Endometriosis: My life full of pain

Endometriosis: My life full of pain

Image copyright Amelia Davies Image caption Amelia hopes that talking about her condition will help others Endometriosis isn’t just painful periods, it’s a chronic condition in a league of its own. One in 10 women has it yet, in the UK, it takes on average seven years to get it correctly diagnosed by a doctor […]

Zika virus used to treat aggressive brain cancer

Zika virus used to treat aggressive brain cancer

Image copyright Getty Images A harmful virus that can cause devastating brain damage in babies could offer up a surprising new treatment for adult brain cancer, according to US scientists. Until now, Zika has been seen only as a global health threat – not a remedy. But latest research shows the virus can selectively infect […]

Families left devastated by false claims of FGM in girls

Families left devastated by false claims of FGM in girls

Some children in the UK have spent months on child protection plans – or in foster care – on the false suspicion they are victims of female genital mutilation, a BBC report has found. The BBC understands that it can take months for children to be examined in cases where FGM is suspected. Children can […]

‘I was told I’d be fired because of migraines’

‘I was told I’d be fired because of migraines’

Image copyright Fiona McKenzie Image caption Fiona McKenzie was made to feel she was “making a fuss over nothing” when she had migraines Many employers do not understand the terrible effects of migraines and could do more to support staff with the condition, three UK charities say. With one in seven people affected, their research […]

Royal baby: Duchess suffers severe morning sickness again

Royal baby: Duchess suffers severe morning sickness again

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Duchess of Cambridge with her daughter, Princess Charlotte In her past two pregnancies, the Duchess of Cambridge suffered from extreme morning sickness, known as hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). It appears that she is having a tough time with it again, now she is expecting her third child. HG is […]

Tenth of men aged 50 ‘have heart age 10 years older’

Tenth of men aged 50 ‘have heart age 10 years older’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In September alone, an estimated 7,400 people will die in England from heart disease or stroke One-tenth of 50-year-old men have a heart age 10 years older than they are, heightening their risk of a fatal heart attack or stroke, a study suggests. The Public Health England analysis is […]

The worst is yet to come for the NHS – hospital chiefs

The worst is yet to come for the NHS – hospital chiefs

Image copyright PA The NHS in England may suffer its worst winter in recent history if it does not receive an emergency bailout, hospital chiefs are warning. They say the cash is needed to pay for extra staff and beds because attempts to improve NHS finances have failed. The government has given councils an extra […]

One in three ‘sick notes’ for mental health, says NHS

One in three ‘sick notes’ for mental health, says NHS

Nearly a third of fit notes issued by GPs are for psychiatric problems, says an NHS report. This makes them the most common reason for people to take time off work, ahead of musculoskeletal diseases. There was a 14% rise in notes relating to anxiety and stress between 2015-16 and 2016-17. The Royal College of […]

Boots staff ‘harassed’ by morning-after pill campaigners

Boots staff ‘harassed’ by morning-after pill campaigners

Image copyright Science Photo Library Boots has accused a pregnancy charity of encouraging the “harassment” of its senior employees in a dispute over the cost of its morning-after pills. Lawyers for Boots said the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) helped supporters to send a “torrent of personal abuse” to members of staff. Members of the […]

What happens in the brain to make us ‘catch’ yawns

What happens in the brain to make us ‘catch’ yawns

Image copyright Getty Images You may well be yawning just reading this – it’s contagious. Now researchers have looked at what happens in our brains to trigger that response. A University of Nottingham team found it occurs in a part of the brain responsible for motor function. The primary motor cortex also plays a part […]