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Google halts glucose-sensing contact lens project

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIn this video from 2014, Google said the sensors on the smart contact lens were so small they looked like bits of glitterA firm from Google's parent company Alphabet has stopped working on one of its first projects - a contact lens designed to monitor blood sugar levels.The device was supposed to assist people living with diabetes.Verily had partnered with pharmaceutical
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Blackpool hospital medic held over ‘poisoning’ claims

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption Police said the investigation was at a very early stage A healthcare professional at a hospital has been arrested over the alleged administration of poison or a noxious substance to patients. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust raised concerns over care to some patients on 8 November, Lancashire Police said.The allegations related to the alleged mistreatment and neglect of some patients on the stroke
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Hyponatraemia Inquiry: GMC investigates two doctors

[ad_1] Image caption The children who died were Adam Strain, Raychel Ferguson, Claire Roberts and Conor Mitchell. Lucy Crawford's family chose not to release a photograph The General Medical Council is investigating two more doctors linked to the Hyponatraemia Inquiry.The inquiry examined the deaths of five children in Northern Ireland. Dr Heather Steen and Dr Robert Taylor were involved in the care of Claire Roberts who died at the Royal
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Peanut allergy treatment ‘in sight’

[ad_1] Image caption Emily says she can now enjoy eating birthday cake with friends Peanut allergy can be beaten with a treatment that slowly builds up tolerance, a large study shows. None of nearly 500 four- to 17-year-olds from the US and Europe could tolerate even a 10th of a peanut.But after taking tiny daily doses for a year, two-thirds could tolerate at least two whole peanuts. Emily Pratt, six,
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Hospital noise levels growing worse, say researchers

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Noise levels in hospitals are getting worse, research suggests.Anyone who has ever stayed overnight in a hospital will know how difficult it can be to sleep, surrounded by staff, machinery, trolleys and telephones.In the UK, 40% of hospital patients are bothered by noise at night, according to in-patient surveys.But it's not only the patients' wellbeing that may be affected - high noise levels can also have
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Giving blood: ‘We are reliant on blood donors to keep Henry alive’

[ad_1] Image copyright NHS Image caption Since his birth, Henry Alderson, two, has relied on blood donors to keep him alive Every blood donation "can save up to three lives", yet come December thousands miss vital appointments to give blood, as the festivities kick in.It can make a huge difference to patients like two-year-old Henry Alderson who needs blood transfusions every two weeks.Last year, more than 9,000 people cancelled donor
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Alopecia patients call for NHS to fund real hair wigs

[ad_1] 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 than two years ago after her mother noticed a bald patch the size of a
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Gary Lightbody angry at politicians on mental health

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe singer has previously spoken about his own battles with depressionSnow 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 previously spoken about his own battles with depression.In an interview with BBC News NI, he said: "I
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‘I didn’t worry about getting HIV’

[ad_1] 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 BBC Radio 5 live in the hope it will inspire more people to get
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Allied Healthcare to transfer care contracts

[ad_1] 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 find new providers.The company says it is working closely with councils to ensure there is no