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Success for Tony Brownlie in the 2018 London Marathon

Tony Brownlie took to the streets of London yesterday, for the hottest London Marathon on record. More than 40,000 runners took part, in temperatures of 24.1C, as reported by the Met Office, with even hotter temperatures for the runners themselves, due to the heat absorbed by the roads and from other competitors.

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Coroner’s Court jury verdict on mother’s tragic death

A jury inquest completed this week at Norfolk Coroner’s Court in Norwich recorded a narrative verdict, heavily critical of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, in the disturbing case of a 36-year-old mother with a long-running history of mental health crises.

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Inquest jury to hear case of mother’s tragic death

A jury inquest at Norfolk Coroner’s Court in Norwich opening on 19 March will hear evidence from those involved in the care of a 36-year-old mother, with a long-running history of mental health crises, in respect of the events leading up to her death.

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A&E units to be staffed by doctors’ assistants

We all know to expect the already overstretched NHS to be under further pressure during the winter months. Staff shortages have been widely reported for some time, and the NHS is introducing moves designed to fill the gaps.

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Risks of epilepsy drug in pregnancy

The European Medicines Agency is currently reviewing whether patients were given adequate warnings regarding the drug Sodium Valproate.

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The dangers of fake medical news online

Attitudes to cancer have changed dramatically over the years, so too has access to information about the disease. More and more people are using the web to research their symptoms and treatment, but not all sites give a true and honest view of the condition.

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Sepsis – The hidden killer

Hospitals are missing the symptoms of sepsis and failing to administer antibiotics quickly enough, according to a recent investigation featured in a BBC Panorama programme. Figures obtained by the BBC show that 24 NHS acute hospital trusts failed to give intravenous antibiotics within an hour to half the patients considered to need the treatment for this lifethreatening condition. Sepsis kills around 44,000 people in the UK each year, and causes more deaths than breast cancer, bowel cancer and prostate cancer put together. It occurs when the body’s defences go into overdrive to fight off a major infection.

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The doctor will see you now… online

NHS England is offering a £45m fund to support GP practices to adopt online consultation systems. However, researchers say that evidence from a pilot exercise has shown that the use and effectiveness of online consultation facilities is limited.

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Medical misconduct

Regulations to be overhauled

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Tearing during childbirth

Women need to be better informed about their birth choices

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