UTI test often fails to detect infection, say researchers

Study suggests standard test, widely used since 1950s, does not work for chronic sufferers The “gold standard� test for urinary tract infections (UTIs) is not fit for purpose, according to research which suggests that it fails to diagnose most chronic sufferers. UTIs afflict an estimated 150-200 million people around the world every year. While many, particularly young women, suffer acute

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Act now to reduce health inequalities | Letters

Thirty senior public health experts from the north of England say cuts to public health grants should be reversed There are substantial and growing health inequalities within England. These show that premature death rates are 20% higher for people living in the north than in the south and that a baby girl born in Wokingham can expect nearly 17 more

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I don’t want to tell alcoholic patients to keep drinking, but I have to | Mariam Alexander

Although it goes against my instincts as a doctor, the lack of funding for drug and alcohol services means I have no choice Doctors want good outcomes for our patients, but the reality is that this can’t always be the case. If something bad happens after we’ve done everything we possibly can, it’s hard, but we accept that it’s part

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Smoking ‘no handicap for sportsmen’ – archive, 12 December 1963

12 December 1963: Consultant neurologist says smoking has little effect on the performance of athletes Related: The Joy of Six: smoking sports stars Dr LA Liversedge, consultant neurologist at Manchester Royal Infirmary, told Manchester Statistical Society last night that a moderate amount of smoking had little or no effect on the performance of athletes. He was speaking on the medical

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Samaritans anticipate hundreds of thousands of calls for help during festive period

Charity, which had 11,000 calls to helpline last Christmas Day, notes problems of loneliness and isolation for young and old The Samaritans expect to receive hundreds of thousands of calls over the festive period, with figures revealing that one in three people who contacted the charity on Christmas Day last year were seeking help with loneliness. The charity’s helpline, which

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