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Cross-party MPs request urgent non-partisan debate on future of NHS

Group tells Theresa May health system has been failing patients and call for public sector pay cap for NHS workers to be lifted Ninety MPs including several senior Tories have urged Theresa May to launch a cross-party convention on the future of the NHS and social care in England. Show More Summary

Why she killed herself: a film-maker's painful search for meaning in her sister's belongings

After her big sister took her own life Hope Litoff sought answers in her journals, art and old pill bottles – and made a brutally candid film, 32 Pills, of the process When Hope Litoff’s sister Ruth, a talented photographer and artist,...Show More Summary

‘It tears every part of your life away’: the truth about male infertility

Men are facing a fertility crisis, so why is most practical and emotional support offered to couples struggling to conceive aimed at women? James and Davina D’Souza met and fell in love in their early 20s. They got married five years later, and three years afterwards had saved enough to buy a family home in a quiet cul-de-sac in London. Show More Summary

Losing a child to suicide is devastating. Schools can help prevent these tragedies

At least 200 children take their own lives each year in the UK. Teachers are in a unique position to support vulnerable pupils, but more awareness is needed Harry Biggs-Davison is a former headteacher and trustee of the charity Papyrus The tragedy of losing a child is unimaginable. Show More Summary

Owning a dog cuts risk of heart attacks and other fatal diseases, study shows

Health benefits of a pet dog are greatest for those who live alone, lowering the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 36%, say scientists Never mind the chewed slippers, the hair on the sofa, and the inexplicable barking at 3am. Show More Summary

Can brain training reduce dementia risk? Despite new research, the jury is still out

There are good reasons to be cautious about a new study claiming computer-based training can reduce the risk of dementia. But what does work? More than 30 million people worldwide live with Alzheimer’s disease, and while researchers are pushing hard to find a cure, their efforts so far have met with failure. Show More Summary

What's your reaction to the NHS 'breakthrough' breast cancer drug?

We’d like to hear from people affected by this story and find out what this means for the availability of other drugs Two ‘breakthrough’ breast cancer drugs are to be available on the NHS after the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) negotiated prices for the treatments. Show More Summary

No, there hasn’t been a human 'head transplant', and there may never be

Neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero is in the news again, claiming to have performed the first successful human head transplant. But even cursory analysis reveals that he hasn’t. And scientific logic suggests he never will In February 2015,...Show More Summary

Spoiling my grandchildren might be bad for them, but I can’t help it | Peter White

Research suggests that indulgent grandparents like me are harming their health. But I’m happy to make my house a rules-free paradise for them Since I became a grandad, the sounds of Friday night have subtly changed in our house. Time...Show More Summary

NHS cash squeeze forces hospitals to postpone non-urgent operations

Introduction of ‘minimum waiting time’ for conditions including joint replacements criticised as against NHS constitution The NHS is under fire for forcing patients who need surgery to wait at least three months before they can have an operation in order to save money. Related: NHS faces even worse winter crisis than last year, watchdog warns Continue reading...

UK government '10 years late' on air quality targets

Report from the National Audit Office finds overall improvement in air quality but does not expect to meet EU targets until 2021 The government will be more than a decade late in meeting EU targets on air quality, a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed. Show More Summary

'Modern air is too clean': the rise of air pollution denial

US sceptics are questioning the science behind air pollution and mortality, a trend that is starting to appear in countries where the air is much more toxic Despite report after report linking air pollution to deterioration of the lungs, heart and brain, Prof Robert Phalen believes the air is “too clean” for children. Show More Summary

NHS faces even worse winter crisis than last year, watchdog warns

NHS Improvement says failure of hospitals to free up beds means it will struggle to cope with busiest months of the year The NHS is in an “extremely challenging” position with winter approaching because hospitals have failed to free up enough beds, the health service regulator has warned. Show More Summary

Feminist reading really can help beat anorexia. It worked for me | Kate Leaver

A study says that anorexic people feel less to blame for their condition after reading feminist theory. In my case, I have Susie Orbach to thank According to a new study, feminist theory can help treat anorexia. That comes as no surprise to me, based on my own experience of trying to vanish, one skipped meal at a time. Show More Summary

Use carrot and stick to tackle obesity crisis | Letters

We need subsidies on fruit and vegetables as well as a sugar tax, says Henry Leese; the government’s obesity strategy should not have omitted breastfeeding, says J Peter Greaves The UK is the “most obese nation in western Europe” (Report, 11 November), and there is widespread agreement that a range of measures is required to address this problem. Show More Summary

What can Britain learn from the US on links between economic distress and poor health?

Social angst contributes to ill health; there is much that can be done locally to combat this, but government action is needed too Theresa May, in her first speech as prime minister, stood on the steps of Downing Street and referred to the glaring injustice of gaps in life expectancy and declared her intention to solve it by governing for everyone. Show More Summary

Scotland’s alcohol pricing move shows again the good that devolution can do | Mary Dejevsky

Not for the first time, a devolved government has decided public health trumps the claims of the market. How long before national politicians follow suit? It is a brave Scottish government that would take on the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), but that is what Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP government did. Show More Summary

Congo crisis on a par with Iraq, Syria and Yemen – and getting worse by the day

UN warns that conflict, cholera and internal tumult have forced 4 million people and counting from their homes, with aid increasingly hard to deliver Violence and ethnic and political unrest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have propelled the country to the same level of crisis as Iraq, Syria and Yemen. Show More Summary

Seeing a GP on a smartphone sounds wonderful – but it's not

The new GP in Hand app fails to provide equality of access and undermines practice revenues Last week, with very little warning – even to those of us working in general practice – along came GP at Hand. Private doctor provider Babylon...Show More Summary

Primodos pregnancy test report criticised as 'whitewash' by MPs

Politicians question report that found no evidence hormonal pregnancy tests taken in 1960s and 1970s caused birth defects MPs have attacked a report into controversial hormone pregnancy tests including Primodos as “a whitewash, an injustice, a betrayal”. Show More Summary

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