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Dr Julian Pratt obituary

15/02/2019 Eleanor Jubb 0

As a young doctor in rural South Africa (1975-76), my father, Julian Pratt, questioned the underlying cause of the diseases he was treating and identified how the grossly unequal distribution of land for agriculture was having a devastating effect. As …

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Measles: WHO says cases have jumped 50%

15/02/2019 Reuters 0

Falsehoods spread by ‘anti-vax’ movement in part to blame for backsliding in progress against potentially deadly illness, experts sayAnti-vaccine scepticism, conflict and poor access fuelled a 50% increase in measles cases last year, according to the W…

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The importance of midwifery units | Letter

14/02/2019 Letters 0

Women’s choice is not the primary factor in declining numbers of midwife-run centres, write 16 experts in midwiferyDespite robust evidence that freestanding midwifery units (birth centres) provide high-quality care, the number of women able to use them…

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BBC criticised for failure to provide abortion advice

14/02/2019 Amy Walker 0

Healthcare organisations say not including abortion on Action Line site is stigmatisingHealthcare organisations have called on the BBC to reverse its “stigmatising” decision to not provide information about abortion.After an episode of Call the Midwife…

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Sheila Lough obituary

13/02/2019 Barbara Fox 0

My friend Sheila Lough, who has died aged 73, was a school nurse and a key member of the community in Whalton, Northumberland – a friend and mentor to many.She was born Sheila McGuire in Bristol, the middle of three daughters of Don McGuire and his wif…