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Mesh, Primidos and valproate failings highlighted by review

Image caption June Wray had chronic pain after a vaginal mesh repair Many lives have been ruined because officials failed to hear the concerns of women given drugs and procedures that caused them or their babies considerable harm, says a review. More than 700 women and their families shared “harrowing” …

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New government unit to take over Covid response

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Joint Biosecurity Centre is being asked to develop new ways to respond to coronavirus outbreaks The government’s new Joint Biosecurity Centre is to take a more prominent role in co-ordinating the response to Covid-19, the BBC understands. The JBC will be asked to …

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Coronavirus: Airborne transmission cannot be ruled out, WHO says

Image copyright AFP Image caption Scientists have accused the WHO of underestimating the possibility of airborne transmission The World Health Organization has acknowledged there is emerging evidence that the coronavirus can be spread by tiny particles suspended in the air. The airborne transmission could not be ruled out in crowded, …

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Robust plan for PPE ‘must be in place for winter’

Image copyright Getty Images Supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) must be guaranteed ahead of winter when the UK could face a second wave of coronavirus, say MPs. The cross-party committee says it is not convinced there is a robust plan or “sufficient urgency” from government. It comes after an …

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Cumberlege review: The patients who fought for answers

Image caption Daniel’s mother was given Primodos – hormone tablets – when pregnant Over six decades, three very different treatments have been the subject of thousands of complaints from women. Initially, medical professionals rejected reports of side effects linked to: oral pregnancy test Primodos anti-epilepsy drug sodium valproate pelvic mesh …

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Coronavirus: Majority testing positive have no symptoms

Image copyright Getty Images Only 22% of people testing positive for coronavirus reported having symptoms on the day of their test, according to the Office for National Statistics. This hammers home the role of people who aren’t aware they’re carrying the virus in spreading it onwards. Health and social care …

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