Will change to organ donor rules mean more transplants?

Will change to organ donor rules mean more transplants?

Image copyright Getty Images In an attempt to make more organs available for transplant, ministers are proposing a radical change by moving to a system of “presumed consent”. Current rules in England mean those willing to donate their organs, should they die, sign up to a donor register. A consultation on the new system, which […]

Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease

Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease

Image copyright James Gallagher Image caption Peter has Huntington’s disease and his siblings Sandy and Frank also have the gene The defect that causes the neurodegenerative disease Huntington’s has been corrected in patients for the first time, the BBC has learned. An experimental drug, injected into spinal fluid, safely lowered levels of toxic proteins in […]

Paying mothers incentivises breastfeeding, study finds

Paying mothers incentivises breastfeeding, study finds

Image caption Fiona Sutcliffe, 29, from Sheffield took part in the scheme with her baby girl Offering shopping vouchers to new mothers can encourage them to breastfeed their babies, a study published in JAMA Pediatrics has found. About 10,000 new mothers in Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire were offered up to £200 in vouchers as an […]

Londoners given GP access over weekends and evenings

Londoners given GP access over weekends and evenings

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The £26m NHS England initiative means patients can even be seen on bank holidays Londoners can now book GP appointments for evenings, weekends and bank holidays. An extra 75,000 routine appointments a month will be available in the capital as part of a scheme by NHS England. The £26m […]

Mesh risks not passed on to doctors

Mesh risks not passed on to doctors

Image caption The mesh implants are used to ease incontinence and to support organs One of the world’s biggest medical companies failed to tell doctors and patients of the full extent of some of the risks posed by mesh implants. A BBC Panorama investigation has seen documents that show one of Ethicon’s own in-house doctors […]

Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit

Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Putin announced the move at the Russian Hmeimim airbase in Syria Russia has begun withdrawing some of its troops from Syria, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday. President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial withdrawal during an unannounced visit to Syria on Monday. Russian support has been crucial […]

Skin betting: 500,000 children gamble every week, Gambling Commission warns

Skin betting: 500,000 children gamble every week, Gambling Commission warns

Image caption University student Ryan Archer’s love of gaming spiralled into gambling when he was 15 About half a million children and young people gamble every week, a Gambling Commission report is expected to show. The regulator has warned that children as young as 11 are using so-called skin betting websites, which let players gamble […]

Theresa May says Brexit deal ‘good news’ for all voters

Theresa May says Brexit deal ‘good news’ for all voters

Media captionTheresa May: “What we are looking for is a deal that is right for the United Kingdom” An agreement to move on to the next phase of Brexit talks is “good news” for both Leave and Remain voters, Theresa May has told MPs. She told Parliament it should reassure those who feared the UK […]

It’s time to ’embrace an android’ says Labour’s deputy leader

It’s time to ’embrace an android’ says Labour’s deputy leader

Worried that a robot will one day take your job? Don’t fear says a senior politician who is urging people to “embrace an android”. If machines can take over routine tasks, deputy Labour leader Tom Watson believes, it will liberate people to focus on areas generating more wealth. If properly regulated, he says the growth […]

Tories and Labour reject second EU referendum petitions

Tories and Labour reject second EU referendum petitions

Image copyright Getty Images Both the Conservatives and Labour have rejected petitions calling for a second EU referendum to be held. MPs held a debate at Westminster in response to four petitions on Parliament’s e-petitions website. The largest one has attracted more than 130,000 signatures since September. Brexit minister Robin Walker said there would be […]

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