Home HIV tests could be the key to reducing spread of AIDS


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Home tests could be the key to reducing HIV spread, claim experts Home tests reduce the stigma associated with going for screening, meaning people are more likely to get testedSelf-tests can be carried out using saliva samples By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 23:01 GMT, 2 April 2013 | UPDATED: 06:32 GMT, 3 April 2013 Experts believe self-testing might be the key to reducing the spread of HIV Making self-testing for HIV widely available could be the answer to reducing the spread of AIDS, claim experts.

Two-thirds of patients must wait 48 hours to see a GP while a tenth wait two WEEKS


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Two-thirds of patients must wait 48 hours to see a GP while a tenth wait two WEEKSPatients struggle for timely access to a doctor, according to a surveySome are forced to wait a fortnight for a consultationNearly half say they are unhappy with local health service By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 01:05 GMT, 22 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:10 GMT, 22 March 2013 Almost two-thirds of patients say they struggle to get an appointment with a GP within two days, according to new research Two thirds of patients do not think their out-of-hours GP is safe, a report warns today.

Third of GPs have links to private health companies that could make millions from the Government"s health reforms


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Third of GPs have links to private health companies that could make millions from the Government's health reformsStudy found 36 per cent have links with companies likely to do NHS workUnder reforms private firms are expected to carry out more work for NHSCritics have said there is a potential conflict of interest for such GPsLocal Clinical Commissioning Groups will decide what treatment is offered Fears they may be more inclined to offer contracts to associated companiesMPs and senior doctors have called for GPs in these roles to stand down By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 00:45 GMT, 14 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:07 GMT, 14 March 2013 More than a third of GPs have links to private firms that stand to make millions treating NHS patients, figures show.

Taking vitamin D and calcium WON"T prevent broken bones, say leading experts


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Taking vitamin D and calcium WON'T prevent broken bones, say leading experts Taking typical supplement dose provides no benefits for average post-menopausal women, finds U.S task forceBut those at high risk of weak bones should consult their doctor By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 14:31 GMT, 26 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:37 GMT, 26 February 2013 The NHS recommends people over 65 take a daily vitamin D supplement Older women who pop vitamin D and calcium supplements to prevent broken bones may be taking them in vain, according to leading experts.

Pensioner left to" lie in her own filth for weeks" while a council-appointed carer cleaned around her


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Vulnerable pensioner left to 'lie in her own filth for weeks' while a council-appointed carer cleaned around her Janet Norton, 72, lay immobilised on sofa for two months with back injuryCarer cleaned the flat but appears to have ignored her desperate stateDaughter became suspicious after mother never answered the phoneDiscovered her lying in 'disgusting state' and in own waste and alerted paramedics.

Forget mouth-to-mouth: Giving chest pumps alone saves MORE heart attack victims and reduces risk of brain damage


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Forget mouth-to-mouth: Giving chest pumps alone saves MORE heart attack victims and reduces risk of brain damage A month after cardiac arrest, 46% of patients who had only chest compressions were still alive, compared to 40% who got traditional CPRJapanese researchers say not only is hands-only CPR is more effective, it's easier to learn and more comfortable to perform on a stranger | UPDATED: 21:41 GMT, 12 December 2012 Most of us have seen the arresting TV ad starring hard man Vinnie Jones illustrating (in his unique rough and ready manner) how best to resuscitate a cardiac arrest victim.

The four-year-old girl turning into a "mannequin" due to cruel disease that stops her muscles from moving


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The four-year-old girl turning into a 'mannequin' due to cruel disease that stiffens her muscles and leaves her unable to move Tillie Mae Mawdsley has the rare degenerative disorder Sanfilippo Creates a build-up of sugar around the muscles, stiffening the jointsYoungster will die by the age of 14 without any treatment Parents desperate to get 'miracle' drug not available in the UK | UPDATED: 13:08 GMT, 16 October 2012 A four-year-old girl is turning into a ‘human mannequin’ after being diagnosed with rare disorder that stiffens her joints.

Georgia Keeling: Girl, two, who died from meningitis after wrongly diagnosed with swine flu was let down by the emergency services, coroner rules

Girl, two, who died from meningitis after wrongly diagnosed with swine flu was let down by the emergency services, coroner rules Coroner returned a narrative verdict and ruled Georgia died following an 'erroneous diagnosis'Georgia's mother called for an ambulance after she was told by swine flu hotline it was unlikely to be swine flu.

DR ELLIE CANNON: There can be good reasons for "bed blocking"


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There can be good reasons for 'bed blocking' | UPDATED: 21:00 GMT, 29 September 2012 The horrible label ‘bed blockers’ – elderly patients well enough to go home but with nowhere to go – surfaced again last week as the Department of Health said £4 million a week is spent on these individuals.

Department of Health figures: The hospitals leaving patients on trolleys for up to 50 hours


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SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: The hospitals leaving patients on trolleys for up to 50 hours | UPDATED: 21:45 GMT, 17 September 2012 Being rushed to hospital or taking your loved one to A&E can be a frightening experience.


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