Women ‘unsure how much to eat while pregnant’ – survey

Women ‘unsure how much to eat while pregnant’ – survey

Image copyright PA Most women do not know how much they should be eating while pregnant, a survey has suggested. The National Charity Partnership found only a third of the expectant mothers questioned got the correct answer. Health watchdog NICE advises that in the first six months of pregnancy women do not need any extra […]

NHS plans to scrap homeopathy treatments

NHS plans to scrap homeopathy treatments

Image copyright Getty Images NHS England has announced plans to stop doctors prescribing homeopathy, herbal and other “low value” treatments. It hopes to save almost £200m a year by ending what the head of the service called a “misuse of scarce” NHS funds. Prescriptions for conditions including diarrhoea, thrush, acne and acute pain are among […]

Boots apologises for morning-after pill response

Boots apologises for morning-after pill response

Media caption“Boots spectacularly misjudged public opinion,” says Clare Murphy of the BPAS Boots has said it is “truly sorry” for its response to calls to cut the cost of one of its morning-after pills. The pharmaceutical company was criticised after telling the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) it was avoiding “incentivising inappropriate use”. It now […]

Boots faces morning-after pill cost row

Boots faces morning-after pill cost row

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Levonelle can be taken within three days of having unprotected sex Boots has been accused of refusing to cut the cost of one of its morning-after pills for fear of criticism from campaigners. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), which provides abortion care, wants Boots and other pharmacies […]

‘Mind-blowing’ cows hold clue to beating HIV

‘Mind-blowing’ cows hold clue to beating HIV

Image copyright Getty Images Cows have shown an “insane” and “mind-blowing” ability to tackle HIV which will help develop a vaccine, say US researchers. In a first for immunisation, the animals rapidly produced special types of antibody that can neutralise HIV. It is thought cows evolved a supreme immune defence due to their complex and […]

Nine lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk, study says

Nine lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk, study says

Media captionWant to avoid dementia? This might help One in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life, according to an international study in the Lancet. It lists nine key risk factors including lack of education, hearing loss, smoking and physical inactivity. The study is being […]

Aids deaths halve as more get drugs

Aids deaths halve as more get drugs

Image copyright Getty Images Deaths linked to Aids have halved in a decade, official figures shows. The condition, which is caused by HIV, used to be one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. A report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids) showed deaths had fallen from a peak of 1.9 […]

Half of pupils expelled from school ‘mentally ill’

Half of pupils expelled from school ‘mentally ill’

Image copyright Getty Images Half of pupils expelled from England’s schools have a mental health issue, according to analysis of official data. The Institute of Public Policy Research suggests if excluded students with undiagnosed problems were included, the rate would be much higher. This figure compares with one in 50 pupils in the wider population […]

Zion Harvey: Double hand transplant boy plays baseball

Zion Harvey: Double hand transplant boy plays baseball

Media captionZion says he wants to write to the parents of the child whose hands he now has A US boy who made history as the world’s first child to have a double hand transplant is now swinging a baseball bat well, his doctors say. It is two years since Zion Harvey, who is now […]

Quarter of babies born to foreign mothers in England and Wales

Quarter of babies born to foreign mothers in England and Wales

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The average age women become mothers is just over 30 in England and Wales More than a quarter of babies born in England and Wales in 2016 were to foreign mothers – the highest level on record, official figures show. This figure has increased every year since 1990 to […]