Women take legal action over breast implant cancer link

Women take legal action over breast implant cancer link

Image caption Linzy developed a rare lymphoma 13 years after breast implant surgery Twenty UK women are taking legal action after developing a rare form of cancer linked to their breast implants. More than 50 women have been diagnosed with the same condition in the UK, and hundreds more worldwide. A top surgeon said there […]

Candida auris: The new superbug on the block

Candida auris: The new superbug on the block

Image copyright Getty Images The drug-resistant fungus, Candida auris, was only discovered 10 years ago, but is now one of the world’s most feared hospital microbes. There have been outbreaks across the world, and new research shows higher temperatures may have led to an increase in infections. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre ‘may lose proton beam therapy’

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre ‘may lose proton beam therapy’

Image caption BBC correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones was treated at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in July A centre which has been the home of the only UK facility for treating rare eye cancers may lose the technology in the future, health bosses have warned. The world’s first low-energy proton beam therapy was performed at Wirral’s Clatterbridge […]

Patients who cannot eat food ‘fear for lives’

Patients who cannot eat food ‘fear for lives’

Image copyright Keith Millen Image caption Keith Millen, from Bridgend, is completely dependent on bags of total parenteral nutrition – but supplies have been disrupted Patients who cannot eat have told BBC News they are petrified and fear for their lives after problems making their replacement nutrition. They are completely dependent on bags filled with […]

‘Hundreds’ seek private clinics for medical cannabis

‘Hundreds’ seek private clinics for medical cannabis

Hundreds of people in the UK are turning to private clinics for medical cannabis, BBC News has been told. Since its legalisation in November 2018, there have been very few, if any, prescriptions for medical cannabis containing THC on the NHS. And this has led some patients, with conditions such as epilepsy and MS, to […]

Drug deaths soar to highest level on record

Drug deaths soar to highest level on record

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Treatment programmes for heroin addicts have been cut, experts say Drug deaths rose sharply in England and Wales to reach record numbers last year, official figures show. There were 2,917 deaths from illicit drugs in 2018, the Office of National Statistics said, a rise of 17%. Most deaths were […]

Dental surgeons urge England’s schools to go sugar-free

Dental surgeons urge England’s schools to go sugar-free

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than 40% of under-18s didn’t visit an NHS dentist last year, figures show Dental surgeons are calling for the government in England to encourage all schools to go sugar-free in a bid to combat tooth decay. They say it is essential to cut sugar in school meals to […]

Lyme disease: Older white women ‘at highest risk’

Lyme disease: Older white women ‘at highest risk’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The characteristic bulls-eye rash seen in Lyme disease Older women are at most risk of contracting Lyme disease, a study suggests – and parts of southern and south-west England are “hotspots”. There are around 3,000 cases of the disease – a bacterial infection carried by ticks – each […]

Stop cuts to adult social care, petition urges

Stop cuts to adult social care, petition urges

Image caption Adult social care provides help with daily tasks More than 150,000 people have signed a petition calling for urgent action to fix the system that provides care for older and disabled people. It urges the prime minister “to end swingeing cuts”, saying more than 1.4 million over-65s in England have been left without […]

Social-media use ‘disrupting teen sleep and exercise’

Social-media use ‘disrupting teen sleep and exercise’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Maybe he’s checking social media when he should be sleeping in bed… Using social media isn’t directly harming teenagers – but it can reduce the time they spend on healthy activities, such as sleeping and exercising, a study suggests. Parents should ban phones from bedrooms after 22:00 and encourage […]

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