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E-cigarette use 'high among teens' Posted on Tuesday March 31, 2015

A substantial number of teenagers are experimenting with e-cigarettes, even those who have never smoked, a study suggests.

More veterans seek mental health aid Posted on Tuesday March 31, 2015

A mental health charity which treats military veterans says referrals have increased by 26% in the last year.

Parents rarely spot child obesity Posted on Monday March 30, 2015

Parents hardly ever spot obesity in their children resulting in damaging consequences for health, doctors warn.

Meningitis B vaccine deal agreed Posted on Sunday March 29, 2015

All babies in the UK will soon have a potentially life-saving vaccine against meningitis B after a deal with drug manufacturers, the health secretary says.

Cameron promises 'seven-day NHS' Posted on Saturday March 28, 2015

All hospitals in England will provide "a truly seven-day NHS" by 2020 under a future Conservative government, David Cameron says.

British medic declared free of Ebola Posted on Friday March 27, 2015

A UK military medic has been discharged from hospital in London after being declared free of Ebola. Cpl Anna Cross was the first person in the world to be given the experimental drug MIL 77.

Labour to cap private profits in NHS Posted on Friday March 27, 2015

A Labour government would cap the amount of profit private firms can make from the NHS, Ed Miliband says as he launches the party's election campaign.

Guinea declares Ebola 'emergency' Posted on Sunday March 29, 2015

Guinean President Alpha Conde has declared a 45-day "health emergency" in five regions in the west and southwest of the Ebola-hit nation.

'Rise in child mental health issues' Posted on Saturday March 28, 2015

More children have mental health problems than two years ago, according to a union's survey of education staff.

Office workers 'too sedentary' Posted on Friday March 27, 2015

Office workers need to get up and move around more, according to a new campaign.

Fitness linked to lower cancer risk Posted on Friday March 27, 2015

Very fit men in their late 40s are less likely to get lung cancer and colorectal cancer than unfit men, a study in JAMA Oncology suggests.

NHS medical accidents unit 'needed' Posted on Friday March 27, 2015

A national body to investigate medical accidents in England should be established immediately, MPs say.

First Europe non-beating heart swap Posted on Thursday March 26, 2015

Surgeons in Cambridgeshire perform the first heart transplant in Europe using a non-beating heart.

Medieval eye remedy 'kills MRSA' Posted on Monday March 30, 2015

A 1,000-year-old treatment for eye infections could hold the key to killing antibiotic-resistant superbugs, scientists say.

The hunters breaking an Ebola ban on bushmeat Posted on Monday March 23, 2015

Last year, Sierra Leone banned bushmeat in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola - but has it stopped the hunters? And will it really help? Mark Doyle joins some hunters in the Wara Wara mountains.

Daily News Roundup - 31 March 2015 Posted on Tuesday March 31, 2015

In the news today: Dr Jon Andrewes, CEO of St Margaret's Hospice, retires from his position, HOPE House Children's Hospices are winners at The Businesses for Children Awards, and legal experts from across Scotland call for clarity over right to die legislation

Daily News Roundup – 30 March 2015 Posted on Monday March 30, 2015

In the news today: McBusted drummer Harry Judd opens a new extension at Keech Hospice Care, founder of St Nicholas Hospice Care, Canon Richard Norburn, wins a lifetime achievement award, and Ashgate Hospice is launching a pop-up ‘Bed Café’ during National Bed Month.

Innovative work of hospices highlighted in review of health and care investment Posted on Monday March 30, 2015

A joint review into investment in voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in the health and care sector in England has published an interim report.

Launch of new resource to help hospices meet the dementia challenge Posted on Monday March 30, 2015

Last Friday saw the launch of important new guidance for hospices, describing how they can best meet local and national demands for care for people affected by a diagnosis of dementia.

Gold Standards Framework continues to transform care for patients nearing end of life Posted on Friday March 27, 2015

In this update on the National Gold Standards Framework Centre, we hear how the leading provider of training for generalist health and social care professionals working in end of life care is making a difference in hospitals and care homes across the UK.

Cotswold Care Hospice appoints new CEO Posted on Friday March 27, 2015

Minchinhampton-based Cotswold Care Hospice has appointed Andy Fletcher as its new chief executive.

Hospice vacancies roundup Posted on Friday March 27, 2015

Weekly roundup of hospice and palliative care job opportunities posted on ehospice.

MPs call for changes to lottery regulations to help maximise returns for charities Posted on Thursday March 26, 2015

In a report published this week, the Culture, Media and Sport Committee says that regulation of society lotteries should be changed to lift the burden on smaller lotteries and new lotteries starting up.

Together for Short Lives receives government funding to extend SEND project Posted on Thursday March 26, 2015

Together for Short Lives has received £185,041 from the Department for Education to continue its work to join up assessments, plans and services for children in England who need palliative care.

Daily News Roundup – 26 March 2015 Posted on Thursday March 26, 2015

In the news today: John Inverdale launches Princess Alice Hospice Man Shed campaign, St Nicholas Hospice Care urges supporters to carry on fundraising for the hospice, and a Conwy couple celebrate golden wedding anniversary with the help of St David’s Hospice.

New guide for people caring for someone who is dying Posted on Thursday March 26, 2015

A new guide, which aims to demystify the dying process so that people better understand the changes that can happen to their loved ones in the last days of life, has been published by the National Council for Palliative Care.

Developing hospice services for people living with dementia Posted on Thursday March 26, 2015

Emma Hodges from St Giles Hospice writes for ehospice about the hospice’s work to improve care and support for people with dementia – both within the hospice walls and out in the community.

Government and charity sector commit to boost payroll giving Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2015

The government has signed a memorandum of understanding with charity representatives and payroll giving agencies to raise payroll giving's performance and profile, and enable charities to make best use of the scheme.

New partnership to improve end of life care across Northumbria and North Tyneside Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2015

As part of an innovative new partnership, Marie Curie and Northumbria Healthcare NHS plan to improve palliative and end of life care and support for people living in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Deciding when life-sustaining treatment is no longer in a child’s best interest Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2015

Updated guidance for doctors on deciding when to consider limiting treatment for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions has been published by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).