NHS ransomware attack response criticised

NHS ransomware attack response criticised

Image copyright AFP Image caption WannaCry was the biggest cyber-attack to have affected the NHS The government and NHS bodies have been criticised by MPs for failing to implement measures to improve cyber-security nearly a year after a major ransomware attack on the service. Twenty-two recommendations were made after the WannaCry attack led to nearly […]

Malaria experts fear disease’s resurgence

Malaria experts fear disease’s resurgence

Image copyright Science Photo Library For the first time in 10 years, global malaria cases are no longer falling, sparking concerns about a resurgence of the too often deadly disease. Experts, and philanthropist Bill Gates, are urging country leaders gathering at the Commonwealth summit in London to pledge more money to fight the illness. In […]

Scotland’s highest paid doctors mainly men

Scotland’s highest paid doctors mainly men

Image copyright Getty Images Scotland’s top earning senior doctors are overwhelmingly men, BBC research has found. The figures showed just 15 out of 100 of the highest-paid consultants across Scotland’s health boards were women. The Freedom of Information data suggested just two of Scotland’s NHS boards had as many as three women among their top […]

Jérôme Hamon: Frenchman gets ‘third face’ in new transplant

Jérôme Hamon: Frenchman gets ‘third face’ in new transplant

Media captionMr Hamon is still recovering in hospital in Paris after the January transplant The first person in the world to receive two facial transplants says he is feeling well, three months after his latest groundbreaking operation. Jérôme Hamon had his first transplanted face removed last year after signs of rejection following a treatment with […]

Does vaginal seeding boost health?

Should Caesarean-section babies be smeared with a sample of their mother’s vaginal fluids as soon as they are born? “Vaginal seeding” is not mainstream medicine, but it is growing in popularity. The idea is to give these newborns something they missed when they emerged into the world – the good bacteria that live in their […]

European women twice as likely to be blonde as men, study says

European women twice as likely to be blonde as men, study says

Image copyright Getty Images Women from European descent are twice as likely to be naturally blonde as men, according to new research. The largest ever genetic study on pigmentation looked at nearly 300,000 people of European descent. It found 124 new genes that play a major role in determining human hair colour variation. The report’s […]

Survey finds an ‘over-reliance’ on medication to treat ADHD

Survey finds an ‘over-reliance’ on medication to treat ADHD

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Scottish ADHD Coalition’s report raises concerns that medication is overly relied on Families of children with ADHD are warning that too often medication is the only option they are offered to manage the condition. A survey of parents across Scotland found evidence of delays in diagnosing ADHD and […]

Alfie Evans case: Court rules against parents again

Alfie Evans case: Court rules against parents again

Image copyright ACTION4ALFIE Image caption Alfie Evans is in a “semi-vegetative state” in the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital The parents of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans have lost their latest legal battle. Tom Evans and Kate James asked Court of Appeal judges to rule that the 23-month-old should be allowed to receive treatment in Italy. […]

Doctor due to qualify as GP ‘saved from deportation’

Doctor due to qualify as GP ‘saved from deportation’

Image copyright Luke Ong Image caption Dr Luke Ong, seen with his family, graduated from the University of Manchester The Home Office has backed off trying to deport a Singaporean doctor who has lived in the UK years for 10 years and is five months from qualifying as a GP. Manchester-based Dr Luke Ong, 31, […]

Ketamine has ‘fast-acting benefits’ for depression

Ketamine has ‘fast-acting benefits’ for depression

Image copyright Science Photo Library Ketamine has “shown promise” in the rapid treatment of major depression and suicidal thoughts, a US study says. Ketamine has a reputation as a party drug but is licensed as an anaesthetic. The study found use of the drug via a nasal spray led to “significant” improvements in depressive symptoms […]