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Over 175,000 Patient Appointments and Procedures Cancelled During Junior Doctors’ Most Disruptive NHS Strike This Winter, BMA Urges Formal Pay Talks

  Tens of thousands of junior doctors participated in a 72-hour strike, causing the cancellation of over 175,000 patient appointments and procedures in England. Emergency care was provided by consultants, but many planned, non-urgent treatments had to be rescheduled, including hip and knee operations, routine checks for patients with diabetes, and cancer screenings. NHS England's medical director, Prof Sir Stephen Powis, called the strike "on an unprecedented scale," impacting efforts […]

todayMarch 17, 2023


Wrist device developed by University of Nottingham reduces tics in those with Tourette’s syndrome, tested by Lewis Capaldi

The University of Nottingham has developed a wrist device, called Neupulse, which delivers electrical pulses to reduce the frequency and severity of tics in people with Tourette's syndrome. A clinical trial involving 121 people in the UK showed an average reduction in tic frequency of 25%. Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi, who has Tourette's, recently tested the device and said he was impressed with the results. The university called the results […]

todayMarch 14, 2023 2

Business and tech

Changes to UK inflation basket reflect clean-living habits

Clean-living consumers' shopping habits are reflected in changes to the basket of goods and services used to calculate inflation by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The inflation basket contains more than 700 goods and services, with thousands of prices gathered from various outlets to calculate monthly inflation figures. The recent changes include the removal of alcopops and digital compact cameras, and the inclusion of frozen berries and electric bikes. […]

todayMarch 13, 2023


Experts reviewing potential rare brain side effect of popular nasal decongestants

Health experts are investigating a potential rare but serious side effect of nasal decongestants containing pseudoephedrine, which can cause vessels supplying the brain to contract or spasm, reducing blood flow and potentially leading to seizures or stroke. The review was initiated after regulators in France alerted the European drugs regulator, the EMA, about some recent, rare cases of brain blood vessel conditions. The UK-wide review will focus on posterior reversible […]

todayFebruary 24, 2023