Asperger artist: Patrick Samuel says art saved his life

Patrick Samuel has Asperger’s syndrome. He uses art to deal with depression and self-injurious behaviour. Less than a year after picking up a paintbrush, he is planning his first solo exhibition. Asperger artist: Patrick Samuel says art saved his life

Operations cancelled as cyber attack hits NHS Lanarkshire hospitals and GPs

Operations cancelled as cyber attack hits NHS Lanarkshire hospitals and GPs

Image copyright NHS Lanarkshire Operations have been cancelled after hospitals and GP practices run by NHS Lanarkshire were hit by a cyber-attack. The health board confirmed malicious software had been detected in IT systems, causing appointments and procedures to be postponed. It said it “took immediate action” to put a solution in place and minimise […]

Stopping conflict ‘boiling over’ at children’s hospitals

Stopping conflict ‘boiling over’ at children’s hospitals

In his final ruling on the distressing and tortuous legal case of baby Charlie Gard, the High Court judge said last month that mediation should be tried in all such cases. Is it possible to defuse conflict between parents and hospital staff in these highly charged situations? A project that began at Evelina Children’s Hospital, […]

Middle-aged told to walk faster

Middle-aged told to walk faster

Media captionGet off the bus early … and other ways to get walking Middle-aged people are being urged to walk faster to help stay healthy, amid concern high levels of inactivity may be harming their health. Officials at Public Health England said the amount of activity people did started to tail off from the age […]

Lithium in tap water may cut dementia

Lithium in tap water may cut dementia

Image copyright Getty Images People with higher levels of lithium in their drinking water appear to have a lower risk of developing dementia, say researchers in Denmark. Lithium is naturally found in tap water, although the amount varies. The findings, based on a study of 800,000 people, are not clear-cut. The highest levels cut risk, […]

India swine flu death toll rises above 1,000 this year

India swine flu death toll rises above 1,000 this year

Image copyright AFP Image caption 2016 saw a dip in recorded deaths and affected cases, but this year they have risen. India appears to be in the grip of a swine flu outbreak with 1,094 recorded deaths over the past eight months, said an official report on Wednesday. The last three weeks have seen the […]

Health service savings consultation launched

Health service savings consultation launched

Image copyright PA Image caption Public meetings were held by Northern Ireland’s five health trusts on Thursday Health trusts have unveiled £70m of cost-saving proposals that the public will have the opportunity to respond to in the coming weeks. The public consultation of saving plans is an unprecedented move for trusts. The five trusts have […]

Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals’ merger moves a step closer

Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals’ merger moves a step closer

Image caption Ipswich and Colchester trusts are already under a single chief executive Two hospital trusts in the East of England have moved a step closer to integrating clinical services. The NHS trust boards of Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals have voted to develop plans for a single combined organisation to care for patients. The two […]

Green man road crossings ‘too fast’

Green man road crossings ‘too fast’

Image copyright Getty Images The green man walking sign on pedestrian crossings may be too fast for elderly people to cross the road safely, suggest new draft guidelines for local councils. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence wants to make it easier for people with limited mobility to get out and about. Most […]

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