Patients face autism referral and assessment ‘lottery’

Patients face autism referral and assessment ‘lottery’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Children and adults may be missing out on educational support if there are delays Children and adults in England can face a wait of more than two years for an autism assessment, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. National guidelines state that the process of diagnosis should start […]

HPV jab should be given to boys, committee says

HPV jab should be given to boys, committee says

Image copyright Getty Images A jab that protects against a virus that causes cervical cancer should also be given to boys, an advisory committee has recommended. The HPV vaccine is routinely offered to girls aged 12 to 13 at secondary school and is free up until they turn 18. Now the Joint Committee on Vaccination […]

Fish oil supplements for a healthy heart ‘nonsense’

Fish oil supplements for a healthy heart ‘nonsense’

Image copyright Getty Images Taking omega-3 fish oil supplements is often touted as a simple way to protect your heart – but experts say the evidence that it does any good is flimsy at best. Cochrane researchers looked at trials in over 100,000 people and found little proof that it prevented heart disease. They say […]

Sensible, family-loving teens behind pregnancy rate drop

Sensible, family-loving teens behind pregnancy rate drop

Image copyright Getty Images Teenagers are becoming less likely to have sex, preferring to spend time with their families and having romantic relationships online, a study suggests. A survey of 1,000 16- to 18-year-olds also found they were drinking much less. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service said this may explain the sharp fall in teen […]

Too many babies overfed, experts fear

Too many babies overfed, experts fear

Image copyright Getty Images It’s time to tackle over-eating from birth to make sure children get the best start in life, according to Public Health England. It comes as government advisers publish new guidance – the first in more than 20 years – on feeding babies. That report suggests three-quarters of UK babies and toddlers […]

Is heading a football bad for your health?

Is heading a football bad for your health?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption England tackled Sweden in their World Cup quarter-final Headed goals by Harry Kane and Harry Maguire were among those which propelled England to their best World Cup performance since 1990. But can repetitive heading cause damage to the brain and lead to long-term health problems? A new study of […]

Editing human embryos ‘morally permissible’

Editing human embryos ‘morally permissible’

Image copyright Getty Images Should we or shouldn’t we be allowed to modify human DNA in future children? An inquiry into the ethical issues surrounding genetically altering a human embryo has found there is “no absolute reason not to pursue it”. But appropriate measures must be put in place before it becomes UK law, said […]

Parents warned over ‘toxic’ slime

Parents warned over ‘toxic’ slime

Image copyright Getty Images Parents are being warned about potentially toxic levels of chemicals in slime toys popular with children. The consumer group Which? tested 11 of the most popular products on the market and found eight of them had above the recommended levels of boron. The chemical is found in borax, a common ingredient […]

Kent and Medway NHS hernia policy ‘may be rationing’ surgery

Kent and Medway NHS hernia policy ‘may be rationing’ surgery

Image caption Surgeons say the only curative treatment for groin hernia is surgery Groin hernia patients are having to “prove their pain” and show they have complications to get surgery, the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has said. In Kent and Medway, patients are having to show their hernia has grown larger or become “incarcerated” […]

Hot summer leading to ‘toxic’ algae

Hot summer leading to ‘toxic’ algae

Image copyright Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Image caption A freshwater ecologist says blue-green algae had been a particular problem this summer Potentially toxic algae is blooming in rivers and lochs during Scotland’s long, hot summer, scientists have warned. Blue-green algae, which poses a health risk to humans and animals, has flourished during the warm […]

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