Targeted checks ‘prevent one-in-10 heart attacks’

Targeted checks ‘prevent one-in-10 heart attacks’

Image copyright Getty Images Nearly one in 10 heart attacks and strokes in England and Wales could be prevented if routine check-ups were better targeted, say researchers. Currently, people aged 40 and over are eligible to have their heart health assessed every five years. But UCL scientists say people at low risk are being checked […]

Sore knee? Maybe you have a fabella

Sore knee? Maybe you have a fabella

Image copyright Imperial College London Image caption The arrow on the scan shows where the fabella is – behind the knee A little bone in the knee scientists thought was being lost to evolution seems to be making a comeback, say experts from Imperial College London. The fabella is found in some people buried in […]

People with learning disabilities ‘trapped’ in hospitals as target missed

People with learning disabilities ‘trapped’ in hospitals as target missed

Image copyright Getty Images An NHS target to reduce the number of people with learning disabilities being treated in long-stay hospitals has been missed, resulting in more than 2,200 remaining in-patients in England. Charities say they are at risk of abuse and neglect in hospital units and should be cared for in homes in the […]

Mother ‘felt suicidal’ after baby death news reports

Mother ‘felt suicidal’ after baby death news reports

Image copyright Holly Eastall Image caption Holly Eastall and her baby son Louie who died from sudden infant death syndrome A mother who lost her son to cot death says she wants a change in how such cases are reported after misleading headlines left her feeling “suicidal”. Holly Eastall, 23, from Kingston, south-west London, was […]

HIV used to cure ‘bubble boy’ disease

HIV used to cure ‘bubble boy’ disease

Image copyright Courtesy of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital Image caption Gael, a patient at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital who received treatment, with his mother US scientists say they used HIV to make a gene therapy that cured eight infants of severe combined immunodeficiency, or “bubble boy” disease. Results of the research, developed at […]

Pig brains partially revived four hours after death

Pig brains partially revived four hours after death

Image copyright Getty Images US scientists have partially revived pig brains four hours after the animals were slaughtered. The findings could fuel debate about the barrier between life and death, and provide a new way of researching diseases like Alzheimer’s. The study showed the death of brain cells could be halted and that some connections […]

Ipswich ‘murder-suicide’: Crisis team ‘missed opportunity’

Ipswich ‘murder-suicide’: Crisis team ‘missed opportunity’

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Thomas and Katherine Kemp were found dead in Ipswich on 6 August A mental health trust has been criticised for failing to prevent a patient killing his wife and then taking his own life. Thomas and Katherine Kemp were found dead in Ipswich on 6 August. An inquest heard Mrs […]

The Priory fined £300k over death of 14-year-old girl

The Priory fined £300k over death of 14-year-old girl

Image copyright Family handout / PA Image caption Amy El-Keria was found hanged in her room in November 2012 The Priory healthcare group has been fined £300,000 over the death of a child at one of its hospitals. Amy El-Keria, 14, was found hanged in her room at the Priory in Ticehurst, East Sussex, in […]

A rasher of bacon a day ‘ups cancer risk’

A rasher of bacon a day ‘ups cancer risk’

Image copyright Getty Images Even small amounts of red and processed meat – such as a rasher of bacon a day – can increase the risk of bowel cancer, according to research. The latest study led by Oxford University and funded by Cancer Research UK, adds to evidence, including from the World Health Organization, that […]

Breech baby scan ‘would save lives’

Breech baby scan ‘would save lives’

Image copyright Getty Images Mums-to-be could be routinely offered an ultrasound scan at 36 weeks to help spot risky breech deliveries, when a baby’s bottom or feet will emerge first, say UK researchers. Breech births can be hazardous and tricky to diagnose. Currently, midwives and doctors tend to rely on the shape and feel of […]