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Peanut allergy treatment ‘in sight’

Image caption Emily says she can now enjoy eating birthday cake with friends Peanut allergy can be beaten with a treatment that slowly builds up tolerance, a large study shows. None of nearly 500 four- to 17-year-olds from the US and Europe could tolerate even a 10th of a peanut. …

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Mental health: Firms ask PM to deliver on pledge

Image copyright iStock Some of Britain’s biggest employers are pressing the government to honour a promise to give mental health the same status as physical health at work. Royal Mail and WH Smith are among the companies asking the PM to follow through on her manifesto pledge to update health …

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Allied Healthcare to transfer care contracts

Image copyright Science Photo Library A major UK home care provider, offering support to 13,000 older and disabled people, is seeking to transfer or sell all its contracts to other providers. Allied Healthcare was warned this month by the care regulator about its financial sustainability. Since then, some local authorities …

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Flu vaccine delays for over-65s ‘resolved by weekend’

Image copyright Science Photo Library GPs and patients frustrated by a shortage of the new flu vaccine for over-65s are being told the final delivery batch will arrive by Saturday. NHS England said there would be enough vaccines for everyone to be protected ahead of winter. But doctors’ leaders said …

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NHS bosses look to overhaul cancer screening

Image copyright Science Photo Library Cancer screening programmes are to be reviewed following high-profile mistakes that have put thousands of patients in England at risk. NHS England has asked former government cancer tsar Sir Mike Richards to look at what changes are needed. Three national schemes cover breast, cervical and …

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‘New mums need to be given better health education’

Image caption George Roach says grief for his wife Michelle “fills every part” of his life New mothers need more education about the dangers of pulmonary embolisms, according to a man whose wife died six weeks after giving birth. Michelle Roach, from Bracknell, died from a blocked blood vessel in …

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