New ban on epilepsy drug in pregnancy

New ban on epilepsy drug in pregnancy

Image copyright Science Photo Library An epilepsy drug that can damage unborn babies must no longer be prescribed to girls and women of childbearing age in the UK unless they sign a form to say that they understand the risks. Drug regulator the MHRA says the new measures it’s introducing will keep future generations of […]

Parents facing ‘unfair child abuse claims’ over bruising

Parents facing ‘unfair child abuse claims’ over bruising

Image caption Chelsea’s son was taken off her for a year, until his bruising was found to be the result of a medical condition Parents are being investigated for possible child abuse because of the misinterpretation of guidelines on bruising in babies, it’s claimed. Official guidelines from health watchdog NICE for hospital workers suggest such […]

How bacteria are changing your mood

How bacteria are changing your mood

If anything makes us human it’s our minds, thoughts and emotions. And yet a controversial new concept is emerging that claims gut bacteria are an invisible hand altering our brains. Science is piecing together how the trillions of microbes that live on and in all of us – our microbiome – affect our physical health. […]

Alfie Evans’ life support withdrawn, father says

Alfie Evans’ life support withdrawn, father says

Image copyright Kate James Image caption Alfie Evans’ condition in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital has been described as “semi-vegetative” The life support of seriously ill toddler Alfie Evans has been withdrawn, his father has said. Tom Evans said the 23-month-old’s life support was turned off on Monday but Alfie was breathing on his own and […]

Why a faecal transplant could save your life

Why a faecal transplant could save your life

The faecal transplant, also known as trans-poo-sion, surely has the title of medicine’s most disgusting procedure. It is pretty much what you are imagining – part of a faecal stool is taken from one person and given to another. The purpose is to introduce new beneficial microbes to the receiving patient’s digestive system. And it […]

Cystic fibrosis: Company urged to lower cost of life-changing drug

Cystic fibrosis: Company urged to lower cost of life-changing drug

Image caption More than 10,000 people in the UK suffer from cystic fibrosis, which causes fatal lung damage Health ministers have urged a pharmaceutical company to drop the price of a life-changing cystic fibrosis (CF) drug for NHS patients. Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ Orkambi costs £100,000 a year per patient, and has been deemed too expensive for […]

Allied Healthcare: Home care provider seeks rescue plan

Allied Healthcare: Home care provider seeks rescue plan

Image copyright Getty Images One of the biggest providers of UK home care is in financial difficulty. Allied Healthcare, which cares for 13,500 elderly and vulnerable patients across the UK, is set to file for protection from its creditors due to a “highly challenging environment”. The company said it would continue to provide care and […]

‘World’s worst’ super-gonorrhoea man cured

‘World’s worst’ super-gonorrhoea man cured

Image copyright Getty Images A man in the UK who caught the world’s “worst-ever” case of super-gonorrhoea has been cured. Sexual health doctors say he was “very lucky” and the case was a “major wake-up call for everybody”. He picked up the superbug having sex with a woman in South East Asia, despite having a […]

Is marathon running bad for you?

Is marathon running bad for you?

Image copyright PA On Sunday some 40,000 runners are due to take part in the London Marathon. But can marathon running do more harm than good? Barry Trott, 57, was nearing the end of his first marathon in Bilbao, Spain, in 2014, when his dehydration turned into sudden sickness. With only a few miles left […]

London Marathon: How to run in the heat

London Marathon: How to run in the heat

Image copyright Getty Images This year’s London Marathon is likely to be the hottest yet, so how do you run a marathon in the heat? On Sunday some 40,000 people are expected to take part in the race in temperatures that are forecast to reach up to 23C (73F), which would break the previous record […]

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