Abortion should not be a crime, says doctors’ body

Image copyright SGO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Abortions should be treated as a medical issue and not a crime, the UK’s leading pregnancy doctors say. Currently in England, Wales and Scotland it is illegal to have a termination without approval from two doctors and could mean a prison term. Abortions should be regulated in line with other […]

‘My baby is allergic to milk’

Tammy Morris says she felt like she was “on her own” when her baby Ila refused to breastfeed, and then had a severe allergic reaction to milk formula. It took several weeks for Ila to be diagnosed with cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA). Around 2% of babies have the allergy. Doctors say it can be […]

Epilepsy drug warnings ‘not reaching women’, survey shows

Image copyright Science Photo Library Almost 70% of women surveyed about a powerful epilepsy drug have not received new safety warnings about the dangers of taking it during pregnancy, the BBC has been told exclusively. Sodium valproate, known as Epilim, carries a 10% risk of physical abnormalities in unborn babies. About 20,000 children have been […]

New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

Image copyright SPL Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates. It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus – making it harder for HIV to resist its effects. The work is a collaboration between the US National Institutes of Health and the […]

Papworth Hospital granted royal title by Queen

Image copyright Eirian Evans/Geograph Image caption The pioneering techniques at Papworth Hospital have been recognised by the Queen One of Europe’s leading heart and lung hospitals – Papworth – has been granted a royal title by the Queen. The hospital near Cambridge, which carried out heart surgery on the Duke of Edinburgh in 2011, will […]

Epilepsy drug’s safety reviewed over pregnancy risk

Image caption About 20,000 babies have been left with disabilities in the UK since the 1970s Women whose children have been harmed by the epilepsy drug sodium valproate will give evidence to a European-wide safety review in London next week. The European Medicines Agency will examine whether warnings about risks to unborn babies are strong […]

Quit smoking campaign Stoptober backs e-cigs for first time

Image copyright Other Image caption The Stoptober campaign runs from 1 October The annual Stoptober campaign in England is embracing e-cigarettes for the first time – in a sign vaping is being seen as the key to getting people to quit. Health experts have tended to shy away from explicitly promoting e-cigarettes. But the government […]

Court ruling not needed to withdraw care, judge says

Image copyright Getty Images Legal permission will no longer be required to end care for patients in a permanent vegetative state, a judge has ruled. Until now, even if medics and relatives agree to withdraw nutrition from a patient, a judge must also consent. But a landmark decision by Mr Justice Jackson means those cases […]

Nine in 10 GPs rated good or outstanding

Image copyright Science Photo Library Nine in 10 GP surgeries in England have been rated as good and outstanding by inspectors. It means general practice is the highest performing sector in the NHS, according to the Care Quality Commission ratings, above hospitals, mental health and social care. But inspectors did flag up safety concerns at […]

Chronic fatigue therapy ‘could help teenagers’, study says

Image copyright Thinkstock A training programme tested on children with mild or moderate chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can reduce fatigue and increase attendance at school, a small study from the University of Bristol suggests. The Lightning Process, a type of brain therapy, was used alongside specialist medical care. But ME charities said they did not […]

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