Patient dies after 54 years in same Airdrie hospital

Patient dies after 54 years in same Airdrie hospital

Image copyright Caters News Image caption James Morris was admitted to Wester Moffat Hospital when he was just 21 years old A former soldier thought to be the UK’s longest-serving patient has died after spending 54 years at the same hospital. James Morris was admitted to hospital with a broken leg in 1962 but never […]

Priory’s care plan for anorexic teen Pippa McManus ‘inadequate’

Priory’s care plan for anorexic teen Pippa McManus ‘inadequate’

Image copyright McManus Family Image caption Pippa McManus stepped in front of a train five days after being released from a psychiatric hospital No adequate care plan was in place for an anorexic teenager who killed herself five days after being released from a psychiatric hospital, an inquest found. Pippa McManus, 15, weighed about 4st […]

Non-O blood group ‘linked to higher heart attack risk’

Non-O blood group ‘linked to higher heart attack risk’

Image copyright Science Photo Library People with a non-O blood group have a slightly increased risk of heart attack and stroke, research suggests. Scientists say it could be because higher levels of a blood-clotting protein are present in people with A, B and AB blood. The findings could help doctors better understand who is at […]

Smartphone ‘orders’ body to treat diabetes

Smartphone ‘orders’ body to treat diabetes

Image copyright J SHAO Scientists have used a smartphone to control the activity of the living cells inside an animal. The fusion of biology and technology was used to control blood sugar levels in mice with diabetes. The idea, described in Science Translational Medicine, could be applied to a wide range of diseases and drug […]

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson case: ‘Hundreds’ of other victims

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson case: ‘Hundreds’ of other victims

Image copyright SWNS Image caption Hospital authorities have been accused of failing to protect patients from Ian Paterson Hundreds of patients will seek compensation after a breast surgeon was convicted of carrying out needless operations, solicitors have said. Ian Paterson, 59, was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent, relating to nine women […]

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 […]