Sepsis death in The Archers all too familiar, says charity

Sepsis death in The Archers all too familiar, says charity

Image copyright Gary Moyes Image caption Nic Grundy is married to Will and has three young children in The Archers The death of a young mother from sepsis in BBC radio drama The Archers on Friday has prompted an outpouring of shock and emotion. The character of Nic Grundy developed sepsis, or blood poisoning, after […]

Brain donation urged by Cardiff dementia research centre

Brain donation urged by Cardiff dementia research centre

Media captionKen Baxter said donating his brain after he dies is his way of “doing his bit” Older people in Wales are being urged to think about donating their brains after they die to help scientists researching dementia. Researchers at Cardiff University are not actively recruiting at the moment but are still keen to hear […]

Wearable tech aids stroke patients

Wearable tech aids stroke patients

Media captionWearable tech could help stroke patients Scientists in the US are developing wearable sensors to speed up the recovery of stroke patients. The sensors are able to send information to doctors continuously. The team developing the system says it could allow therapists to more closely monitor the effectiveness of their care. Details of the […]

Drug errors cause appalling harm and deaths, says Hunt

Drug errors cause appalling harm and deaths, says Hunt

Image copyright Getty Images Drug errors cause appalling levels of harm and deaths, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says, as new data suggests millions of mistakes are being made. GPs, pharmacists, hospitals and care homes may be making 237 million errors a year – the equivalent of a mistake made for every five drugs handed out. […]

Mini-tumours’ created to battle cancer

Mini-tumours’ created to battle cancer

Image copyright ICR Image caption The mini-tumours can be used to predict if a patient will respond to therapy Scientists have been able to predict how cancer patients will respond to therapy by growing miniature versions of their tumours in the laboratory. They say the groundbreaking work could lead to “smarter, kinder and more effective […]

Sipping acidic fruit teas can wear away teeth, says study

Sipping acidic fruit teas can wear away teeth, says study

Image copyright Getty Images Sipping acidic drinks such as fruit teas and flavoured water can wear away teeth and damage the enamel, an investigation by scientists has shown. The King’s College London team found that drinking them between meals and savouring them for too long increased the risk of tooth erosion from acid. The research, […]

Anti-depressants: Major study finds they work

Anti-depressants: Major study finds they work

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have settled one of medicine’s biggest debates after a huge study found that anti-depressants work. The study, which analysed data from 522 trials involving 116,477 people, found 21 common anti-depressants were all more effective at reducing symptoms of acute depression than dummy pills. But it also showed big […]

NHS ‘dangerously’ short of 100,000 staff

NHS ‘dangerously’ short of 100,000 staff

Image copyright PA The NHS in England has nearly 100,000 jobs unfilled, a situation described as “dangerously” understaffed. The total represents one in 12 of all the posts in the health service and would be enough to staff 10 large hospitals. It includes 35,000 nurse posts and nearly 10,000 doctor vacancies. The figures have been […]

Asthma inhalers recalled in device alert

Asthma inhalers recalled in device alert

Image copyright MHRA Image caption A small number of Ventolin Accuhaler units are affected by the fault Three batches of Ventolin Accuhaler and Seretide Accuhaler asthma inhalers have been recalled because they do not deliver the full number of doses. The MHRA – the body that regulates the devices – warned that patients may find […]

Review ordered into epilepsy drug, vaginal mesh and Primodos

Review ordered into epilepsy drug, vaginal mesh and Primodos

Image caption The mesh implants are used to ease incontinence and to support organs The government has ordered a review into how UK authorities responded to concerns over three major medical problems. Baroness Julia Cumberlege has been asked to look at the pregnancy test Primodos, vaginal mesh implants and epilepsy drug sodium valproate cases. All […]