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The hospital helping heal the Middle East

[ad_1] The wounds of the patients on the wards of a special Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in Jordan reflect the brutal conflicts in the Middle East over the past few years. It treats injured Iraqis, Syrians and Yemenis, and provides physiotherapy and mental health services as well as advanced surgery. Over the past 10

‘UK wellbeing rises after Brexit vote’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images In the year after the UK narrowly voted to exit the European Union, there was a small but significant increase in the population’s feeling of wellbeing, official statistics show. The improvements in areas such as life satisfaction and happiness were seen only in England, however. Elsewhere, the rates flatlined. People

Malaria breath test shows promise

[ad_1] Image copyright Washington University People with malaria give off a distinctive “breath-print” that could be used as a test for the disease, according to American scientists. They had already tried out a crude prototype breathalyser in Africa, a tropical medicine conference heard. The test was reasonably good at detecting cases in children, but needs

NHS staff ‘working on edge of safety’

[ad_1] NHS staff in England are working on the “edge of safety” as rising demand is outstripping the increasing numbers being employed, health bosses say. There are now 6% more staff than there were three years ago, but demand for services has risen by three times as much in some areas. NHS Providers, which represents

Australia gonorrhoea cases surge 63%

[ad_1] Image copyright CNRI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Gonorrhoea rates have soared 72% for men and 43% for women. The number of cases of gonorrhoea in Australia has soared by 63% in the past five years, a new study has found. Australian researchers say the rise in gonorrhoea diagnoses was led by an increase in

NHS offers smartphone GP appointments

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A 24-hour service has been launched for NHS patients, offering GP consultations via videolink on smartphones. The pilot scheme will initially cover 3.5 million patients in greater London. Patients will be able to check their symptoms through the mobile app and then have video consultations within two hours of booking.