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Person monitored following possible Ebola exposure

A person in Cardiff is being monitored by Public Health Wales following possible exposure to the Ebola virus in West Africa.

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Ebola virus Credit: PA

The individual will be monitored for the duration of the incubation period of 21 days.

Public Health Wales can confirm that an individual resident in Wales is currently staying away from work and limiting contact with other people voluntarily following possible exposure to Ebola while visiting Western Africa. The individual does not have symptoms of Ebola and there are no cases of Ebola in Wales.

We are alert to the possibility of Ebola cases in the UK given the outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea and we remain vigilant to unexplained illness in people who have travelled from the area. Processes have been developed to protect public health in the event that we are notified of any individual who may have been exposed to Ebola.

– Public Health Wales spokesperson

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Cardiff clinic offers new service to remove freckles

Woman receiving the treatment.
A laser is used to help reduce the appearance of freckles. Credit: ITV Wales News

A clinic in Cardiff has been dividing opinion after it is offering a new service to remove freckles.

The procedure, which costs £500, involves using a laser which sends a pulsed beam of light to shatter dark skin particles, encouraging the freckles to disappear over time.

Staff at the clinic say they have been inundated with customers who are fed up of camouflaging their freckles with make-up.

Demand to change the way NHS staff make complaints

There is a demand this morning that immediate steps need to be taken to ensure NHS staff can raise concerns and complaints without fear of retaliation.

The call comes from the Assembly's Health and Social Care Committee which has been looking into the culture of complaint handling in hospitals.

Recent reports have demonstrated that the way complaints are handled requires a significant improvement. With an ageing population, a growth in more complex health problems, and an ever-changing landscape of conditions and treatments, mistakes will occur and lessons will need to be learnt.

We therefore recognise the fundamental importance of the recent work undertaken to review complaints handling in Wales and further afield, and welcome the steps that are being taken to help ensure that patients, relatives and staff feel able and well supported to speak out about the smallest or most serious concerns.

– David Rees AM, Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee

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Controversial changes to maternity care in west Wales begin

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The changes come into effect today Credit: PA

Controversial changes to complex baby care in West Wales begin today.

Health bosses at Hywel Dda local health board are moving consultant led maternity services from Withybush hospital in Pembrokeshire, to Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen.

The plans have sparked protests in the area and on the steps of the Senedd.

The new neonatal unit at Glangwili Hospital will be operational from today.

BHF: We have a breakthrough - now we need a cure

Sudden cardiac death - which came to prominence when foootballer Fabrice Muamba suffered a near-fatal heart attack during a game - kills over 600 people under the age of 34 every year.

Now scientists at Cardiff University have identified the faulty gene that causes the condition, giving hope that a cure could be within reach.

Today we spoke to Professor Jeremy Pearson from the British Heart Foundation, who says he is encouraged by the breakthrough.

Scientists solve sudden cardiac death mystery

Heart specialists at Cardiff University have, for the first time, discovered the cause of sudden cardiac death in young children.

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Scientists have found that incoherent communication between two proteins in heart cells was to blame for the previously unexplained cause of death.

"A healthy and regular heartbeat is maintained by precise control of the calcium level in heart muscle cells, but our experiments have identified a genetic flaw that invites chaos to this process."

– Professor Tony Lai, Cardiff University

In the future, Professor Lai anticipates that the finding will give doctors a new weapon in the fight against sudden cardiac death.

"Uncovering genetic links like this is vital to help combat the devastating effects of inherited heart conditions. The British Heart Foundation is urgently campaigning for more research to help find the undiscovered faulty genes putting people at greater risk of heart disease."

– Professor Jeremy Pearson, British Heart Foundation

1 in 3 people in Wales with asthma not getting checks

A third of people with asthma in Wales are missing out on essential annual reviews to check if they're on the right medication. Charity Asthma UK have looked at government figures and found many people in Wales are missing out on essential annual reviews. Megan Boot reports:

Asthma UK have provided a survey to help people understand the care they are entitled to - http://www.asthma.org.uk/compareyourcare

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