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11 Signs Someone Is Lying To You

Are you bad at spotting a lie?<p>New research by Dr. Leanne ten Brinke, a forensic psychologist at the Haas School of Business at the University of …

Psychology

NHS Wales: £700m 'black hole' fear as pressures rise

<b>The NHS in Wales could face a £700m black hole in its finances in just three years time according to new research by leading experts.</b><p>The health service here is "currently facing the most financially challenging period in its history", according to the Health Foundation think-tank.<p>The shortfall …

Fear of being grilled by GPs' receptionists keeps patients away

GPs’ receptionists are deterring patients from going to the doctor, with almost half of patients put off by worries they will be grilled about their symptoms, a study has found.<p>The Royal College of GPs last night reminded receptionists they should not be taking decisions about patients' health, …

Cancer

Cyber-blackmailers increasingly target NHS trusts with ransoms for patient data, figures reveal

NHS IT systems are increasingly vulnerable to attacks by cyber-blackmailers trying to extort ransoms from hospitals, according to reports.<p>At least 28 NHS trusts in England have been victims of ransomware incursions in the last 12 months, according to figures handed to the i in Freedom of …

Grumpy doctors harm patients, whistleblowing champion says

NHS employees must be more positive at work because grumpiness can harm patients and contribute to a “toxic environment”, the new whistleblowing chief has said.<p>Henrietta Hughes called on “every single person” in the health service to make it a happier place of work as she urged staff to “start …

Births led by midwives rather than doctors linked to greater risks – NZ study

The health outcomes for babies born in New Zealand where primary care is led by midwives are significantly worse when compared with care led by doctors, a major new study has found.<p>New Zealand and the Netherlands are the only two western countries to operate under a midwife-led birthing system. …

New Zealand

Lib Dems will turn NHS into National Health and Care Service, says Farron

Tim Farron will tell the Liberal Democrat conference that the party would rebrand the NHS to include a fully taxpayer-funded care service, warning that governments must be honest about raising taxes to ease the healthcare crisis.<p>In his leader’s speech in Brighton on Tuesday, Farron will say the …

Liberal Democrats

Seven-day NHS plans fail to address staffing needs, say MPs

Public accounts committee claims Jeremy Hunt does not know if supply of doctors and nurses can adequately meet demand<p>There has been “no coherent attempt” to assess how many staff will be needed to ensure that a seven-day NHS can function, parliament’s spending watchdog has found.<p>A report by the …

United Kingdom

Too many university applicants 'pick wrong subjects at 16'

<b>Too many university applicants realise too late they picked the wrong school subjects at 16, says Which?</b><p>The consumer group said almost a third (28%) of more than 1,000 UK 18- and 19-year-olds university applicants surveyed said they wished they had chosen different subjects.<p>And 41% wished they had …

Low-calorie sweetener 'linked with increased risk of leukemia' - study

The US manufacturer of Splenda has rebutted the study, stressing that extensive research has found sucralose to be safe for human consumption<p>An artificial sweetener promoted as a healthier alternative to sugar has been linked with an increased risk of leukemia in a new study.<p>Researchers at the …

Diabetes

Worker With Suspected Lassa Fever Treated in Atlanta

Emory University Hospital in Atlanta is treating a physician assistant suspected of having caught Lassa fever in West Africa.<p>The physician assistant, an American medical worker, was working in Togo for a missionary organization, arrived at the hospital Saturday morning. Emory said the patient may …

Disease

Families face higher charges for prescriptions and dentist appointments

Ministers have announced that basic NHS dental care will go up by 5% this year and next, while prescriptions will cost an extra 20pence<p>Families will pay more to visit the dentist and receive prescription drugs after the Government announced it will increase NHS charges this year and next.<p>The …

Alzheimer’s disease could be caused by herpes virus, warn experts

Drugs trials have failed and it's time to face up to the fact Alzheimer's is probably caused by viruses and bacteria, say scientists<p>Alzheimer’s disease could be caused by viruses like herpes, a group of renowned dementia experts have warned, as they call for urgent investigation into the link.<p>The …

Dementia

Hospitals told to cut staff amid spiralling NHS cash crisis

Exclusive: Nurses’ jobs threatened as regulators ditch policy brought in after Mid Staffs scandal of prioritising staff numbers<p>Hospitals are being told to shed staff to rescue the NHS from an acute funding crisis, leaving nurses and other frontline medical workers at risk of the sack.<p>NHS regulators …

Radiation Therapy

I nearly died because the hospital was so short of staff

Until a few years ago I was a doctor who believed that while flawed, if you were seriously ill the NHS would pick you up, whisk you away and provide you with everything you needed – competently and safely. That changed in 2012, when I began bleeding slowly after a planned caesarean section.<p>My new …

Physiology