Son’s flu was ‘awful’, says mother as vaccination drive starts

Son’s flu was ‘awful’, says mother as vaccination drive starts

Image copyright Other Image caption It took Noah three weeks to recover from a bout of flu A mother of a three-year-old boy has described the terrible moments when he got flu last winter. Claire Sumner, 41, from Leeds, said her son Noah suddenly went downhill one night and started thrashing around in bed as […]

Three-person baby ‘race’ dangerous

Three-person baby ‘race’ dangerous

Image copyright Thinkstock The race to make babies from three people is a major worry, duping couples and a dangerous experiment on mums and babies, warn scientists and ethicists. The UK, which pioneered the advanced form of IVF, was the first country to introduce laws to allow the creation of babies from three people. Yet […]

List of dementia environmental risk factors drawn up

List of dementia environmental risk factors drawn up

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Air pollution is included in the shortlist of environmental risk factors that may contribute to dementia A shortlist of environmental factors that may contribute to the risk of developing dementia has been drawn up by experts. The list includes exposure to air pollution and a lack of vitamin D, […]

Receptionists ‘put people off seeing doctor’

Receptionists ‘put people off seeing doctor’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many patients said they were worried about making a fuss when ringing their GP surgery Receptionists quizzing patients about why they need to see their GP could be putting some sick people off visiting their surgery, a survey suggests. Of almost 2,000 adults questioned for Cancer Research UK, four […]

Type 2 diabetes: Data reveals hotspots for cases

Type 2 diabetes: Data reveals hotspots for cases

Image copyright Science Photo Library Prescriptions for type 2 diabetes have risen by a third in England in the last five years from 26 million to 35 million a year, according to NHS data. The analysis of the data also shows there are hotspots for the disease in London and Lincolnshire, with the London borough […]

Immunotherapy cancer drug hailed as ‘game changer’

Immunotherapy cancer drug hailed as ‘game changer’

Image copyright Science Photo Library An immunotherapy drug has been described as a potential “game-changer” in promising results presented at the European Cancer Congress. In a study of head and neck cancer, more patients taking nivolumab survived for longer compared with those who were treated with chemotherapy. In another study, combining nivolumab with another drug […]

Baby deaths: MPs tell of pain and trauma of their loss

Baby deaths: MPs tell of pain and trauma of their loss

Image caption Two MPs who have lost children are spearheading the campaign in Parliament Two MPs who know the pain and trauma of losing a baby are calling for more support for people affected by stillbirth or neonatal death. Conservatives Antoinette Sandbach and Will Quince will host a Twitter session on Monday as “Baby Loss […]

Testosterone on NHS ‘could help boost women’s libido’

Testosterone on NHS ‘could help boost women’s libido’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Doctors say giving women testosterone could give them an energy boost and a new lease of life Women suffering from a loss of sexual desire should be offered testosterone on the NHS, a doctor has suggested. Nick Panay, from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, told a GPs’ conference […]

NHS cuts ‘planned across England’

NHS cuts ‘planned across England’

Image copyright Thinkstock Plans are being drawn up that could see cuts to NHS services across England. The BBC has seen draft sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) which propose ward closures, cuts in bed numbers and changes to A&E and GP care in 44 areas. There have been no consultations on the plans so far. […]

Concerns raised over teenage pregnancy ‘magic dolls’

Concerns raised over teenage pregnancy ‘magic dolls’

Image copyright Associated Press Image caption Some teenage pregnancy education programmes involve ‘magic dolls’ being looked after for a weekend Teenage pregnancy prevention programmes which use “magic dolls” to simulate the needs of a new baby do not work, according to a study in The Lancet. More than 1,000 teenage girls who took part in […]