Drivers ‘should have compulsory eye tests’

Drivers ‘should have compulsory eye tests’

Image copyright Getty Images Drivers should have compulsory eye tests every 10 years, the Association of Optometrists has said. One in three optometrists say they have seen patients in the last month who continue to drive with vision below the legal standard, their association said. Motorists must read a number plate from 20m (65ft) in […]

Mother’s fury at ‘lack of support’ for daughter

Mother’s fury at ‘lack of support’ for daughter

Image copyright Police Scotland Image caption Libbi Toledo took her own life in September The mother of a teenage girl who took her own life after absconding from residential care said she was “furious” at the lack of mental health support for her daughter. Libbi Toledo had severe mental health issues as well as autism […]

Liver test to aid paracetamol overdose treatment

Liver test to aid paracetamol overdose treatment

People who overdose on paracetamol could be helped by a blood test that shows immediately if they are going to suffer liver damage. Researchers in Edinburgh and Liverpool said the test would help doctors identify which patients arriving in hospital need more intensive treatment. The blood test detects levels of specific molecules in blood associated […]

Sex unlikely to cause cardiac arrest, study finds

Sex unlikely to cause cardiac arrest, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Sudden cardiac arrest is associated with sexual activity far more often in men than women, research suggests. But sex is a rare trigger for sudden cardiac arrest. Only 34 out of the 4,557 cardiac arrests examined occurred during or within one hour of sexual intercourse and 32 of those affected were […]

New Scottish GP recruitment plans to cut workload

New Scottish GP recruitment plans to cut workload

Image copyright PA The Scottish government has announced plans to deal with problems in recruiting GPs. They are part of a proposed new contract for the profession, which aims to cut workload and make it easier to run practices. The NHS across the UK is having trouble attracting people to become GPs. Many doctors have […]

‘Urgent need’ for football header research

‘Urgent need’ for football header research

Image copyright Stirling University Scientists investigating links between heading footballs and dementia say there is an urgent need for more research. It follows the screening of a BBC documentary “Dementia, football and me”, featuring Alan Shearer. Last year, scientists at Stirling University found just one session of heading a ball could lead to an immediate […]

Major trauma care gap means patients die ‘unnecessarily’

Major trauma care gap means patients die ‘unnecessarily’

Media captionProf David Lockey is heading up clinical efforts to establish major trauma network Up to five seriously injured patients in south Wales die unnecessarily each month because the region is not part of a major trauma network, an expert in emergency care has said. Prof David Lockey said a lack of specialist treatment meant […]

‘I’m dealing with life-threatening situations – but I’m not a clinician, I’m a mum’

‘I’m dealing with life-threatening situations – but I’m not a clinician, I’m a mum’

Image copyright Trinity Mirror Publishing Ltd Image caption Hayley and Holly Smallman “She can have up to up to 40 seizures a day – potentially each one could be dangerous.” Hayley Smallman’s 15-year-old daughter Holly has a series of complex, life-limiting health conditions. Her cerebral palsy, chronic lung disease and epilepsy mean she needs 24-hour […]

‘I’m dealing with life-threatening situations – but I’m not a clinician, I’m a mum’

‘I’m dealing with life-threatening situations – but I’m not a clinician, I’m a mum’

Image copyright Trinity Mirror Publishing Ltd Image caption Hayley and Holly Smallman “She can have up to up to 40 seizures a day – potentially each one could be dangerous.” Hayley Smallman’s 15-year-old daughter Holly has a series of complex, life-limiting health conditions. Her cerebral palsy, chronic lung disease and epilepsy mean she needs 24-hour […]

Did you know you should give under-fives vitamin tablets?

Did you know you should give under-fives vitamin tablets?

Image copyright Getty Images Children between the age of six months and five years should take vitamin A, C and D supplements, government advice says – do you find this surprising? If you do, it seems you’re not alone. Researchers in Wales found only 30% of parents and carers said they had ever been given […]