‘Urgent need’ for football header research

‘Urgent need’ for football header research

Image copyright Stirling University Scientists investigating links between heading footballs and dementia say there is an urgent need for more research. It follows the screening of a BBC documentary “Dementia, football and me”, featuring Alan Shearer. Last year, scientists at Stirling University found just one session of heading a ball could lead to an immediate […]

‘I’m dealing with life-threatening situations – but I’m not a clinician, I’m a mum’

‘I’m dealing with life-threatening situations – but I’m not a clinician, I’m a mum’

Image copyright Trinity Mirror Publishing Ltd Image caption Hayley and Holly Smallman “She can have up to up to 40 seizures a day – potentially each one could be dangerous.” Hayley Smallman’s 15-year-old daughter Holly has a series of complex, life-limiting health conditions. Her cerebral palsy, chronic lung disease and epilepsy mean she needs 24-hour […]

Did you know you should give under-fives vitamin tablets?

Did you know you should give under-fives vitamin tablets?

Image copyright Getty Images Children between the age of six months and five years should take vitamin A, C and D supplements, government advice says – do you find this surprising? If you do, it seems you’re not alone. Researchers in Wales found only 30% of parents and carers said they had ever been given […]

Cervical cancer jab women will ‘only need three smears’

Cervical cancer jab women will ‘only need three smears’

Image copyright DR P. MARAZZI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption The current HPV vaccine is given in two doses Women vaccinated against human papilloma virus (HPV) – thought to cause about 99% of cervical cancers – may only need three smear tests in their lifetime, a new study suggests. Since 2008, the HPV vaccine has been […]

Sick baby’s treatment ‘should continue’, High Court told

Sick baby’s treatment ‘should continue’, High Court told

Image copyright PA Image caption Isaiah, pictured with an aunt, has brain damage A mother and father are fighting a High Court battle to stop their eight-month-old son’s life support machine being switched off. Isaiah Hasstrup is brain damaged and dependent on a ventilator to keep him alive at King’s College Hospital, London. Doctors said […]

Breast cancer ‘can return 15 years after treatment ends’

Breast cancer ‘can return 15 years after treatment ends’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Breast cancer can resurface after remaining dormant for 15 years following successful treatment, a study has found. Women with large tumours and cancer that had spread to the lymph nodes had the highest 40% risk of it coming back. Researchers writing in the New England Journal of Medicine said extending […]

Daytime wounds ‘heal more quickly’

Daytime wounds ‘heal more quickly’

Wounds heal more quickly if they occur during the day rather than after dark, a study suggests. It found burns sustained at night took an average of 28 days to heal, but just 17 for those that happened in daytime. The team, at the UK’s MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, said they were astounded by […]

Birth complications ‘twice as common’ in some hospitals

Birth complications ‘twice as common’ in some hospitals

Image copyright Getty Images Women are twice as likely to suffer serious blood loss and severe tears during childbirth in some hospitals, according to an audit of maternity services in Great Britain. Third and fourth-degree tears occurred in one in 30 vaginal births but in some units in 2015-16 it was one in 15. The […]

‘Butterfly child’ given life-saving skin

‘Butterfly child’ given life-saving skin

Media captionHassan has been given a new genetically modified skin that covers 80% of his body A child has been given a new genetically modified skin that covers 80% of his body, in a series of lifesaving operations. Hassan, who lives in Germany, has a genetic disease – junctional epidermolysis bullosa – that leaves his […]

Thousands living with advanced cancer, says Macmillan

Thousands living with advanced cancer, says Macmillan

Image copyright Emma Young Image caption Emma Young has three children Thousands of people in England who have the most advanced cancers are surviving for several years after diagnosis, according to new research. Macmillan Cancer Support said it was down to new treatments but warned that living longer with advanced cancer can bring its own […]