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General election 2019: Labour vows to end dental check-up charges

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Everyone will be entitled to a "free teeth MOT" in England under a Labour government, the party says.Labour is proposing to scrap band one dentistry charges, which cover a check up, a scale and polish, and any X-rays that may be needed.It believes patients are put off going because of the fee - a check up costs £22.70 - with many ending up in A&E.Dental
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Switch to vaping ‘helps smokers’ hearts’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Smokers can improve the health of their hearts within weeks of switching to e-cigarettes, the largest trial of its kind shows. The month-long study of 114 smokers suggests vaping has the potential to reduce heart attack and stroke risk. The team, at the University of Dundee, stressed vaping was "not safe" - just less harmful than tobacco.The British Heart Foundation said stopping smoking was the
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Worcester University student in meningitis warning after collapse

[ad_1] Image copyright Griffin family Image caption Matthew Griffin woke up four days after being admitted to hospital A student rushed to hospital after being found collapsed by his father has warned about the dangers of bacterial meningitis. Mathew Griffin, of Stourport-on-Severn, had assumed he had flu or food poisoning after feeling "shivery" and vomiting but became seriously ill. He woke up in hospital four days later and had missed
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Abusive ‘don’t block driveways’ note left on ambulance in Southend

[ad_1] Image copyright Facebook/Your Southend Image caption The East of England Ambulance the abusive message was left on ambulance parked in Southend Paramedics attending an emergency callout had an abusive note left on their ambulance telling them "you can't block people's driveways".The East of England Ambulance Service said the note was placed on a vehicle in Southend on Thursday night.The message said the crew should have "asked" before parking and
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Severe allergic reactions rise in children in England over past five years

[ad_1] Image copyright Family handout/PA Wire Image caption Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died in 2016 after eating a baguette containing hidden sesame The number of children being admitted to hospital in England with a severe allergic reaction has risen every year for the past five years.NHS figures show 1,746 children were treated for anaphylactic shock in 2018-19, up from 1,015 in 2013-14. The parents of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who died in 2016 after
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Complementary cancer therapies ‘do more harm than good’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Herbal compounds such as garlic, ginger and ginseng can delay the healing of skin wounds Cancer patients should tell their doctors if they are taking herbal products because some of the ingredients could stop their treatment working, a cancer conference has heard.Garlic, ginger and ginkgo pills, for example, can delay the healing of skin wounds when breast cancer spreads.Surgeon Prof Maria Joao Cardoso,
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General election 2019: Is the NHS the best health service possible?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Political parties are generally in agreement about one thing - that the NHS needs more money. But is money all it takes?To answer this, it's helpful to look at whether the NHS is getting the best out of its existing budget - and how that compares with other countries.Value for moneyThere's no single way of measuring the efficiency of a health service, though various bodies
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Teen Instagrammers open up on mental health chat

[ad_1] Two teenagers have set up an online initiative hoping to persuade more young people to talk openly about mental health. Harry Johnson, 19, from Stoke-on-Trent, and Samuel Starmer, 17, from Congleton, run The Compassion Initiative via social media platforms.Harry, who presents the videos, said setting up the programme had helped to save his life.Filmed by Ben MooreEdited by Catherine Mackie [ad_2] Source link
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Getting NHS back on track ‘could take many years’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images NHS waiting times have lengthened so much that it could take many years to get them back on target in England, experts say.There are three flagship NHS waiting time targets covering cancer, A&E and routine operations.It is more than three years since any of them were hit in England.And despite the pledges of extra money for the NHS by the three main political parties, it
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Election 2019: NHS policy check – what to look out for in party manifestos

[ad_1] Throughout the 2019 general election campaign, the BBC wants to answer your questions about the issues that matter most to you. The NHS is one of the areas that people have said they are most concerned about.The BBC's health editor Hugh Pym has picked out some of the key issues - staffing, social care, mental health support and A&E provision. In this video, he explains how to navigate the