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Charlie Cooper is Health Reporter for the Independent

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Key waiting times targets for A&E, cancer treatment and routine operations were also missed

NHS in crisis: English health service runs £500m deficit in just three months

The NHS in England has been rocked by “dire” new financial figures which reveal that the two thirds of hospitals are in the red, in the latest warning sign of an imminent financial crisis that experts said could lead to staff cuts, longer waiting times, and poorer patient care.

Angelina Jolie revealed in May 2013 that she had had a double mastectomy after genetic tests showed her to be at high risk of breast cancer

The 'Angelina Jolie effect': Her mastectomy revelation doubled NHS breast cancer testing referrals

GP referrals to family history clinics were up two-and-a-half times

At one stage 12 operational ambulances had been outside the department

NHS cutbacks blamed for death of great-grandmother in ambulance queue

The family of a grandmother who died in an ambulance as it waited in a queue outside hospital have blamed “cutbacks” to the Welsh NHS for her death.

Members of Unison, which represents 300,000 nurses, healthcare assistants, porters and other staff, voted for strike action over pay by a two thirds majority

NHS nurses, healthcare assistants and porters vote to strike over pay

First NHS staff strike since 1982

The researchers said their findings should lead to routine blood tests for prostate cancer patients

Some prostate cancer treatments could make the disease worse, scientists claim

Some common treatments for prostate cancer may actually encourage tumour growth and make the disease worse, a major new study has found.

Figures show that 10 per cent of 11 to 18-year-olds have now tried e-cigarettes – up from three per cent last year

Numbers of children using e-cigarettes 'on the rise'

E-cigarette use among children is on the rise in the UK, but the vast majority of those using them are already current or ex-smokers, a new survey has revealed.

Obesity and a lack of physical activity lead to high blood pressure, which has been linked to many cases of dementia

Losing weight and quitting smoking help guard against dementia, study says

Quitting smoking, losing weight and reducing our heart disease and diabetes risk all give us a better chance of growing old without suffering from dementia, a global study has said.

The current process is time consuming and invasive: factors which are believed to have contributed to a fall in uptake of the test to below 80 per cent

New urine test could replace invasive smear tests

A simple urine test which can detect the human papilloma virus (HPV) could offer women a much less invasive alternative to the cervical cancer screening or ‘smear’ test, experts have said.

The findings suggest that some of the genetic factors which influence birth size may play a part in influencing an infant’s mental development
Stephen Sutton originally set out to raise £10,00

Stephen Sutton's £5m legacy: Teenager raises enough money for five new cancer wards

The millions raised by Sutton will help to train nurses and fund special events 

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His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam