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Head injuries: Cheap drug ‘could save thousands of lives a year’

A cheap and widely available drug could save hundreds of thousands of lives a year worldwide if it was routinely given to people brought into hospital with head injuries, UK doctors ...

More than half of A&Es ‘not good enough’

Half of A&Es in England are not good enough – and there are no guarantees services will get better despite the extra money going into the NHS, the regulator says. The Care ...

Children illegally sold vaping products

Almost 40% of sellers targeted by councils in England have been caught illegally allowing children to buy e-cigarette products, a report has found. Ninety of the 227 premises tested ...

Slow walking at 45 ‘a sign of faster ageing’

How fast people walk in their 40s is a sign of how much their brains, as well as their bodies, are ageing, scientists have suggested. Using a simple test of gait speed, researchers ...

‘Unacceptable’ delays in diagnosing secondary breast cancer

One in four patients with secondary breast cancer had to visit their GP three or more times before they got a diagnosis, a survey suggests. A breast cancer charity said there should ...

England sees ‘worst summer on record’ for A&E waits

This summer was the worst for A&E waiting times in England since the four-hour target was introduced. Analysis by BBC Newsnight and the Nuffield Trust found an average of 86% ...

Obesity: Ban snacking on public transport, top doctor says

Media playback is unsupported on your device Snacking should be banned on public transport and extra taxes placed on unhealthy foods to tackle child obesity, England’s ...

Brexit: What will happen to European Health Insurance Cards?

European Health Insurance Cards let UK residents get medical care for free, or at a reduced cost, in 31 countries. But if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal, that will ...

Why tomato puree might improve male fertility

Lycopene – a nutrient found in tomatoes – may boost sperm quality, a study has suggested. Healthy men who took the equivalent of two tablespoons of (concentrated) tomato ...

Hancock wrong on compulsory child vaccinations – top doctor

The health secretary is wrong to think compulsory child vaccination will help tackle falling immunisation rates in England, a leading doctor says. Matt Hancock has said he is “looking ...