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Mums sick of kids’ illnesses - 18 times a year

The average mum will fall ill 324 times over their youngster’s childhood with colds and bugs passed on to them by their offspring, a study has found.

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British mothers drinking during pregnancy put us in worst five nations for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

British mothers drinking during pregnancy put us in worst five nations for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

Britain is among the top five countries worldwide for mothers drinking during pregnancy, according to new research.

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Hidden sugar in everyday foods could be causing us to die younger

‘Hidden sugar in everyday foods could be causing us to die younger’

The “hidden sugar” in our diets could be causing us to die younger, according to scientists.

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University students urged to get vaccinated against meningitis and septicaemia

University students urged to get vaccinated against meningitis and septicaemia

Public Health England (PHE) are urging all new university students to get vaccinated against deadly meningococcal disease.

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Obesity in dogs sparks epidemic of canine arthritis

Britain’s pet dogs are suffering an epidemic of arthritis and obesity among canines could be to blame, experts have warned.

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Majority support raising tax to support struggling NHS

Majority support raising tax to support struggling NHS

The NHS dominated headlines this week after the Red Cross declared it a “humanitarian crisis” but latest research from YouGov suggests the public are willing to pay a little extra to support the struggling health service.

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How ‘crippling cuts’ are affecting our elderly in Dacorum

How ‘crippling cuts’ are affecting our elderly in Dacorum

A pensioner who drained her ISA account of funds for taxi fares to visit her sick husband at Watford Hospital is just one example of how crippling care cuts are affecting the elderly.

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A&E waiting times increase more than twentyfold in just four years at Watford Hospital

The number of patients waiting 12 hours or more in A&E has increased more than 20-fold in just four years.

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Grateful thanks for ‘overwhelming’ festive donations to children’s ward

Young patients, doctors, nurses and other staff on the children’s ward at Watford Hospital have thanked the public for an “overwhelming” number of Christmas donations.

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Cleaning ears with cotton buds bad for you

Cleaning ears with cotton buds bad for you

It may be satisfying getting a cotton wool bud to clear your ears of gunk, but cleaning away earwax could damage your hearing, according to a new study.

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Five little-known diseases to watch out for in 2017

The phrase “emerging disease”, to describe an infectious disease that is new to humans or which is suddenly increasing its geographical range or number of cases, dates back to the 1960s.

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Sugar-free drinks as bad as real thing

Sugar-free drinks ‘as bad as real thing’

Drinking Diet Coke won’t stop you getting fat, according to new research.

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‘Black hole’ for social care in Hertfordshire

Social care faces a £7million black hole next year – even if bosses at County Hall increase council tax by more than they currently plan to do.

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Tips to feel well now that 2017 has arrived

We all have New Year’s Resolution to get fitter, healthier and happier in 2017 – but NHS bosses have issued a series of tips that can make you feel better without having to hit the gym five times a week.

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Debate future of Herts’ healthcare

A major healthcare overhaul will be discussed at Hemel Hempstead School on Tuesday, January 31, from 7-9pm.

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Patients no more at risk of death on weekends than during week

Patients no more at risk of death on weekends than during week

Patients are not a greater risk of dying on weekends than at any other times, a British academic argued.

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New hope for sufferers?

Single protein could stop Alzheimer’s

A single protein could “cure” Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, a new study found.

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Slimmers who set ambitious targets lose twice as much weight

Slimmers who set ambitious targets lose twice as much weight

Slimmers who set ambitious targets lose twice as many pounds as those who try to be realistic, according to new research.

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Sunlight boosts health by energising immune system

Sunlight boosts health by energising immune system

Now the days are getting longer again it’s encouraging to know sunlight boosts our health by energising the immune system, according to new research.

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How your Christmas turkey arrives already stuffed – with antibiotics

You may consider the turkey to be a traditional part of your Christmas celebrations. But however you cook it, something about this festive bird is changing – it’s getting fatter.

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