Hancock pledges hospital food overhaul after listeria deaths | World news

Health secretary Matt Hancock has ordered a “root and branch” review of NHS food after two more patient deaths were linked last week to a listeria outbreak. The new deaths bring the number of suspected fatalities to five and doctors have warned that further cases could occur. Hancock said he was “incredibly concerned” after it […]

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Students support disclosure of mental illness to parents | Education

Two-thirds of students think mental health problems should be disclosed to their parents or guardians in “extreme circumstances”, according to research. The yearly Student Academic Experience Survey, conducted by Advance HE and the Higher Education Policy Institute, asked students about mental health problems for the first time this year. The survey of more than 14,000 […]

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‘They broke my mental shackles’: could magic mushrooms be the answer to depression? | Science

Lying on a bed in London’s Hammersmith hospital ingesting capsules of psilocybin, the active ingredient of magic mushrooms, Michael had little idea what would happen next. The 56-year-old part-time website developer from County Durham in northern England had battled depression for 30 years and had tried talking therapies and many types of antidepressant with no […]

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Sexually transmitted superbug warning as infections soar 26% in a year

Sexually transmitted superbug warning as infections soar 26% in a year

Gonorrhoea diagnoses in England have risen to their highest level for 40 years and jumped 26 per cent since 2017, sparking warnings from health chiefs about the threat from drug resistant strains. Public Health England figures show there were 447,694 sexually transmitted infections diagnosed in 2018, a rise of 5 per cent in a year. The biggest increase was in […]

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Sweet makers ‘using cartoon characters to appeal to children’ | Society

Half of food and drink products with popular cartoon characters such as Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol on their packaging are high in fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt, according to a survey. The research has been compiled by a coalition of health groups, which accuses manufacturers and retailers of manipulating children and parents into […]

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Donald Trump to land in UK amid rising anger over trade demands | US news

Donald Trump will land in the UK on Monday amid anger over comments made by his ambassador suggesting the NHS should be “on the table” in future trade negotiations. His visit also came as cabinet ministers vying for the Tory leadership suggested they could tear up plans for the Chinese tech giant Huawei to build […]

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New breast cancer treatment offers hope of longer life to younger women | Society

Younger women with breast cancer have been given the hope of living longer after what is described as “one of the greatest advances in breast cancer research in recent decades”. Adding ribociclib, a targeted drug that disrupts cancer cells, to standard hormone therapy was found to boost survival among premenopausal patients who have an advanced […]

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Where does the Coalition’s re-election leave refugees on Manus and Nauru? | Australia news

Asylum seekers and refugees say the mental health of those on Manus Island, in Port Moresby and Nauru has deteriorated dramatically, with many citing the re-election of Australia’s Coalition government as a tipping point. With no change in government policy expected, what is the situation in Australia’s offshore detention system, and what are the prospects […]

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