Drug cost-saving plans may hit patients

Drug cost-saving plans may hit patients

Image copyright Thinkstock Patients in England may face delays getting new drugs or go without them if NHS bosses proceed with plans to try to cut the cost of expensive treatments. The proposals will mean only those drugs that cost less than £20m a year will be paid for – about a fifth of new […]

Nairn cataract patient’s 12-month waiting time criticised at FMQs

Nairn cataract patient’s 12-month waiting time criticised at FMQs

Image copyright Supplied Image caption First Minister’s Questions heard that Elaine Hanby was referred to Raigmore in Inverness for surgery A woman faces a minimum wait of 12 months for a consultation about surgery for a cataract, MSPs have heard. Elaine Hanby’s case was raised at First Minister’s Questions in Holyrood by Scottish Labour leader […]

Robotic sleeve ‘hugs’ failing hearts

Robotic sleeve ‘hugs’ failing hearts

Image copyright Ellen Roche Scientists have developed a robotic sleeve that can help hearts pump when they are failing. The sleeve – made of material that mimics heart muscle – hugs the outside of the heart and squeezes it, mimicking the action of cardiac muscle. The early study, published in Science Translational Medicine, shows the […]

Sedentary lifestyle in older women ‘ages body cells’

Sedentary lifestyle in older women ‘ages body cells’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption It is important to keep active during old age to protect genetic material Women who lead a sedentary lifestyle have faster-ageing cells than those who exercise every day, research suggests. Research on 1,500 women aged 64 to 95 found those who spent many hours sitting and exercised for […]

Vaccines for three deadly viruses fast-tracked

Vaccines for three deadly viruses fast-tracked

Image copyright AMI IMAGES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Scientists have named three relatively little-known diseases they think could cause the next global health emergency. A coalition of governments and charities has committed $460m to speed up vaccine development for Mers, Lassa fever and Nipah virus. They are asking funders at the World Economic Forum Davos for another […]

Addenbrooke’s out of special measures due to staff ‘dedication’

Addenbrooke’s out of special measures due to staff ‘dedication’

Image copyright NASA Image caption Staff at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Maternity Hospital have been praised for their work in improving the trust’s rating One of the UK’s largest NHS trusts has been taken out of special measures thanks to the “dedication and skill” of staff, a report has said. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) […]

Eating disorders can strike in mid-life

Eating disorders can strike in mid-life

Image copyright Julie Spinks Eating disorders, including anorexia and bulimia, affect a small but substantial number of women in their 40s and 50s, UK research suggests. The study, involving more than 5,000 women, found just over 3% reported having an eating disorder. Some said they had experienced it since their teens, others developed it for […]

Referral centres cause ‘dangerous’ NHS delays, BMA warns

Referral centres cause ‘dangerous’ NHS delays, BMA warns

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The British Medical Association said referral management centres were “crude” and putting patients at risk NHS patients face “dangerous” treatment delays due to a 10-fold increase in “crude, expensive” referral management centres, doctors have warned. The centres, sometimes run by private firms, vet GP referrals and decide if […]

Artificial intelligence predicts when heart will fail

Artificial intelligence predicts when heart will fail

Image copyright MRC LMS Image caption The software creates a virtual heart to predict the risk of death Artificial intelligence can predict when patients with a heart disorder will die, according to scientists. The software learned to analyse blood tests and scans of beating hearts to spot signs that the organ was about to fail. […]

Frances Cappuccini Caesarean death caused by hospital failures

Frances Cappuccini Caesarean death caused by hospital failures

Image copyright PA Image caption Frances Cappuccini died at Tunbridge Wells Hospital in October 2012 “Failures, inadequate diagnosis and treatment” resulted in a woman’s death after childbirth, a coroner has ruled. Frances Cappuccini, 30, suffered a fatal haemorrhage at Tunbridge Wells Hospital where she had her second son Giacomo by emergency Caesarean in 2012. Coroner […]

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