Nairn cataract patient’s 12-month waiting time criticised at FMQs

Nairn cataract patient’s 12-month waiting time criticised at FMQs

Image copyright Supplied Image caption First Minister’s Questions heard that Elaine Hanby was referred to Raigmore in Inverness for surgery A woman faces a minimum wait of 12 months for a consultation about surgery for a cataract, MSPs have heard. Elaine Hanby’s case was raised at First Minister’s Questions in Holyrood by Scottish Labour leader […]

Robotic sleeve ‘hugs’ failing hearts

Robotic sleeve ‘hugs’ failing hearts

Image copyright Ellen Roche Scientists have developed a robotic sleeve that can help hearts pump when they are failing. The sleeve – made of material that mimics heart muscle – hugs the outside of the heart and squeezes it, mimicking the action of cardiac muscle. The early study, published in Science Translational Medicine, shows the […]

Robotic sleeve ‘hugs’ failing hearts

Robotic sleeve ‘hugs’ failing hearts

Image copyright Ellen Roche US scientists have developed a robotic sleeve that can help hearts pump when they are failing. The sleeve – made of material that mimics heart muscle – hugs the outside of the heart and squeezes it, mimicking the action of cardiac muscle. The early study, published in Science Translational Medicine, shows […]

Sedentary lifestyle in older women ‘ages body cells’

Sedentary lifestyle in older women ‘ages body cells’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption It is important to keep active during old age to protect genetic material Women who lead a sedentary lifestyle have faster-ageing cells than those who exercise every day, research suggests. Research on 1,500 women aged 64 to 95 found those who spent many hours sitting and exercised for […]

Vaccines for three deadly viruses fast-tracked

Vaccines for three deadly viruses fast-tracked

Image copyright AMI IMAGES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Scientists have named three relatively little-known diseases they think could cause the next global health emergency. A coalition of governments and charities has committed $460m to speed up vaccine development for Mers, Lassa fever and Nipah virus. They are asking funders at the World Economic Forum Davos for another […]

Addenbrooke’s out of special measures due to staff ‘dedication’

Addenbrooke’s out of special measures due to staff ‘dedication’

Image copyright NASA Image caption Staff at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Maternity Hospital have been praised for their work in improving the trust’s rating One of the UK’s largest NHS trusts has been taken out of special measures thanks to the “dedication and skill” of staff, a report has said. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) […]

Addenbrooke’s out of special measures thanks to staff ‘dedication’

Addenbrooke’s out of special measures thanks to staff ‘dedication’

Image copyright NASA Image caption Staff at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Maternity Hospital have been praised for their work in improving the trust’s rating The “dedication and skill” of hospital staff has helped one of the UK’s largest NHS Trusts emerge from special measures, a report has revealed. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has enhanced […]

Three-person IVF baby for infertile couple

Three-person IVF baby for infertile couple

Image copyright SPL A baby has been born to a previously infertile couple in Ukraine using a new type of “three-person IVF”. The Times reports that doctors in Kiev used a method called pronuclear transfer in what is a world first. It is not the first baby born with DNA from three parents, however. The […]

Referral centres cause ‘dangerous’ NHS delays, BMA warns

Referral centres cause ‘dangerous’ NHS delays, BMA warns

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The British Medical Association said referral management centres were “crude” and putting patients at risk NHS patients face “dangerous” treatment delays due to a 10-fold increase in “crude, expensive” referral management centres, doctors have warned. The centres, sometimes run by private firms, vet GP referrals and decide if […]

Eating disorders can strike in mid-life

Eating disorders can strike in mid-life

Image copyright Julie Spinks Eating disorders, including anorexia and bulimia, affect a small but substantial number of women in their 40s and 50s, UK research suggests. The study, involving more than 5,000 women, found just over 3% reported having an eating disorder. Some said they had experienced it since their teens, others developed it for […]