Paralysed man feeds himself with help of implants

Media captionBill Kochevar can eat and drink again thanks to the technology which reconnects his brain with his muscles A paralysed man has been able to feed himself by using his thoughts to send messages from implants in his brain to ones in his arm. Bill Kochevar, who was paralysed in a cycling accident, said […]

France anaesthetist investigated for poisoning patients

France anaesthetist investigated for poisoning patients

Image copyright AFP Image caption The alleged poisonings are said to have happened at this, the Franche-Comté clinic, and one other in Besançon, eastern France An anaesthetist suspected of poisoning seven patients – two of whom died – appeared in court in France on Wednesday. The 45-year-old was placed under formal investigation on 6 March, […]

Menstrual cycle recreated ‘in a dish’

Menstrual cycle recreated ‘in a dish’

Image copyright Woodruff Lab US scientists say they have made a mini working replica of the female reproductive tract using human and mouse tissue. Although the palm-sized device looks nothing like a womb, fallopian tubes and ovaries, the researchers say it should help with understanding diseases of these organs and tissues. It also provides a […]

NHS targets suncream prescriptions for cuts

NHS targets suncream prescriptions for cuts

Image copyright Getty Images Suncream, cold remedies and gluten-free food may no longer be available on the NHS in England under a crackdown on “low value” medicines. NHS England announced a review after local health bosses identified £400m of spending they believe has little or no clinical value. It also includes some types of pain […]

How Tetris therapy could help patients

How Tetris therapy could help patients

Image copyright Getty Images Tetris is a relatively basic yet compelling video game. The aim is to line up falling blocks so they fit together in horizontal rows. When a perfect line with no gaps is made, it will vanish, making room for more play and point-scoring. Scientists say it’s Tetris’s immersive simplicity that makes […]

Measles outbreak across Europe

Measles outbreak across Europe

Image copyright SPL Measles is spreading across Europe wherever immunisation coverage has dropped, the World Health Organization is warning. The largest outbreaks are being seen in Italy and Romania. In the first month of this year, Italy reported more than 200 cases. Romania has reported more than 3,400 cases and 17 deaths since January 2016. […]

Bowel cancer tool to boost diagnosis in under-50s

Bowel cancer tool to boost diagnosis in under-50s

Image copyright Deborah James GPs have been given access to a new risk assessment tool to help diagnose young people at risk of bowel cancer. Experts say people under 50 do not act on bowel cancer symptoms quickly enough and 20% have to visit a GP five times before being referred to a specialist. The […]

Mesh implant campaigners ‘betrayed’ by report publication

Mesh implant campaigners ‘betrayed’ by report publication

Image caption Patient representatives Olive McIlroy and Elaine Holmes resigned from the review group earlier this month Two campaigners against mesh implants say they are “dismayed and disgusted” at the publication of an independent report into their risks and use which they claim has been “watered down”. Olive McIlroy and Elaine Holmes, who resigned from […]

NHS bosses ‘spent half of extra Autumn Statement cash on outside services’

NHS bosses ‘spent half of extra Autumn Statement cash on outside services’

Image copyright PA About half of a £2bn cash boost from the 2014 Autumn Statement for frontline health services in England was spent outside the NHS, research has found. The Health Foundation analysis for the Financial Times showed £901m was spent on buying services from private and non-NHS providers in 2015/16. It said £800m was […]

Childhood obesity: Cut unhealthy food multi-buy offers – MPs

Childhood obesity: Cut unhealthy food multi-buy offers – MPs

Image copyright RapidEye The government must do more to reduce the number of cut-price and multi-buy offers on unhealthy food to help curb childhood obesity, a group of MPs say. The report, by the Health Select Committee, also calls for rules on junk food advertisements to be made tougher. It argues the government’s official obesity […]

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