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NHS e-health systems ‘risk patient safety’

Image copyright Getty Images Hospitals across England are using 21 separate electronic systems to record patient health care – risking patient safety, researchers suggest. A team at Imperial College say the systems cannot “talk” to each other, making cross-referencing difficult and potentially leading to “errors”. Of 121 million patient interactions, …

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Doddie Weir: The rugby legend who won’t give in to MND

Image copyright Getty Images Three years ago, Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir was given the devastating news he had motor neurone disease. Doddie’s doctor told him he would be in a wheelchair within a year. Half of sufferers can expect to live for about 18 months. But the former Scotland …

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‘I was addicted to exercise’

When does something healthy, such as exercise, become an unhealthy obsession? And can apps make things worse? Sprinting around trees, fallen leaves crunching underfoot, Valerie Stephan looks focused and peaceful on her morning jog. “When I run, I feel like I’m achieving something,” the amateur athlete says. “I’m getting faster, …

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NHS e-health systems ‘risk patient safety’

Image copyright Getty Images Hospitals across England are using 21 separate electronic systems to record patient health care – risking patient safety, researchers suggest. A team at Imperial College say the systems cannot “talk” to each other, making cross-referencing difficult and potentially leading to “errors”. Of 121 million patient interactions, …

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Doddie Weir: The rugby legend who won’t give in to MND

Image copyright Getty Images Three years ago, Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir was given the devastating news he had motor neurone disease. Doddie’s doctor told him he would be in a wheelchair within a year. Half of sufferers can expect to live for about 18 months. But the former Scotland …

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‘I was addicted to exercise’

When does something healthy, such as exercise, become an unhealthy obsession? And can apps make things worse? Sprinting around trees, fallen leaves crunching underfoot, Valerie Stephan looks focused and peaceful on her morning jog. “When I run, I feel like I’m achieving something,” the amateur athlete says. “I’m getting faster, …

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Briton Audrey Schoeman revived after six-hour cardiac arrest

Media captionAudrey Mash’s heart was “dead” for more than six and a half hours A British woman whose heart stopped beating for six hours has been brought back to life in what doctors have described as an “exceptional case”. Audrey Schoeman developed severe hypothermia when she was caught in a …

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Norovirus closes 1,100 hospital beds in England

Image copyright Getty Images Hospitals in England closed more than 1,100 beds in the past week because of the winter vomiting bug norovirus. NHS officials are urging people with the virus not to go to work and parents not to send children with it to school, until 48 hours after …

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Long waits ‘leave mental health patients in limbo’

Media captionWhile waiting for therapy, Paul tried to take his own life Patients with mental illnesses are left languishing for months on “hidden” waiting lists by England’s NHS talking therapy service, the BBC can reveal. The service – called Improving Access to Psychological Therapies – provides therapy, such as counselling, …

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Mentally ill ‘spend months on hidden waiting list’

Media captionWhile waiting for therapy, Paul tried to take his own life Patients with mental illnesses are left languishing for months on “hidden” waiting lists by England’s NHS talking therapy service, the BBC can reveal. The service – called Improving Access to Psychological Therapies – provides therapy, such as counselling, …

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