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Sneezing myths and facts

BBC Health News - 16/01/2018
Can you sneeze with your eyes open and what is the best way to stop a sneeze?

Manchester Children's Hospital: 'Dangerously low' staffing levels reported

BBC Health News - 16/01/2018
Using an "honesty box" to voice their concerns, medical staff say they fear patients' safety is being risked.

Cost legacy of decades-old NHS blunders begins to rise

BBC Health News - 16/01/2018
Experts say maternity wards are still making the same "avoidable errors".

Employers urged to 'normalise' menopause in the workplace

BBC Health News - 16/01/2018
A BBC survey found 70% of women did not tell their employers about their menopause symptoms.

Scottish NHS waiting times performance at new low

BBC Health News - 16/01/2018
The latest weekly figures showed that 77.9% of patients were dealt with within the four-hour target time.

Revolution in health and social care urged in Wales

BBC Health News - 16/01/2018
There is an appetite for bold changes in the NHS and social care in Wales, says an expert review.

'Staggering' trade in fake degrees revealed

BBC Health News - 16/01/2018
Doctors and a defence contractor are among those buying bogus qualifications, a BBC probe finds.

Man ruptures throat by stifling a sneeze

BBC Health News - 16/01/2018
Clamping your nose and mouth shut when you need to sneeze is dangerous, doctors warn the public.

What does NHS compensation pay for?

BBC Health News - 16/01/2018
The Hord family were given an £8m settlement after an NHS mistake. But what does it pay for?

Black Death 'spread by humans not rats'

BBC Health News - 15/01/2018
Human body lice, rather than rat fleas, spread plague during the Black Death, a study simulating the outbreak suggests.

Almost 500 operations postponed across Scottish hospitals last week

BBC Health News - 15/01/2018
A rapid rise in flu cases and a spell of severe weather has put additional pressure on the NHS in Scotland.

UK sends medics to halt Rohingya diphtheria outbreak

BBC Health News - 15/01/2018
There have been 4,000 suspected cases of diphtheria in the overcrowded refugee camps and at least 31 deaths.

Coca-Cola to cut bottle size but increase price in face of sugar tax

BBC Health News - 15/01/2018
Bottles of the famous fizzy drink will be smaller and more expensive from March onwards.

A&E volunteer students 'will work within capabilities'

BBC Health News - 15/01/2018
But bosses insist medical students helping meet winter NHS demand will work within their abilities.

Beads of Courage

BBC Health News - 15/01/2018
Children undergoing cancer treatment receive beads to document their journey and one mum wants to expand the scheme.

London's January air quality 'best in 10 years'

BBC Health News - 15/01/2018
The capital has breached air pollution limits by 6 January every year since 2008.

NI's chief nursing officer says A&E's 'not in crisis'

BBC Health News - 15/01/2018
Northern Ireland's chief nursing officer says NI emergency departments are "not in crisis".

Weston's tribute to 'remarkable' Falklands surgeon

BBC Health News - 15/01/2018
The Falkands veteran says Surgeon Captain Rick Jolly saved his life and transformed field medicine.

'Being a teenage mother is so lonely'

BBC Health News - 15/01/2018
New guidelines aim to cut UK teenage pregnancy rates which remain among the highest in Europe.

'Floating on air' after surgeons remove 19kg tumour

BBC Health News - 15/01/2018
Watch surgeons as they remove a 19.5kg tumour from a woman's body.