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Parents of sick babies need more leave, charity says

Image copyright Submitted picture Image caption After Gabriel was born 15 weeks premature, his mum had to leave her job Two thirds of fathers of premature and sick babies are being forced to return to work while their child is in intensive care, a charity has said. Of 737 parents …

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Short bursts of intense exercise ‘better for weight loss’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sprint interval training is most effective for weight loss, researchers suggest Bursts of high intensity interval training (Hiit) may be more effective for weight loss than longer less intense workouts, a study suggests. The research, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, analysed …

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Chemicals ‘repair damaged neurons in mice’

Image caption Brain signals weaken when some cells wear out New results suggest ageing brains can potentially be rejuvenated, at least in mice, according to researchers. Very early-stage experiments indicate that drugs can be developed to stop or even reverse mental decline. The results were presented at the 2019 meeting …

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A&E waits at worst level for 15 years in England

Image copyright Getty Images A&E waits in England have reached their worst level since the four-hour target was introduced in 2004. The deterioration in performance came after hospitals appeared to be coping well in the early part of winter. During January, only 84.4% of patients were treated or admitted in …

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A&E waits at worst level for 15 years

Image copyright Getty Images A&E waits in England have reached their worst level since the four-hour target was introduced in 2004. The deterioration in performance came after hospitals appeared to be coping well in the early part of winter. During January, just 84.4% of patients were treated or admitted in …

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‘Know your cholesterol like you know your Pin code’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Most cases of cardiovascular disease are preventable through a healthy diet and lifestyle People are being encouraged to know their cholesterol and blood pressure numbers as well as they know their bank Pin code – because it could save their life. These numbers flag …

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Cannabis use in teens linked to depression

Image copyright Science Photo Library Parents should not be complacent about the risks of teenagers using cannabis, experts are warning. UK and Canada researchers said they had found “robust” evidence showing using the drug in adolescence increased the risk of developing depression in adulthood by 37%. They said the findings …

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Send patients email not letters, GPs told

Image copyright Getty Images GPs in England must start routinely using email instead of sending letters to communicate with patients, the health secretary says. Matt Hancock wants email to become the default option by 2021. He said there was no reason why doctors could not email a test result or …

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