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Clatterbridge Cancer Centre ‘may lose proton beam therapy’

[ad_1] Image caption BBC correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones was treated at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in July A centre which has been the home of the only UK facility for treating rare eye cancers may lose the technology in the future, health bosses have warned.The world's first low-energy proton beam therapy was performed at Wirral's Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in 1989.About 250 people receive the treatment every year, but the technology is
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‘Hundreds’ seek private clinics for medical cannabis

[ad_1] Hundreds of people in the UK are turning to private clinics for medical cannabis, BBC News has been told.Since its legalisation in November 2018, there have been very few, if any, prescriptions for medical cannabis containing THC on the NHS.And this has led some patients, with conditions such as epilepsy and MS, to pay up to £800 a month privately.The government said it sympathised with families "dealing so courageously
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Patients who cannot eat food ‘fear for lives’

[ad_1] Image copyright Keith Millen Image caption Keith Millen, from Bridgend, is completely dependent on bags of total parenteral nutrition - but supplies have been disrupted Patients who cannot eat have told BBC News they are petrified and fear for their lives after problems making their replacement nutrition. They are completely dependent on bags filled with a liquid that contains everything their body needs and is infused into their hearts.The
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Ipswich Hospital blackout caused by faulty battery

[ad_1] Image caption The power loss affected outpatients, X-rays, scans and pathology for nearly half an hour A faulty battery led to a back-up generator failing to kick in when a hospital lost power during a UK-wide power outage, it has been revealed.When two power stations became disconnected from the National Grid last Friday, power was cut to places including Ipswich Hospital because of the loss of power nationally.The hospital
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Lyme disease: Older white women ‘at highest risk’

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The characteristic bulls-eye rash seen in Lyme disease Older women are at most risk of contracting Lyme disease, a study suggests - and parts of southern and south-west England are "hotspots".There are around 3,000 cases of the disease - a bacterial infection carried by ticks - each year in the UK. But experts say everyone should become aware of the characteristic bulls-eye
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Dental surgeons urge England’s schools to go sugar-free

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than 40% of under-18s didn't visit an NHS dentist last year, figures show Dental surgeons are calling for the government in England to encourage all schools to go sugar-free in a bid to combat tooth decay.They say it is essential to cut sugar in school meals to tackle a condition affecting a quarter of five-year-olds.Dentists also want more supervised teeth-brushing in schools
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Stop cuts to adult social care, petition urges

[ad_1] Image caption Adult social care provides help with daily tasks More than 150,000 people have signed a petition calling for urgent action to fix the system that provides care for older and disabled people. It urges the prime minister "to end swingeing cuts", saying more than 1.4 million over-65s in England have been left without the support they need. Also, 40 health leaders have written to Boris Johnson to
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Deaths by suicide and drugs highest among Generation X

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Musician Kurt Cobain, who died when he was 27, belonged to Generation X People born in the 1960s and 70s stand out as the generation most likely to die by suicide or drug poisoning, data for England and Wales shows.The higher rate of fatalities began in the 1980s and 90s when people belonging to Generation X were in their 20s, and is still