Parkinson’s disease ‘may start in gut’

Parkinson’s disease ‘may start in gut’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption One of the main symptoms of Parkinson’s is an uncontrolled tremor Scientists in California say they have transformed understanding of Parkinson’s disease. Their animal experiments, published in the journal Cell, suggest the brain disorder may be caused by bacteria living in the gut. The findings could eventually lead to new […]

Councils urged to redesign speed bumps to cut pollution

Councils urged to redesign speed bumps to cut pollution

Image caption The report says current speed bumps encourage cars to speed up and slow down which increases air pollution Local authorities should consider lower speed limits, clean air zones and even redesign speed bumps in a bid to reduce air pollution, health experts say. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said […]

Elton John charity to fund HIV testing

Elton John charity to fund HIV testing

Image copyright PA Image caption Elton John set up a charity to help people with HIV The Elton John Aids Foundation has offered to finance HIV testing in Lambeth, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned. The London borough is the UK local authority with the highest rate of HIV. Local councils and charities warn HIV […]

Junior doctors’ training under threat, says GMC

Junior doctors’ training under threat, says GMC

Image copyright Science Photo Library Junior doctors in the UK fear they are missing out on crucial training because of increasing workloads, a report by the General Medical Council suggests. In its survey of more than 50,000 junior doctors, 43% said their daytime workload was “heavy” or “very heavy”. The GMC says time allocated for […]

Wales organ donations ‘encouraging’ in year after consent law

Wales organ donations ‘encouraging’ in year after consent law

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Adults in Wales are regarded as having allowed organ donation unless they have opted out More organs are being donated and more lives saved a year after Wales became the only nation in the UK to introduce a new donation law, say ministers. Adults are regarded as having allowed organ […]

‘It is time to make’ three-person babies

‘It is time to make’ three-person babies

Image copyright Thinkstock It is time to start making babies from three people, according to scientists advising the UK’s fertility regulator. The move has been described as “historic”, and the regulator will make its decision next month. Doctors want to make babies from three people to prevent diseases that starve the body of energy, leading […]

Ambulances ‘not getting to life-or-death calls in time’

Ambulances ‘not getting to life-or-death calls in time’

Image copyright iStock Ambulance services are struggling to reach seriously ill and injured patients quickly enough after rising demand has left the system over-stretched, a BBC investigation has found. Patients with life-threatening conditions – like cardiac arrests – are meant to be reached in eight minutes. But only one of the UK’s 13 ambulance services […]

Tobacco firms lose plain packaging appeal

Tobacco firms lose plain packaging appeal

Image copyright Department of Health Image caption How the standardised packets look Three tobacco companies have lost their appeal against the government’s plain packaging rules for cigarettes packs. The case, brought by British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco International, comes after a challenge against the new rules was dismissed at the High Court […]

HIV vaccine: Clinical trial begins in South Africa

HIV vaccine: Clinical trial begins in South Africa

Image copyright AFP Image caption South Africa is battling to curb the spread of HIV/Aids A new vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes Aids, is being tested in South Africa in what scientists say is the first large study of an HIV vaccine’s effectiveness since 2009. The study aims to enrol 5,400 sexually active […]

New nursing apprentice role announced

New nursing apprentice role announced

Image copyright SPL Aspiring nurses can soon enrol on a new on-the-job apprenticeship role, the government says. From September 2017, up to 1,000 NHS staff will be able to take up the training without having to go down the conventional university route to get a nursing degree. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says it complements the […]