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John Worboys: 'No plans' to review rape cases

Almost 100 unprosecuted cases against sex attacker John Worboys will not be reviewed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), it has emerged. Lawyers representing Worboys’ victims asked the CPS to review the 93 cases that the 60-year-old rapist was not prosecuted over. One of his victims said it would be a “total scandal” if the additional cases were not reviewed. The CPS said it had no plans to review its decision-making. Worboys, who was jailed in 2009, gave his victims drug-laced champagne before attacking them in the back of his…

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Flu cases: Levels 'very high in hospitals'

Hospitals in England are now seeing very high rates of patients with flu, according to Public Health England figures. The rate of admissions rose by over 50% in the past week to 7.38 per 100,000. GPs also saw a sharp rise in cases – up 78% on the week before – while deaths from flu remained static with 27 in the past week. But PHE said the current levels of flu were “not unprecedented”. Prof Paul Cosford, medical director from Public Health England, said: “The levels of flu being seen…

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Flu cases climb, but worst is likely yet to come

Influenza is on the rise across the country, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. But experts anticipate that the worst of the season is not yet upon us. Officials at the CDC said physician encounters for flu-like symptoms – which are closely correlated to actual flu diagnoses – have risen sharply from last week. The fevers, coughs and sore throats for which the infection is known are now especially high in 10 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas….

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Shingles vaccine 'has cut cases by a third' in England

Cases of shingles have reduced by 35% in England since a vaccine was offered to 70-year-olds, Public Health England says. But it is urging more people in their 70s to get their free injection against the painful condition. They are most at risk of shingles and more likely to develop complications, such as severe nerve pain. Shingles is caused by the reactivation of the chicken pox virus and results in a nasty skin rash and fever. The vaccine programme started in England in 2013 and 5.5m people were eligible for…

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Sex cases put spotlight on sex addiction, but is it real?

Is sex addiction a true addiction, a crime, or a made-up condition used by misbehaving VIPs to deflect blame or repair tarnished images? A tide of high-profile sexual misconduct accusations against celebrities, politicians and media members has raised these questions — and sowed confusion. Sex addiction is not an officially recognized psychiatric diagnosis, though even those who doubt it’s a true addiction acknowledge that compulsive sexual behavior can upend lives. Either way, there is an important distinction, sometimes blurred, between a mental condition and a crime. Some men who have…

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Portsmouth hospital missed lung cancer cases

A hospital failed to spot cases of lung cancer because it did not check patients’ chest X-rays properly, the Care Quality Commission has found. The health watchdog found that three patients at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth suffered “significant harm”. It emerged that junior doctors complained they had been asked to carry out specialist radiology work without the appropriate training. The CQC has now launched a national review into NHS radiology services. All NHS bodies have been instructed to provide details about their backlogs, turnaround times, staffing and arrangements for…

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Scarlet fever cases hit 50-year high in England

Scarlet fever hit its highest level in England for 50 years, with more than 17,000 cases reported in 2016 – research in the Lancet shows. The disease has been on the rise since 2014, but experts have so far failed to find a reason for the recent increase. Doctors are urging the public to be aware of symptoms, which include a rosy rash, and seek help from their GP. Data for 2017 suggests the rate may be falling, but experts remain cautious, saying it is “too early to tell”. The…

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