Blood tests spot ovarian cancer early

Blood tests spot ovarian cancer early

Image caption Caroline Presho took part in the trial and believes the blood test would be an enormous benefit to women A blood test every four months could help women at high-risk of ovarian cancer find tumours early, say doctors. There is currently no screening programme for the disease, so high-risk women are advised to […]

Prosecutions ‘rare’ for abuse by home carers

Prosecutions ‘rare’ for abuse by home carers

Image caption Dora Melton’s abusers were sentenced for ill treatment and wilful neglect More than 23,000 allegations of abuse have been made against carers working in people’s homes across the UK. The data comes from a Freedom of Information request submitted by the BBC Radio 4 programme File on 4. The United Kingdom Homecare Association, […]

Sugary drinks levy will earn schools £415m

Sugary drinks levy will earn schools £415m

Image copyright PA Image caption The levy on sugary drinks will fund physical and mental health projects in school The levy on sugary drinks will provide £415m for sports and healthy eating in England’s schools, says Education Secretary Justine Greening. Every school will be allocated funds to help with facilities for mental health as well […]

World’s most threatening superbugs ranked in new list

World’s most threatening superbugs ranked in new list

Image copyright SPL The World Health Organization has drawn up a list of the drug-resistant bacteria that pose the biggest threat to human health. Top of the list are gram-negative bugs, such as E. coli, which can cause lethal bloodstream infections and pneumonia in frail hospital patients. The list will be discussed ahead of this […]

NHS misplaced half a million patient documents

NHS misplaced half a million patient documents

Image copyright SPL Thousands of NHS patients may have come to harm because of an administrative mix-up, says NHS England. Some 500,000 documents containing medical information, including cancer test results, were mistakenly put in storage rather than being sent to the GP or filed in the patients’ records. An investigation is under way, focusing on […]

Breast milk bank faces shortage of donations

Breast milk bank faces shortage of donations

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The milk bank relies on volunteers to use breast pumps to express milk and donate supplies The milk of human kindness is in short supply, with the only breast milk bank on the island of Ireland warning its stock is running exceptionally low. The storage facility, in Irvinestown, County Fermanagh, […]

Football ‘dementia disclaimers’ predicted

Football ‘dementia disclaimers’ predicted

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some experts believe repeatedly heading a football has concussive effects on the brain, which could lead to serious damage over time Footballers may have to sign disclaimers to prevent them suing over dementia and other brain injuries, a former head of the SFA has predicted. Gordon Smith also repeated […]

NHS ‘tobacco free’ campaign launched by Public Health England

NHS ‘tobacco free’ campaign launched by Public Health England

Image copyright PA A “truly tobacco-free NHS” needs to be created to help smoker patients quit their habit, health officials say. Only one in 10 hospitals enforces a smoking ban outside health service buildings, and Public Health England (PHE) wants all hospitals to offer help to quit as part of patients’ treatment. More than a […]

Caroline Wyatt: MS ‘brain fog’ lifted after stem cell treatment

Caroline Wyatt: MS ‘brain fog’ lifted after stem cell treatment

Image caption Wyatt flew to Mexico after being turned down for a trial on the NHS BBC journalist Caroline Wyatt has spoken of how the “brain fog began to lift” after she had pioneering treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS). The former BBC defence correspondent was deemed unsuitable for an NHS trial and paid $60,000 (£48,000) […]

Maps reveal schizophrenia ‘hotspots’ in England

Maps reveal schizophrenia ‘hotspots’ in England

Maps have revealed “hotspots” of schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses in England, based on the amount of medication prescribed by GPs. The analysis by the University of East London showed North Kesteven, in Lincolnshire, had the highest rates. The lowest rate of schizophrenia prescriptions was in East Dorset. However, explaining the pattern across England is […]

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