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New diesel and petrol cars face 2040 ban in UK

New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the UK from 2040 in a bid to tackle air pollution, the government is set to announce. Ministers will also unveil a £255m fund to help councils tackle emissions from diesel vehicles, as part of a £3bn package of spending on air quality. The government will publish its court-mandated ...

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HIV-prevention ring trial a success among US teens

A vaginal ring to prevent HIV infection is popular with teenage girls, US scientists say. Women and girls aged 15-24 account for a fifth of all new HIV infections globally. Nearly 1,000 are infected every day in sub-Saharan Africa. Infused with microbicides, the ring, which sits on the cervix, has been shown to cut infections by 56%. Experts say it ...

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NHS 'does not need more money to improve'

Media playback is unsupported on your device The NHS does not necessarily need more money to improve care, the outgoing chief inspector of hospitals in England, Prof Sir Mike Richards, says. Sir Mike said there were more cost-effective ways of running the service, such as ending the use of what he called “very expensive” agency nurses. There was “no doubt” ...

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Vaginal implants: Report recommends recording complications

An NHS England report on vaginal mesh implants has recommended better support and communication between patients and doctors over the devices. The Mesh Oversight Group report also said complications caused by the implants should be recorded so that experts fully understood the risks. Vaginal mesh implants are used to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. But some women ...

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Sperm count drop 'could make humans extinct'

Humans could become extinct if sperm counts in men continue to fall at current rates, a doctor has warned. Researchers assessing the results of nearly 200 studies say sperm counts among men from North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, seem to have halved in less than 40 years. Some experts are sceptical of the Human Reproduction Update findings. But ...

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Disgraced surgeon Ian Paterson struck off by tribunal

Disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson who carried out unnecessary cancer operations has been struck off. Paterson, 59, was sentenced in May to 15 years in jail for 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful wounding. Nottingham Crown Court heard he exaggerated or invented the risk of cancer in patients. A tribunal has now ruled his actions ...

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More than 86,000 NHS posts vacant, says report

More than 86,000 NHS posts were vacant between January 2017 and March 2017, figures for England suggest. Statistics from NHS Digital, which collates data, shows the number of vacancies climbed by almost 8,000 compared to the same period in 2016. Nurses and midwives accounted for the highest proportion of shortages, with 11,400 vacant posts in March 2017. The Department of ...

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Charlie Gard: Court hears hospice best option for baby

Moving Charlie Gard to a hospice to die would be the best option for the terminally-ill baby, a court has heard. The 11-month-old’s parents had returned to the High Court to seek permission to take him home for “a few days of tranquillity outside the hospital”. But Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) said there were practical problems with that proposal, ...

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Trump says Apple will build three 'big' new plants in US

Apple’s boss has promised to build three new manufacturing plants in the United States, according to an interview President Donald Trump has given to the Wall Street Journal. President Trump told the Journal he had a phone conversation with Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook. “I spoke to (Cook), he’s promised me three big plants – big, big, big,” said President ...

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Trump says Apple will build three 'big' new plants in US

Apple’s boss has promised to build three new manufacturing plants in the United States, according to an interview President Donald Trump has given to the Wall Street Journal. President Trump told the Journal he had a phone conversation with Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook. “I spoke to (Cook), he’s promised me three big plants – big, big, big,” said President ...

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