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Bedside light tool could detect baby brain injury earlier

[ad_1] Image copyright UCL Sick babies admitted to a neonatal unit after a difficult birth could benefit from a new bedside tool to detect brain damage, researchers believe. The team at University College London has developed a device which shines light into the brain to monitor oxygen and energy levels.Broadband near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) could help doctors assess brain damage earlier and tailor treatment.A clinical trial of the technology is now
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The man who has performed 23,000 post-mortems

[ad_1] Image caption Dr Richard Shepherd has conducted post-mortems for more than three decades Forensic pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd has examined evidence in some of the most high-profile and tragic deaths in recent history - the 9/11 attacks, the 7/7 bombings, the deaths of Princess Diana and Stephen Lawrence. It has taken a mental toll."Two hundred damaged and dismembered bodies in one place leaves an image," Dr Richard Shepherd tells
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Deaths spiked during UK heatwave

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There was a spike in deaths in England at the start of this summer's heatwave, new data reveals. But statisticians say it is too early to tell how many of them can be attributed directly to the heat.On 25 and 26 June, when temperatures soared, there were 259 more deaths than the five-year average of 2,146 for those two days. It coincided with temperatures rising
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Mum’s fight to keep Southampton respite service open

[ad_1] The mother of a man with a rare genetic disorder has spoken of the value of respite centres after campaigning to keep one open in Southampton.The Kentish Road centre in Southampton, which Lisa Stead's son Harrison attended, closed in November 2017 due to budget cuts. Since the BBC investigation began, Southampton City Council has reversed its decision and reopened Kentish Road, but only at weekends. See more on Inside
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Pathologists shortage ‘delaying cancer diagnosis’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Patients are facing delays in diagnosis because of severe shortages among pathology staff, according to a report seen by the BBC. A survey by the Royal College of Pathologists found only 3% of the NHS histopathology departments that responded had enough staff. Histopathologists are doctors and scientists who diagnose and study diseases such as cancer.Hundreds more pathologists are now working in the NHS, health chiefs
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Transplant patient walked down aisle by donor’s dad

[ad_1] A woman who had a life-saving lung transplant has told BBC Radio 5 Live about the close relationship she's developed with her donor's family, including being walked down the aisle on her wedding day by her donor's father. Lisa Simkin from Nottingham, had the surgery in 2013. Her donor was 33-year-old Rhona, who had died of a brain haemorrhage days after giving birth to her second child.Six months after
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‘My girl’s meningitis was diagnosed as ear infection’

[ad_1] Image copyright Other It was a Sunday last August and Kirstie Walkden's nine-month-old daughter, Amy, had been out of sorts for a few days.Worried, she decided to take her to the local accident and emergency unit, where Amy was diagnosed with an ear infection and sent home with some medicine.Two days later, her condition had worsened. She had a sky-high temperature, was no longer eating or drinking and had
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Crowdfunded cancer treatments – do they work?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cancer sufferers are raising large sums of money for private treatments Crowdfunding for cancer treatments not available on the NHS has risen dramatically, according to figures published by the British Medical Journal. In the last three years, at least £7m has been raised by people on crowdfunding sites like JustGiving and GoFundMe. JustGiving's own figures show that more than 2,300 UK cancer-related appeals
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Cancer waiting times ‘at worst level ever’ in England

[ad_1] Image copyright SPL Image caption The statistics cover waits for tests such as MRI scans The key cancer target has been missed by a record margin in England, figures show.Patients who are given an urgent referral by their GP are meant to start treatment within 62 days.But in July, 78.2% were seen in that timeframe, the worst performance since records began in October 2009. It means more than 3,000