‘Handful of changes’ make cancer

‘Handful of changes’ make cancer

Image copyright SPL British scientists have worked out how many changes it takes to transform a healthy cell into a cancer. The team, at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, showed the answer was a tiny handful, between one and 10 mutations depending on the type of tumour. It has been one of the most hotly […]

‘Steep rise’ in self-harm among teenage girls

‘Steep rise’ in self-harm among teenage girls

Image copyright Getty Images There has been a steep rise in reports of self-harm among girls aged 13 to 16, according to a study of data from GP practices across the UK. The BMJ study, which looked at figures from 2011-2014, said GPs could be getting better at picking up self-harm. But it was likely […]

Novelty contact lenses ‘can cause sight loss’

Novelty contact lenses ‘can cause sight loss’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption They may make you look creepy, but there are risks, experts say Eye experts are warning of the risks of wearing novelty contact lenses at Halloween, saying they can cause nasty infections and scratches to the eyes. Cosmetic contact lenses are often sold in joke and fancy-dress shops and […]

No applicants for GP job at locum-run Pembrokeshire surgery

No applicants for GP job at locum-run Pembrokeshire surgery

Image copyright Getty Images Not a single person has applied for a job vacancy to work as a GP in a Pembrokeshire surgery in the last nine months, a report states. Goodwick Surgery in Pembrokeshire has no permanent doctors and is being run fully on locum cover by Hywel Dda health board. Despite an advert […]

Hundreds of families block organ donation

Hundreds of families block organ donation

Media captionRachel wants to be an organ donor Organs from 505 registered donors could not be made available for transplant in the last five years because of objections from relatives. BBC 5 live found that almost a third of families blocked organ donation because they felt the process took “too long”. The law states that […]

Check NHS cancer, A&E and operations targets in your area

The NHS is under unprecedented pressure. Rising numbers of patients need hospital care – whether in an accident and emergency department, for cancer treatment or for planned operations and care, such as knee and hip replacements. For each there are strict targets local services are expected to meet across the UK. But what are the […]

Women ‘deserve apology’ over vaginal mesh implants

Women ‘deserve apology’ over vaginal mesh implants

Media captionStephanie and Peter Williams say it’s made it “impossible” for them to be intimate Women left in permanent pain and unable to walk, work or have sex because of vaginal mesh implants deserve an apology, a senior MP has said. Dr Sarah Wollaston, chairman of the health committee, said some claim they did not […]

Dyslexia link to eye spots confusing brain, say scientists

Dyslexia link to eye spots confusing brain, say scientists

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption People with dyslexia have difficulty learning to read, write or spell French scientists say they may have found a potential cause of dyslexia which could be treatable, hidden in tiny cells in the human eye. In a small study they found that most dyslexics had dominant round spots […]

Pre-sex HIV drug ‘no-brainer’ for NHS

Pre-sex HIV drug ‘no-brainer’ for NHS

Image copyright Getty Images A drug to dramatically cut the risk of HIV infection during sex would save the UK around £1bn over the next 80 years, say scientists. The team at University College London says Prep, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a “no-brainer” for the NHS. The study predicts that giving Prep to men who […]

Chicken food poisoning levels falling

Chicken food poisoning levels falling

Image copyright PA The number of supermarket chickens contaminated with food poisoning bug campylobacter is continuing to fall, according to the Food Standards Agency. Figures from 2016-17 showed only 6.5% of fresh UK-produced chickens tested positive at the highest contamination level, down from 19.7% in 2014-15. And from April to July, the last period of […]

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