Marriage may protect against dementia

Marriage may protect against dementia

Image copyright Getty Images Marriage and having close friends may help protect against dementia, according to Loughborough University researchers. The study, published in Journals of Gerontology, followed 6,677 adults for just under seven years. The quality of a person’s social circle appeared more important than the overall size, the research team said. The Alzheimer’s Society […]

Indian surgeons separate twins joined at the head

Indian surgeons separate twins joined at the head

Image copyright AIIMS Image caption The twin boys were separated after 16 hours of surgery Surgeons in the Indian capital, Delhi, have separated twin boys who were conjoined at the tops of their heads. Two-year-old Jaga and Kalia underwent 16 hours of surgery, and are now in the intensive care unit, doctors said. A team […]

Heart surgery survival chances ‘better in the afternoon’

Heart surgery survival chances ‘better in the afternoon’

Image copyright Getty Images Open heart surgery appears to be safer in the afternoon because of the body’s internal clock, scientists have said. The body clock – or circadian rhythm – is the reason we want to sleep at night, but it also drives huge changes in the way our bodies work. The research, published […]

Young people ‘not receiving mental health care they need’

Young people ‘not receiving mental health care they need’

Image copyright Alice Gibbs Image caption Alice Gibbs was diagnosed with anorexia at the age of 12 Young people are facing long waiting times and unequal access to mental health services, a review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said. The commissioner said this could be “putting young people’s lives at risk”. The review […]

Women in Scotland allowed abortion pill at home

Women in Scotland allowed abortion pill at home

Image caption Misoprostol is sold under the brand name Cytotec among others Women in Scotland are the first in the UK to be allowed to take the abortion pill at home. Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer has written to all health boards to say the drug misoprostol can be taken by women outside of a clinical […]

Patients face ‘distressing readmissions’

Patients face ‘distressing readmissions’

Image copyright Siri Stafford The number of patients in England being readmitted to hospital within 30 days of discharge has risen by nearly a quarter in the last four years, a watchdog has said. Figures compiled by Healthwatch suggest one in five of these potentially distressing readmissions happen 48 hours after being sent home. The […]

‘Incredible’ editing of life’s building blocks

‘Incredible’ editing of life’s building blocks

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have demonstrated an “incredibly powerful” ability to manipulate the building blocks of life in two separate studies. One altered the atoms in DNA to rewrite the human genetic code and the instructions for life. The other edited RNA, which is a chemical cousin of DNA and unlocks the information in […]

Superbug ‘sleuthing’ finds secret outbreaks

Superbug ‘sleuthing’ finds secret outbreaks

Image copyright Getty Images A feat of “genomic sleuthing” has uncovered 173 secret outbreaks of the superbug MRSA, a study shows. They were found in the east of England over the course of just one year, according to the details published in Science Translational Medicine. The researchers say their approach could transform the way we […]

Southend hospital set to pilot Airbnb-style scheme

Southend hospital set to pilot Airbnb-style scheme

Image copyright Google Image caption It is hoped the Essex trial will see around 30 patients waiting for discharge from hospital care stay Airbnb-style accommodation may be used to free-up NHS hospital beds as part of a pilot scheme under consideration. It is hoped the Essex trial will see around 30 patients waiting for discharge […]

E-cigarettes: Cross-party group of MPs launches inquiry

E-cigarettes: Cross-party group of MPs launches inquiry

MPs are to carry out an inquiry into e-cigarettes amid concerns there are “significant gaps” in what is known about them and how they are regulated. The science and technology committee will look at their effectiveness as a stop-smoking tool and the impact of their growing use on health. Nearly three million people in the […]