Lung probe ‘to help cut the unnecessary use of antibiotics’

Lung probe ‘to help cut the unnecessary use of antibiotics’

Image copyright University of Edinburgh Image caption Researchers hope Proteus could help prevent bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics A lung probe that diagnoses bacterial infections could prevent unnecessary use of antibiotics in intensive care units, researchers believe. The fibre-optic tube can show within 60 seconds whether a patient needs to be treated with the drugs. […]

Surgeon: ‘How many more children like Kayden must die?’

Surgeon: ‘How many more children like Kayden must die?’

Media captionKayden’s grandmother: “I wanted to strangle somebody” Senior surgeons say they tried to warn managers of dangerous delays to emergency surgery ahead of a child’s death at a top children’s hospital. Kayden Bancroft was 20 months old when he died at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH), following repeated delays to urgent surgery. Whistleblowers allege […]

Medic suspended for ‘dishonesty’ over Ebola temperature

Medic suspended for ‘dishonesty’ over Ebola temperature

Image copyright Megan Bramall A doctor who misled other medics about Pauline Cafferkey – a nurse who developed the Ebola virus – has been suspended from practising for a month. Dr Hannah Ryan took Ms Cafferkey’s temperature at Heathrow Airport on returning from West Africa where they had volunteered to help. But despite a high […]

Lung probe ‘to help cut the unnecessary use of antibiotics’

Lung probe ‘to help cut the unnecessary use of antibiotics’

Image copyright University of Edinburgh Image caption Researchers hope Proteus could help prevent bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics A lung probe that diagnoses bacterial infections could prevent unnecessary use of antibiotics in intensive care units, researchers believe. The fibre-optic tube can show within 60 seconds whether a patient needs to be treated with the drugs. […]

Cut sugar in cakes, chocolate by 20%, industry told

Cut sugar in cakes, chocolate by 20%, industry told

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Manufacturers are being challenged to cut sugar by 20% in their products by 2020 Sugar limits for everyday foods such as biscuits, chocolate bars and cereals have been published by public health officials in a bid to make UK children more healthy. Public Health England is challenging businesses to […]

Right-to-die case: Shrewsbury’s Noel Conway loses court bid

Right-to-die case: Shrewsbury’s Noel Conway loses court bid

Image caption Noel Conway, 67, is a retired college lecturer A man with terminal motor neurone disease has lost a High Court bid to challenge the law on assisted dying. Noel Conway, 67, who was diagnosed in November 2014 and is not expected to live beyond 12 months, said he should be free to determine […]

Paralysed man feeds himself with help of implants

Media captionBill Kochevar can eat and drink again thanks to the technology which reconnects his brain with his muscles A paralysed man has been able to feed himself by using his thoughts to send messages from implants in his brain to ones in his arm. Bill Kochevar, who was paralysed in a cycling accident, said […]

Menstrual cycle recreated ‘in a dish’

Menstrual cycle recreated ‘in a dish’

Image copyright Woodruff Lab US scientists say they have made a mini working replica of the female reproductive tract using human and mouse tissue. Although the palm-sized device looks nothing like a womb, fallopian tubes and ovaries, the researchers say it should help with understanding diseases of these organs and tissues. It also provides a […]

NHS targets suncream prescriptions for cuts

NHS targets suncream prescriptions for cuts

Image copyright Getty Images Suncream, cold remedies and gluten-free food may no longer be available on the NHS in England under a crackdown on “low value” medicines. NHS England announced a review after local health bosses identified £400m of spending they believe has little or no clinical value. It also includes some types of pain […]

How Tetris therapy could help patients

How Tetris therapy could help patients

Image copyright Getty Images Tetris is a relatively basic yet compelling video game. The aim is to line up falling blocks so they fit together in horizontal rows. When a perfect line with no gaps is made, it will vanish, making room for more play and point-scoring. Scientists say it’s Tetris’s immersive simplicity that makes […]