Health

Fact checks about medical conditions, the NHS, social care and government funding of national health services

26 October 2012

Is this the first year that more people worldwide have died from obesity than malnutrition?

Social media website Twitter this week threw up an interesting claim on the state of food inequality worldwide. However is it really true that 2012 represents the first point in …

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25 October 2012

Do 1.5 million children have a parent who's an addict?

In an article about the welfare bill of "problem families", the Daily Telegraph reported that 1.5 million children are growing up with a parent who's addicted to drugs or alcohol. …

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17 October 2012

Would a third runway at Heathrow treble the number of deaths from air pollution?

As the debate about a third runway at Heathrow continues to rumble on, The Daily Telegraph and the Independent both report that this plan would treble the number of deaths …

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16 October 2012

Next round's on the NHS! Is the state picking up the tab for middle-aged alcoholics?

Several newspapers have reported that baby-boomer alcohol abuse is costing the NHS ten times more than young people's binge-drinking. Is this true?

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11 October 2012

Are hospital patients more likely to die if admitted on weekends?

Three newspapers today reported three different figures for the increased risk associated with checking into a hospital on a weekend. Which was correct?

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9 October 2012

Do three quarters of GPs support a reduction in the abortion limit?

This week Conservative MP Nadine Dorries said that she would once again press for a reduction in the abortion limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks. She claims that 3/4 …

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8 October 2012

Is the UK's abortion rate unusual compared to other countries?

After several Cabinet members came out in support of lowering the time limit for abortion, the parliamentarian responsible for the 1967 Abortion Act says that the UK's abortion rate is …

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5 October 2012

Do we have the highest rate of teenage abortions in Europe?

On the day that the Government's Minister for Women said that she would support tighter restrictions on abortion, the Daily Telegraph reported that in England and Wales there are 22 …

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25 September 2012

How many doctors are sex offenders?

The Daily Mail reports that some doctors have been allowed to continue practising after being convicted of sex offences. And is human rights law shielding the offenders?

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20 September 2012

St John Ambulance: do the numbers add up?

After being invited to substantiate their claim that up to 140,000 people die each year who could have been saved by first aid, St John Ambulance refuse to share their …

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