensive Cancer Network, which publishes guidelines for American oncologists Guidelines for American oncologists often recommend expensive and harmful cancer drugs for patients based on “weak evidence”, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal. Show More Summary

NHS intensive care units sending patients elsewhere due to lack of beds

Exclusive: Doctors say 80% of units sending patients to other hospitals amid chronic shortages Patients whose lives are at risk are being turned away from their local hospitals because of a lack of intensive care beds, doctors who work in those units have revealed. Show More Summary

No hugging: are we living through a crisis of touch?

Strokes and hugs are being edged out of our lives, with doctors, teachers and colleagues increasingly hesitant about social touching. Is this hypervigilance of boundaries beginning to harm our mental health? When did you last touch someone...Show More Summary

Isaiah Haastrup: doctors to withdraw life support, parents say

Parents of the brain-damaged baby say doctors intend to extubate him on Wednesday The parents of Isaiah Haastrup, the profoundly brain-damaged baby at the centre of a right-to-live legal battle, have said doctors intend to withdraw life support on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after an 11th-hour appeal to European court judges failed. Show More Summary

Can health workers stop thousands of women being killed in Guatemala?

The country has the world’s third highest rate of femicide. Meet the health professionals taking a stand against domestic abuse Manuela Garcia can still vividly remember the last time she saw her daughter, Maria, alive. Everything seemed normal; Maria was happy and in good health. Show More Summary

Is cold water good for you? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Nell Frizzell

Every day millions of people ask Google life’s most difficult questions. Our writers answer some of the most common queries I swam through ice three weeks after giving birth. I wondered, momentarily, if it was possible to freeze breast milk in your own body. Show More Summary

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