Hip pain may be ‘hangover from evolution’

Hip pain may be ‘hangover from evolution’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Bones from the skeleton of the 3.2m-year-old hominid Lucy Scientists at the University of Oxford say a hangover from evolution could help explain why humans get so much shoulder, hip and knee pain. And if current trends continue they predict the humans of the future could be at […]

Doctors confirm 200-year-old diagnosis

Doctors confirm 200-year-old diagnosis

Image copyright Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons Doctors have confirmed a diagnosis made more than 200 years ago by one of medicine’s most influential surgeons. John Hunter had diagnosed a patient in 1786 with a “tumour as hard as bone”. Royal Marsden Hospital doctors analysed patient samples and case notes, which were […]

Christmas culinary challenge for NHS

Christmas culinary challenge for NHS

Image copyright Thinkstock The NHS will serve more than 400,000 lunches on Christmas Day in the UK. The traditional turkey meals are for patients, but tens of thousands of staff working on the big day will tuck in to their dinner in a hospital canteen. Across the UK, 12,000 midwives will have to time theirs […]

Successful Ebola vaccine will be fast-tracked for use

Successful Ebola vaccine will be fast-tracked for use

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Guinea was one of the worst hit countries in the West Africa Ebola outbreak A highly effective vaccine that guards against the deadly Ebola virus could be available by 2018, says the World Health Organization. Trials conducted in Guinea, one of the West African countries most affected by an […]

Multiple sclerosis drug ‘a landmark’

Multiple sclerosis drug ‘a landmark’

Image copyright SPL A drug that alters the immune system has been described as “big news” and a “landmark” in treating multiple sclerosis, doctors and charities say. Trials, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggest the drug can slow damage to the brain in two forms of MS. Ocrelizumab is the first drug […]

NHS claims lawyers ‘unacceptable’

NHS claims lawyers ‘unacceptable’

Image copyright PA Image caption NHS England told You and Yours that lawyers should be kept out of hospital “wherever possible” The government has called for an end to lawyers providing personal injury advice on NHS hospital wards, following a BBC investigation. Industry insiders said legal advice sessions – considered by some patients to be […]

Multiple sclerosis drug ‘a landmark’

Multiple sclerosis drug ‘a landmark’

Image copyright SPL A drug that alters the immune system has been described as “big news” and a “landmark” in treating multiple sclerosis, doctors and charities say. Trials, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggest the drug can slow damage to the brain in two forms of MS. Ocrelizumab is the first drug […]

Multiple sclerosis drug ‘a landmark’

Multiple sclerosis drug ‘a landmark’

Image copyright SPL A drug that alters the immune system has been described is “big news” and a “landmark” in treating multiple sclerosis, doctors and charities say. Trials, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggest the drug can slow damage to the brain in two forms of MS. Ocrelizumab is the first drug […]

Ten people to get NHS bionic eyes

Media caption“Amazing difference that little bit of light can make” The NHS will pay for 10 blind patients to have “bionic eyes” to help treat an inherited form of blindness. The bionic eye is a retinal implant which interprets images captured by a miniature video camera worn on a pair of glasses. Five patients will […]

Facebook lurking makes you miserable, says study

Facebook lurking makes you miserable, says study

Image copyright iStock Image caption Spending too long on social media can mean a “deterioration of mood” Too much Facebook browsing at Christmas – and seeing all those “perfect” families and holiday photos – is more likely to make you miserable than festive, research suggests. A University of Copenhagen study suggests excessive use of social […]