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Bed delay transfer figures reveal areas worst affected

Bed delay transfer figures reveal areas worst affected

Image copyright Getty Images More than 2,500 hospital beds a day are taken up by patients whose release has been delayed due to problems in the social care system. Analysis of official so-called “bed-blocking” statistics reveals the areas where the NHS is worst affected. The Local Government Association said under-funded authorities had placed care providers […]

‘Bed-blocking’ statistics reveal areas worst affected.

‘Bed-blocking’ statistics reveal areas worst affected.

Image copyright Getty Images More than 2,500 hospital beds a day are taken up by patients whose release has been delayed due to problems in the social care system. Analysis of official so-called “bed-blocking” statistics reveals the areas where the NHS is worst affected. The Local Government Association said under-funded authorities had placed care providers […]

Teenage pregnancies down to record low

Teenage pregnancies down to record low

Image copyright Science Photo Library Fewer teenagers are getting pregnant than ever before in England and Wales, according to new figures. Among under-18s, the conception rate has halved in eight years, to 21 per 1,000 women in 2015, data from the Office for National Statistics shows. This may be due to young women staying in […]

Luke Jenkins death: Family receive £100,000 settlement

Luke Jenkins death: Family receive £100,000 settlement

Image copyright Jenkins family Image caption Luke Jenkins suffered a cardiac arrest after being moved from intensive care onto a ward The parents of a seven-year-old boy who died following heart surgery at Bristol Children’s Hospital have been awarded £100,000 in compensation. Luke Jenkins, from Cardiff, suffered a cardiac arrest days after an operation in […]

Right-to-die case: I face unbearable death

Right-to-die case: I face unbearable death

A man with terminal motor neurone disease has told the High Court he faces an “unbearable death” because of the law on assisted dying. Noel Conway, 67, who was diagnosed in November 2014 and is not expected to live beyond 12 months, said he should be free to determine his own death. Mr Conway, from […]

Baby teeth removals ‘up 24% in a decade’

Baby teeth removals ‘up 24% in a decade’

Image copyright Getty Images Hospitals in England are seeing thousands of very young children each year needing baby teeth removed. The Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons, which compiled the data, blames tooth decay linked to sugary diets. Figures show there were 9,206 extractions carried out on children aged four and […]

‘Wide awake drunk’ on energy drinks and alcohol mix

‘Wide awake drunk’ on energy drinks and alcohol mix

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mixing vodka with energy drink Red Bull is a popular option in bars and clubs Mixing energy drinks with alcohol could be a risky combination, leading to a greater risk of accidents and injuries, research from Canada suggests. The caffeine contained in energy drinks can make people feel wide […]

Doctor admits misleading over Ebola

Doctor admits misleading over Ebola

Image copyright Megan Bramall A doctor has admitted she misled other medics about the health of a colleague returning to the UK from West Africa with Ebola in 2014. Dr Hannah Ryan told a disciplinary hearing she had been in a state of “disbelief, fear and panic” after finding out nurse Pauline Cafferkey had had […]

Sperm swimming technique ‘all down to simple maths’

Sperm swimming technique ‘all down to simple maths’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Millions of sperm set off but only a few will complete the journey How an individual sperm swims, against all the odds, through fluid to reach the fallopian tubes has been revealed – and it’s all about rhythm. Researchers from the UK and Japan found that the head […]

Spider venom may offer stroke therapy

Spider venom may offer stroke therapy

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Funnel web spiders are milked using a pipette that sucks up their venom A protein in spider venom may help protect the brain from injury after a stroke, according to research. Scientists found a single dose of the protein Hi1a worked on lab rats. They said it showed […]