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  • Colchester Hospital: Review of cancer records revealed

    November 26, 2013 6:19 PM 22

    Details of a review of a hospital found to have "inaccuracies" in its cancer waiting times have been revealed. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said Colchester Hospital staff were "pressured or bullied" to change data relating to patients and treatment. Every type of cancer treatment is being looked at by 18 clinicians and a senior police officer, NHS England

  • Teen left fighting for life from horror bike crash hugs his dad and says hello - after waking up from four MONTH coma

    November 26, 2013 2:40 PM 19

    Ryan Smith was left with life-threatening injuries when he was hit by a van on his way to work in Lincolnshire in July Ryan's dad Mark has been at his side every day since his son fell into a coma. (SWNS) Ryan Smith with his dad Mark Smith (R) and footballer John Hartson (L). (SWNS)

  • Boots recalls cough and cold medicines

    November 26, 2013 1:55 PM 23

    Pharmacy giant Boots is recalling tens of thousands of bottles of cough and cold medicines over fears that plastic might have got into the liquid. As a precautionary measure Boots is asking UK shoppers to return any of five of its branded medicines that were purchased since September. This includes a strawberry flavoured suspension of oral ibuprofen

  • Gay pop star reveals how getting tested for HIV saved his life

    November 26, 2013 1:15 PM 24

    Andy Bell, Erasure's frontman, is speaking out to encourage other LGBTI people to get tested during National HIV Testing Week in the UK. Running up to World AIDS Day on 1 December, the testing week is taking place from now until 29 November. 'The sooner you find out whether you are positive (or negative), the sooner you can start your combination therapy

  • Cancer death rates down by 11% over past ten years, report shows

    November 26, 2013 12:03 PM 37

    Cancer death rates have fallen by more than a tenth over the past ten years, official statistics have shown. Figures released by NHS Scotland on Tuesday showed an 11.2% downturn in the number of people with cancer who die of the disease. The rate has fallen by 15.5% for men and 5% for women, according to the report from the health service's Information

  • Bitter winter claimed 31,000 lives, as figures show winter deaths rose nearly 30%

    November 26, 2013 10:52 AM 41

    New figures linking 31,000 deaths to cold weather last winter have been released. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the number of “excess winter deaths” in England and Wales rose by 29% compared with the previous year. The majority of these deaths were among pensioners – with over-75s accounting for 25,600 winter-related deaths in 2012/13. This March

  • There WON'T be a winter crisis in A&E this year, hospital bosses insist, as trusts scramble to create more beds and hire more staff

    November 25, 2013 5:00 PM 22

    The NHS is 'pulling out all the stops' to deal with the impact of bad weather, flu and the winter vomiting bug, leaders have confirmed. In a desperate attempt to avoid the chaos of last winter, more staff are being hired and several thousand more beds and GP appointments have been created. Some hospitals are re-opening old wards, some are building new ones and one has even gone as far as reserving

  • The five faddy diets you should avoid in the New Year: Experts draw up a list of the most dangerous celebrity weight loss tactics

    November 25, 2013 3:38 PM 25

    One involves substituting food for alcohol, another sees slimmers try to survive off air alone. These are just two of the fashionable celebrities diets which have made this year's list of the most dangerous fad diets. As the season of overindulgence approaches, the British Dietetic Association has released a list of the celebrity diets that are best avoided

  • It was murder, says son of woman 'starved to death' on Liverpool Care Pathway as he calls for police inquiry

    November 25, 2013 12:11 PM 34

    The son of an elderly hospital patient who was 'starved to death' on the Liverpool Care Pathway has called for police to launch a murder inquiry. Peter Tulloch believes the death of his mother, Jean Tulloch, was the result of 'negligent' and 'unlawful' care at the Western General hospital in Edinburgh. The 56-year-old has urged police to take action

  • Vinnie Jones and wife both battling cancer

    November 25, 2013 12:11 PM 27

    Vinnie Jones has revealed that he is suffering with skin cancer, and so is his wife Tanya. Speaking to The Sun, the 48-year-old said that he was diagnosed with a melanoma following surgery to have a lump under his right eye removed. He admitted that when he first heard his diagnosis, his first thought was “how long have I got”. “Cancer is a horrible