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'Higher levels of PTSD among veterans', says study

Image caption TV dramas like the BBC’s Bodyguard have helped increase awareness of PTSD Post-traumatic stress disorder of serving Army personnel and military veterans has increased in the last 10 years, a new study suggests. Most sufferers were veterans who saw active combat; 17% reported symptoms of probable PTSD. Experts said the delayed onset of […]

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Stalled Royal Liverpool Hospital to be publicly funded

Image caption Work on the new Royal Liverpool Hospital building stopped when Carillion collapsed The public will fund work to complete the Royal Liverpool Hospital after a private finance deal was scrapped, NHS bosses say. Work on the £335m hospital stalled in February following the collapse of construction giant Carillion. The hospital trust said “the […]

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Gene-editing hope for muscular dystrophy

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have for the first time used gene-editing to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy in a large mammal, a significant step towards effective treatment for people with the disorder. The condition, which has no cure, leads to loss of muscle function and strength and ultimately an early death. But in a study […]

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Will the EHIC be valid after Brexit?

Image copyright Alamy If you are getting ready to go on holiday to another EU country or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you are likely to be packing your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) along with your passport. The EHIC entitles you to state-provided medical treatment should you need it while visiting one of those […]

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HPV jab will be given to boys, government says

Image copyright Getty Images A jab that protects against a virus that causes cervical cancer will be given to boys aged 12 to 13 in England. The policy decision brings England into line with Scotland and Wales. HPV vaccine is already routinely offered to girls of the same age at secondary school and is free […]

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Low NHS morale is 'heartbreaking' says Matt Hancock

Image copyright Getty Images Seeing how NHS staff feel “undervalued” is “heartbreaking”, the new Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said. In his first speech since taking the job, Mr Hancock said he was horrified at the level of bullying reported by staff. The British Medical Association welcomed the sentiment but said it needed to be […]

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Medicinal cannabis 'should be available on prescription'

Image caption The parents of Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley want the boys to be able to access cannabis oil legally to control their seizures Doctors in the UK should have the option to prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products to patients with certain medical conditions, drugs experts have advised the government. The Advisory Council on the […]