Thousands ‘miss out on stroke treatment’

Thousands ‘miss out on stroke treatment’

Image copyright Spl Image caption In the UK, nearly 90,000 people each year are admitted to hospital following a stroke About 9,000 stroke patients a year are missing out on a treatment that can prevent disability following a stroke, say UK experts. Clot retrieval can restore blood flow to the brain, preventing some lasting damage, […]

Healthy women should take breast cancer pill, says NICE

Healthy women should take breast cancer pill, says NICE

Image copyright SPL Hundreds of thousands of healthy women should take pills to cut their risk of breast cancer, says NHS watchdog NICE. The draft guidelines for England say women predisposed to breast cancer because of a strong family history of the disease need this protection. There are now three drugs to choose from – […]

Obese patients and smokers face surgery delays in York

Obese patients and smokers face surgery delays in York

Image copyright PA Image caption The new policy has been approved by NHS England and will start in January Health bosses have approved plans to delay routine surgery for smokers and obese people. The restrictions, brought in by NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), mean overweight patients will have to lose 10% of […]

‘We’ve travelled 8,000 miles to see our anorexic daughter’

‘We’ve travelled 8,000 miles to see our anorexic daughter’

Image copyright Stephen Hollings Image caption Fiona Hollings is being treated in Glasgow, nearly 400 miles from her home in Buckinghamshire “It adds to the pain, the distance. It makes it far worse and it doesn’t need to be like that.” Over the past four months, Stephen Hollings and his wife Julia have travelled more […]

Scottish life expectancy ‘still lowest in UK’

Scottish life expectancy ‘still lowest in UK’

Image copyright Thinkstock Life expectancy for Scottish men and women has continued to improve – but they still die younger on average than people anywhere else in the UK. Statistics from the National Records of Scotland put life expectancy at 77.1 years for baby boys born in the past three years, and 81.1 years for […]

Pregnant women and new mums in mental health funding boost

Pregnant women and new mums in mental health funding boost

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption About 140,000 women every year in the UK suffer from mental health problems when pregnant or soon after birth Twenty areas across England are to receive funding to provide more support for pregnant women and new mothers with severe mental health problems. NHS England is spending £40m on doctors and […]

Ebola nurse banned for hiding Pauline Cafferkey’s high temperature

Ebola nurse banned for hiding Pauline Cafferkey’s high temperature

Image copyright Yui Mok/PA Wire Image caption Donna Wood arrived back in the UK on the same flight as Ebola survivor Pauline Cafferkey A senior nurse found to have concealed the true temperature of Ebola survivor Pauline Cafferkey has been suspended for two months. A disciplinary panel said Donna Wood’s dishonesty was “very serious, but […]

Low social status ‘can damage immune system’

Low social status ‘can damage immune system’

Image copyright Getty Images Simply being at the bottom of the social heap directly alters the body in ways that can damage health, a study at Duke University in the US suggests. Monkey experiments showed low status alters the immune system in a way that raises the risk of heart disease, diabetes and mental health […]

Basildon Hospital fraudsters must return £650,000

Basildon Hospital fraudsters must return £650,000

Image copyright PA Image caption The four people jailed for conspiracy to defraud worked only half their contracted hours at Basildon Hospital Four health experts jailed for defrauding the NHS have been ordered by a court to pay back more than £650,000. Martin Oliver, Ann Clements, John Mulholland, and Tom Cumberland were sentenced in September […]

Andrew Lansley warns of ‘difficult’ NHS years

Andrew Lansley warns of ‘difficult’ NHS years

Image copyright Science Photo Library A former health secretary says an “incredibly difficult” two years await the NHS and social care in England. Lord Lansley, health secretary from 2010-12, said he was “disappointed” that more funding was not announced in the Autumn Statement. Tory council leader Izzi Seccombe said funding was needed now and councils […]