Early brain ‘signs of Parkinson’s’ found

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have identified the earliest signs of Parkinson’s disease in the brain, 15 to 20 years before symptoms appear. Scans of a small number of high-risk patients found malfunctions in the brain’s serotonin system, which controls mood, sleep and movement. The King’s College London researchers say the discovery could […]

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Hyponatraemia whistleblower and health service ‘failed’

Image caption The 14-year inquiry into hyponatraemia-related deaths was set up to examine the deaths of the children – Adam Strain, Raychel Ferguson, Claire Roberts and Conor Mitchell. Lucy Crawford’s family chose not to release a photograph An investigation into how a whistleblower’s hyponatraemia concerns were handled by officials has found the wrong conclusions were […]

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Listeria outbreak: More affected hospitals named

Image copyright Getty Images Eight hospitals in seven NHS Trusts have reported cases of listeria linked to pre-packed sandwiches and salads eaten by patients, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed. The list includes Leicester Royal Infirmary and two hospitals in Western Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, along with hospitals in Derby, Liverpool, Manchester and Wexham. Nine […]

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Lyme disease has ‘dominated’ my life

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMorven-May MacCallum is still suffering nine years after starting treatment Morven-May MacCallum says her life is still “completely dominated” by Lyme disease, nine years on from starting treatment. About 200 people a year in Scotland are recorded with the disease but the true number is thought to […]

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End-of-life care not ‘culturally competent’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHospice support for BAME families A study has been launched to try to boost the number of black and Asian people using end-of-life care services. Figures suggest black and Asian patients are 20% less likely to seek palliative help than their white counterparts. There is concern they […]

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Deadly Ebola outbreak ‘not global threat’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC’s Anne Soy reports from the Uganda-DR Congo border The World Health Organization has decided not to declare a global emergency over the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The WHO said Ebola was “very much an emergency” in the region, but it did […]

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