Nine lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk, study says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Continuing to learn throughout life can strengthen the brain One in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life, according to an international study in the Lancet. It lists nine key risk factors including lack of education, hearing loss, smoking […]

Zion Harvey: Double hand transplant boy plays baseball

Media captionZion says he wants to write to the parents of the child whose hands he now has A US boy who made history as the world’s first child to have a double hand transplant is now swinging a baseball bat well, his doctors say. It is two years since Zion Harvey, who is now […]

Quarter of babies born to foreign mothers in England and Wales

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The average age women become mothers is just over 30 in England and Wales More than a quarter of babies born in England and Wales in 2016 were to foreign mothers – the highest level on record, official figures show. This figure has increased every year since 1990 to […]

Pay row threatens overnight care for vulnerable

Image copyright SPL Vulnerable people with learning difficulties could lose overnight supervision, disability charity Mencap warns. The HMRC has ruled carers sleeping overnight to provide safety and reassurance should be be paid the national minimum wage for all hours. Mencap says the total bill for back pay – due by September, and in some cases […]

England ‘on track’ to stamp out smoking

Image copyright solidcolours/Getty The government has set out an ambitious plan to make England, in effect, smoke-free in the next few decades. The new Tobacco Control Plan aims to slash smoking rates from 15.5% to 12% of the population by 2022, paving the way to a smoke-free generation. If national smoking rates continue to fall, […]

Life expectancy rises ‘grinding to halt’ in England

Image copyright Yuri_Arcurs/Getty Rising rates of life expectancy are grinding to a halt in England after more than 100 years of continuous progress, says a leading health expert. University College London expert Sir Michael Marmot said he was “deeply concerned” by the situation, calling it “historically highly unusual”. He said it was “entirely possible” austerity […]

Rises in life expectancy ‘levelling off’

Image copyright Thinkstock Austerity may be starting to affect how long we live in England, according to a leading health expert. Life expectancy has been rising for decades, but the latest data shows the rate of increase has slowed. University College London expert Sir Michael Marmot said he was “deeply concerned” by the situation, saying […]

Charlie Gard: US doctor meets Great Ormond Street medics

Image copyright PA The US doctor who has offered to treat terminally ill Charlie Gard has attended a meeting at Great Ormond Street Hospital to decide whether he should travel to America for therapy. Dr Michio Hirano will discuss Charlie’s condition with doctors treating him and independent specialists. Great Ormond Street has given Dr Hirano […]

Surgeons remove 27 contact lenses from woman’s eye

Image copyright BMJ Image caption “A bluish foreign body” turned out to be a “hard mass” of 17 lenses stuck together with mucus Surgeons have removed 27 contact lenses from the eye of a 67-year-old woman who had come to Solihull Hospital for routine cataract surgery. “A bluish foreign body” turned out to be a […]

Shortfall in number of children’s doctors

Image copyright Science Photo Library A shortfall in the number of children’s junior doctors in the UK should act as a “wake-up call”, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says. Their study reveals children’s units are struggling to fill nearly one in five places on their rotas. “Large gaps in the workforce have […]

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