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Alopecia patients call for NHS to fund real hair wigs

Image copyright BSIP via Getty Images Image caption People with alopecia want better access to good quality wigs to help with the psychological impacts of the condition The NHS should fund real hair wigs for people with alopecia and better recognise the psychological impacts, people with the condition have said. Julie Mees was diagnosed more […]

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Snow Patrol star on mental health concerns

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe singer has previously spoken about his own battles with depression Snow Patrol star Gary Lightbody says he feels “angry” that Northern Ireland has no devolved government while mental health issues remain a problem. Northern Ireland has the highest suicide rate in the UK. The singer has […]

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Mental health: Firms ask PM to deliver on pledge

Image copyright iStock Some of Britain’s biggest employers are pressing the government to honour a promise to give mental health the same status as physical health at work. Royal Mail and WH Smith are among the companies asking the PM to follow through on her manifesto pledge to update health and safety legislation. That would […]

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'I didn't worry about getting HIV'

Image copyright Max Max is HIV positive, Alex is HIV negative. They began dating two years ago, just after Max learned about his status. They took part in a landmark health study that proved someone with HIV but on effective treatment could not transmit the virus through sex. They couple have shared their story with […]

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Allied Healthcare to transfer care contracts

Image copyright Science Photo Library A major UK home care provider, offering support to 13,000 older and disabled people, is seeking to transfer or sell all its contracts to other providers. Allied Healthcare was warned this month by the care regulator about its financial sustainability. Since then, some local authorities have already taken steps to […]

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NHS bosses look to overhaul cancer screening

Image copyright Science Photo Library Cancer screening programmes are to be reviewed following high-profile mistakes that have put thousands of patients in England at risk. NHS England has asked former government cancer tsar Sir Mike Richards to look at what changes are needed. Three national schemes cover breast, cervical and bowel cancers. On Wednesday, it […]

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Thousand caught up in cervical screening blunder

Image copyright Science Photo Library More than 40,000 women in England have not received information regarding cervical cancer screening after a failure to send out letters by the NHS. The errors were made between January and June. Around 4,000 of them were results of tests, the remainder were letters inviting them for screening or reminding […]