Hospital ‘abused’ vulnerable adults in Durham

Image caption An undercover BBC reporter spent two months doing shifts undercover at Whorlton Hall The abuse and mistreatment of vulnerable adults at a specialist hospital has been uncovered by the BBC’s Panorama programme. Undercover BBC filming shows staff intimidating, mocking and restraining patients with learning disabilities and autism at Whorlton Hall, County Durham. Experts […]

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Aspirin ‘safe’ for brain-bleed strokes

Image copyright Getty Images Patients who have had a stroke caused by bleeding in the brain can safely take aspirin to cut their risk of future strokes and heart problems, according to a new study. Aspirin thins the blood and so doctors have been cautious about giving it, fearing it could make bleeds worse. But […]

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MRI scan death of Torbay teenager investigated

Image caption Alice Sloman died three days after an MRI scan at Torbay Hospital The death of a 14-year-old girl following an MRI scan is to be investigated by a health watchdog. Alice Sloman, from Torbay, had autism and was given an anaesthetic for the scan after becoming “extremely anxious” and “hypersensitive”. But a hormone […]

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Decriminalise prostitution, say nurses

Image copyright Getty Images Prostitution should be decriminalised to protect the health and welfare of sex workers, nurses say. The Royal College of Nursing is to start lobbying government to change the law after members voted in favour of the move at their annual conference. Nurses said the current law put sex workers at risk […]

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‘Broken’ care system for most vulnerable

Image copyright Getty Images Patients with mental health problems, autism and learning disabilities are being let down by a “broken” care system, a report warns. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says it knows of at least 62 adults and children that have been living in segregation in mental health hospitals for long periods of time. […]

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Heart scan ‘could pick up signs of sudden death risk’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Fabrice Muamba collapsed while playing for Bolton Wanderers in 2012 Scientists say a new scan technique could identify people at risk of collapsing and dying suddenly from a hidden heart condition. Normally, in people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, signs of structural changes in the heart can only be picked up after […]

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Hoddesdon dental patients offered HIV tests

Image copyright PAImage caption It is feared 563 patients were treated using unclean equipment Hundreds of dental patients have been offered blood tests over fears they could have been exposed to HIV or Hepatitis B or C. Dirty equipment may have been used to treat 563 patients of a former hygienist at Dentality@Hoddesdon. Public Health […]

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