Terminal cancer patient Ian Toothill conquers Everest

Terminal cancer patient Ian Toothill conquers Everest

Image copyright Peter Whitfield Image caption Ian Toothill, a Sheffield Wednesday fan, agreed to plant the flag of rivals Sheffield United at the summit of Everest A terminal cancer patient who has been told he has just months to live has conquered Mount Everest. Ian Toothill said he believes he is the first cancer patient […]

London attack: Goodwill and planning got NHS through

London attack: Goodwill and planning got NHS through

Image caption Dr Malik Ramadhan, divisional director of emergency care and trauma at the Royal London Hospital The NHS puts lots of effort into planning for a major incident – whether it is a terrorist attack, a cyber-attack, an outbreak of infectious disease or simply a major power cut. But what the past few months […]

Heart emergencies on planes need better treatment, say doctors

Heart emergencies on planes need better treatment, say doctors

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart Airlines should carry more medical equipment for dealing with in-flight cardiac arrests, say doctors. Such events are rare but account for the majority of deaths on flights, figures reveal. […]

Prostate cancer treatment ‘could help more patients’

Prostate cancer treatment ‘could help more patients’

Image copyright SPL Image caption Hormone therapy stops more testosterone from reaching the prostate gland One of the largest clinical trials for prostate cancer has given “powerful results”, say UK researchers. A drug for treating prostate cancer that has spread was found to save lives when offered earlier, a study found. The trial looked at […]

Drug shrinks ovarian tumours in early trial

Drug shrinks ovarian tumours in early trial

Image caption Marianne Heath’s tumours shrunk following treatment A new targeted treatment for ovarian cancer has shown “very promising” results in women in the advanced stages of the disease. It shrunk tumours in around half of women who took part in a small trial. Researchers had only been testing the drug to see if it […]

TVs in children’s bedrooms ‘increase risk of obesity’

TVs in children’s bedrooms ‘increase risk of obesity’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Having a TV in a child’s bedroom might result in poor sleep and eating habits Children who have TVs in their bedrooms are more likely to be overweight than those who do not, a study by University College London scientists suggests. For girls in particular, they found the longer spent […]

Long waits for surgery ‘have tripled in four years’

Long waits for surgery ‘have tripled in four years’

Image copyright stockvisual Image caption The target waiting time for planned surgery has been 18 weeks in England The number of patients waiting six months or more for surgery has tripled over the past four years in England, the Royal College of Surgeons has said. In March, nearly 130,000 people had been waiting for operations […]

Public sector employees ‘more anxious’, charity says

Public sector employees ‘more anxious’, charity says

Image caption Former policeman Alan Phillips said he hid the “overwhelming despair” he felt at work Public sector staff are more likely to feel anxious at work and take sick days for their mental health than those in the private sector, research suggests. The charity Mind asked 12,000 UK employees about their mental health. It […]

Freezing my eggs ‘helped me after rape’

Freezing my eggs ‘helped me after rape’

Image copyright Winnie M Li Image caption Winnie at a red carpet film event before her life changed At the age of 29, Winnie Li was living in London and enjoying a successful career as a film producer, working with film stars like Daniel Craig. She had been to the Oscars where a film she […]

Disgraced surgeon Ian Paterson jailed for 15 years

Disgraced surgeon Ian Paterson jailed for 15 years

Media caption“He made no attempt to show remorse”: Patricia Welch, one of Paterson’s victims, reacts to his jailing Breast surgeon Ian Paterson has been jailed for 15 years after carrying out unnecessary cancer operations. Paterson, 59, was convicted over operations on nine women and one man, but there were hundreds of other victims. He was […]