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Highest ever level for overnight bed occupancy

New figures have shown that the average overnight occupancy in hospitals from January to March this year rose to 91.4 per cent.

‘Breaking point' for NHS after 'one of worst winters'

The BMA is warning that the NHS is at ‘breaking point’ after hospitals in England ‘endured one of the worst winters on record’.

NHS to prepare for further terrorist incidents

The NHS has told every hospital in England to ‘prepare for a further incident’, following the recent Manchester attack.

Aged care must increase by a quarter to meet needs, study concludes

New research, conducted by the University of Liverpool, University College London (UCL), University of Gdansk and INSERM Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health, has highlighted that the UK’s aged social care must grow by 25 per cent within 10 years to meet increasing needs.

Nurses use social media to support care for vulnerable patients

Members of the Critical Care Outreach Team at East Kent Hospitals are using social media to help them care for vulnerable patients.

Fitness trackers produce inaccurate data on calories burned, scientists claim

A team of researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has found that the majority of fitness tracking devices do not report accurate data on energy expenditure, or calories burned.

Coffee consumption linked to reduced liver cancer risk, study suggests

Research conducted by the Universities of Edinburgh and Southampton has suggested that drinking coffee may help to protect people from the most common form of primary liver cancer.

NHS Shetland agree to allow patients to fly to attend appointments

The board at NHS Shetland have agreed that patients travelling to Aberdeen to attend appointments will still be able to fly, after previously planning to use ferry trips to cut costs.

Carrying fat around middle increases risk of cancer, research suggests

New research from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC-WHO) has shown that carrying fat around your middle could be as good an indicator of cancer risk as body mass index (BMI).

Vitamin D linked to better pain management, study finds

A paper published in the Journal of Endocrinology, has indicated that Vitamin D supplementation combined with good sleeping habits may help manage pain-related diseases.

GPs should offer opportunistic STI testing, study recommends

Research carried out at Gloucester Royal Hospital has concluded that GPs should offer opportunistic sexual health testing to young patients attending routine appointments.

NHS and emergency services praised for response to terror attack

The British Medical Association (BMA) has sent its deepest sympathies to families affected by the terrorist bombing in Manchester and praised the rapid response of the NHS and emergency services.

Urban adolescents at greater risk of psychosis, study shows

A new study from King’s College London and Duke University has shown that living in a city could significantly increase young people’s vulnerability to psychotic experiences.

Platelet test found to predict cancer risk , research finds

A large-scale study carried out by the University of Exeter has indicated that having a high blood platelet count is a strong predictor of cancer and should be urgently investigated to save lives.

Daily assaults between care home residents, BBC reports

An investigation by File on 4 has revealed that police recorded 1,200 assaults between residents living at care homes between 2014 and 2016.

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