Flu vaccine delays for NI over-65s

There will be delays with the supply of a new flu jab for over-65s this year, the chief medical officer has said. Dr Michael McBride said that “manufacturing constraints” would mean that, for some people, the jab will not be available until late November. However, he added that everyone eligible would receive their injection before the More...

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By SLPundit On Friday, October 19th, 2018
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Depressed? The places not to live if you need help

A flagship NHS mental health service is failing patients in one in seven areas of England, research by the BBC shows. People with conditions like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are entitled More...

By SLPundit On Friday, October 19th, 2018
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EpiPen shortage: Chemists told to quiz parents on children's need

Chemists have been told by the NHS to check whether young children are in urgent need of adrenaline pens before dispensing the devices. Pharmacists must ask parents and carers how many auto-adrenaline injectors More...

By SLPundit On Friday, October 19th, 2018
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Children with problems or problem children?

There’s nothing pleasant about being on the end of a child’s angry or aggressive outburst – whether you’re a parent or a teacher. And if that outburst happens in a classroom rather than More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, October 18th, 2018
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Doctors 'need to start early conversation with patients about dying'

Doctors need to get better at having difficult conversations with dying patients and not just in their final days, according to a report from the Royal College of Physicians. It says doctors should talk to people More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, October 18th, 2018
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Length of ring and index fingers 'linked to sexuality'

Women whose left index and ring fingers are different lengths are more likely to be lesbians, a study suggests. Scientists measured the fingers of 18 pairs of female identical twins, where one was straight and More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
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Baby box safety doubts raised by experts

Baby boxes are being promoted as a safe alternative to standard cots, bassinets and Moses baskets despite a lack of evidence on their safety, experts warn. The cardboard boxes, which come with items like clothes More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
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Contaminated blood victims 'on the breadline'

People affected by the contaminated blood scandal “lost everything” and “had to live on the breadline” as they struggled financially, the chairman of the public inquiry says. In a letter More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
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'Miracle' baby whose heart stopped for 22 minutes turns one

A premature baby whose heart stopped beating for 22 minutes has been called a “miracle” by doctors who treated her, as she celebrates her first birthday. Lacey Sherriff, who was born at 27 weeks weighing More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
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Self-lubricating condom designed to reduce infections

Scientists say they have found a way to make self-lubricating latex condoms that become slippery on contact. It is thanks to a special, durable coating that should last throughout intercourse, says the team, More...