Breast surgeon Ian Paterson needlessly harmed patients

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson needlessly harmed patients

Image copyright SWNS Image caption One patient said Paterson ‘ruined their life’ A breast surgeon who “played God” and carried out “completely unnecessary” operations has been convicted of intentionally wounding patients. Ian Paterson, 59, carried out “extensive, life-changing operations for no medically-justifiable reason”. His motives were “obscure” but may have included a desire to “earn […]

Cancer Drugs Fund ‘huge waste of money’

Cancer Drugs Fund ‘huge waste of money’

Image copyright Thinkstock The Cancer Drugs Fund in England was a “huge waste of money” and may have caused patients to suffer unnecessarily from the side effects of the drugs, according to UK researchers. The fund ran from 2010 to 2016, costing £1.27bn, following an election promise made by the Conservatives to pay for cancer […]

Postpartum haemorrhage: Cheap lifesaver ‘cuts deaths by a third’

Postpartum haemorrhage: Cheap lifesaver ‘cuts deaths by a third’

Media captionSevere bleeding after childbirth is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide A cheap drug has been shown to stop women bleeding to death, in a discovery that should change practice around the world, say researchers. Every year, 100,000 women die from massive bleeding in the moments after giving birth. But an international study, […]

Test may spot glaucoma before symptoms begin, study says

Test may spot glaucoma before symptoms begin, study says

Image copyright University College London Image caption Each white spot is a “sick” retinal nerve cell at the back of an eye damaged by glaucoma It might be possible to treat the main cause of permanent blindness before people notice any loss of vision, say University College London researchers. They have developed a new kind […]

Plain tobacco packaging ‘may cut smokers by 300,000 in UK’

Plain tobacco packaging ‘may cut smokers by 300,000 in UK’

Image copyright ASH Image caption Packs sold in the UK must now have a standard colour, shape and font, plus health warnings Plain cigarette packaging could lead to 300,000 fewer smokers in the UK over the next year, a major review suggests. Standardised packs could also reduce the appeal of tobacco and increase calls to […]

‘Exciting’ blood test spots cancer a year early

‘Exciting’ blood test spots cancer a year early

Image copyright Getty Images Doctors have spotted cancer coming back up to a year before normal scans in an “exciting” discovery. The UK team was able to scour the blood for signs of cancer while it was just a tiny cluster of cells invisible to X-ray or CT scans. It should allow doctors to hit […]

Premature lambs kept alive in ‘plastic bag’ womb

Premature lambs kept alive in ‘plastic bag’ womb

Image copyright Partridge, E. A. et al. / Nature Communications Image caption The premature lambs matured and grew a wool Scientists have been able to keep premature lambs alive for weeks using an artificial womb that looks like a plastic bag. It provides everything the foetus needs to continue growing and maturing, including a nutrient-rich […]

Exercise ‘keeps the mind sharp’ in over-50s, study finds

Exercise ‘keeps the mind sharp’ in over-50s, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Moderate physical exercise such as cycling or jogging can help boost brain power Doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you’re over 50, research suggests. Thinking and memory skills were most improved when people exercised the heart and muscles […]

Mental health care cuts in England ‘to total £4.5m’

Mental health care cuts in England ‘to total £4.5m’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption NHS England said in February 2016 it had identified the need to invest an additional £1bn in mental health services Mental health spending is being cut by £4.5m in five English regions this year, new figures indicate. The largest cut, of £1.9m or 3.6% , will be made in […]

Welsh patient waits four years to leave hospital

Welsh patient waits four years to leave hospital

Image copyright Getty Images A hospital patient has been waiting nearly four years to leave hospital after being declared fit for discharge. The unnamed patient, who has a “serious mental health condition”, learning disability and physical health problems, has been in a hospital bed for more than 1,338 days. The patient is expected to leave […]