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NHS waste backlog: Criminal probe launched

Image copyright Getty Images A criminal investigation has been launched after a backlog of medical waste was allowed to build up at several disposal sites. It emerged on Thursday that the waste from hospitals had not been disposed of in a timely fashion by contractor Healthcare Environmental Services. The Environment …

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Irish smear scandal: Woman who highlighted failures dies

Image copyright RTÉ Image caption Emma Mhic Mhathúna was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016 A woman at the centre of the Republic of Ireland’s cervical cancer smear scandal has died. Emma Mhic Mhathúna was one of the most public figures in the ‘CervicalCheck’ national screening programme crisis. She was …

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‘Higher levels of PTSD among veterans’, says study

Image caption TV dramas like the BBC’s Bodyguard have helped increase awareness of PTSD Post-traumatic stress disorder of serving Army personnel and military veterans has increased in the last 10 years, a new study suggests. Most sufferers were veterans who saw active combat; 17% reported symptoms of probable PTSD. Experts …

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Type-2 diabetes signs ‘detectable years before diagnosis’

Image copyright Getty Images The warning signs of type-2 diabetes may be detectable 20 years before the disease is diagnosed, researchers say. Elevated fasting blood sugar levels and insulin resistance were seen in people years before they developed pre-diabetes, often a pre-cursor to type-2, a study found. The findings suggest …

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