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 […]

Pay row threatens overnight care for vulnerable

Pay row threatens overnight care for vulnerable

Image copyright SPL Vulnerable people with learning difficulties could lose overnight supervision, disability charity Mencap warns. The HMRC has ruled carers sleeping overnight to provide safety and reassurance should be be paid the national minimum wage for all hours. Mencap says the total bill for back pay – due by September, and in some cases […]

England ‘on track’ to stamp out smoking

England ‘on track’ to stamp out smoking

Image copyright solidcolours/Getty The government has set out an ambitious plan to make England, in effect, smoke-free in the next few decades. The new Tobacco Control Plan aims to slash smoking rates from 15.5% to 12% of the population by 2022, paving the way to a smoke-free generation. If national smoking rates continue to fall, […]

Life expectancy rises ‘grinding to halt’ in England

Life expectancy rises ‘grinding to halt’ in England

Image copyright Yuri_Arcurs/Getty Rising rates of life expectancy are grinding to a halt in England after more than 100 years of continuous progress, says a leading health expert. University College London expert Sir Michael Marmot said he was “deeply concerned” by the situation, calling it “historically highly unusual”. He said it was “entirely possible” austerity […]

Surgeons remove 27 contact lenses from woman’s eye

Surgeons remove 27 contact lenses from woman’s eye

Image copyright BMJ Image caption “A bluish foreign body” turned out to be a “hard mass” of 17 lenses stuck together with mucus Surgeons have removed 27 contact lenses from the eye of a 67-year-old woman who had come to Solihull Hospital for routine cataract surgery. “A bluish foreign body” turned out to be a […]

Charlie Gard: US doctor meets Great Ormond Street medics

Charlie Gard: US doctor meets Great Ormond Street medics

Image copyright PA The US doctor who has offered to treat terminally ill Charlie Gard has attended a meeting at Great Ormond Street Hospital to decide whether he should travel to America for therapy. Dr Michio Hirano will discuss Charlie’s condition with doctors treating him and independent specialists. Great Ormond Street has given Dr Hirano […]

Vaginal mesh implant patients meet MPs

Vaginal mesh implant patients meet MPs

Image caption The Scottish parliament put a moratorium on implants in 2014 Women across the UK who have said they have been left physically and mentally scarred after having vaginal mesh implants are to take their campaign to ban the procedure to Westminster. Around 60 women will meet a group of MPs about the issue […]

NHS ranked ‘number one’ health system

NHS ranked ‘number one’ health system

Image copyright JohnnyGreig The NHS has been ranked the number one health system in a comparison of 11 countries. The UK health service was praised for its safety, affordability and efficiency, but fared less well on outcomes such as preventing early death and cancer survival. The research by the Commonwealth Fund, a US think tank, […]

Teeth-grinding in teens ‘a sign of being bullied’

Teeth-grinding in teens ‘a sign of being bullied’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Teeth-grinding in teenagers could be sign of an underlying problem at school Teeth-grinding in teenagers could be a sign they are being bullied at school, research suggests. An oral health charity said parents and schools should be aware of the problem, which can also affect adults who are stressed […]