Deaths by suicide and drugs highest among Generation X

Deaths by suicide and drugs highest among Generation X

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Musician Kurt Cobain, who died when he was 27, belonged to Generation X People born in the 1960s and 70s stand out as the generation most likely to die by suicide or drug poisoning, data for England and Wales shows. The higher rate of fatalities began in the 1980s […]

Chlamydia sex infection vaccine passes safety test

Chlamydia sex infection vaccine passes safety test

Image copyright Getty Images A vaccine to protect people against the common sexually transmitted infection chlamydia has passed initial safety tests. It is the first of its kind to enter human trials. Experts say immunisation may be the best way to tackle the disease that accounts for nearly half of all sex infections diagnosed in […]

HRT: UK faces shortage for menopausal women

HRT: UK faces shortage for menopausal women

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hormone replacement therapy helps relieve symptoms of the menopause Women going through the menopause are facing a national shortage of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Many of the most commonly prescribed forms of HRT, which helps deal with the symptoms of the menopause, are out of stock in some pharmacies. […]

Asthma deaths: ‘My son collapsed like a flick of a switch’

Asthma deaths: ‘My son collapsed like a flick of a switch’

Media caption‘My son died from an asthma attack’ Deaths from asthma in England and Wales are the highest they have been in more than a decade, according to analysis of official data. More than 1,400 adults and children died from asthma attacks in 2018 – that’s 2.5 people out of every 100,000. The charity Asthma […]

Asthma deaths in England and Wales ‘highest in a decade’

Asthma deaths in England and Wales ‘highest in a decade’

Image copyright Asthma UK Image caption Bailey, eight, died suddenly from an asthma attack after a day at school Deaths from asthma in England and Wales are the highest they have been in more than a decade, according to analysis of official data. More than 1,400 adults and children died from asthma attacks in 2018 […]

Women in labour given virtual reality to ease pain of childbirth

Women in labour given virtual reality to ease pain of childbirth

Media captionHannah Lelii has tested the technology ahead of giving birth in August Women in labour are being given virtual reality headsets to see if they can help manage the pain of childbirth. University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff is carrying out a trial and it could be rolled out across Wales, if successful. Midwife […]

‘Lack of evidence’ holding back cannabis medicines

‘Lack of evidence’ holding back cannabis medicines

Media captionAnthony and Tannine travel to the Netherlands to obtain cannabis oil for their child NHS patients are not getting cannabis-based medicines because of a lack of evidence they work, according to an official review. Multiple sclerosis patients and parents of children with severe epilepsy have been fighting for access to the drugs. The NHS […]

Record high numbers waiting for operations in England

Record high numbers waiting for operations in England

Image copyright Getty Images There were more people than ever before waiting for routine operations on the NHS in England – 4.4 million – in June. The government target is for 92% of patients to start treatment within 18 weeks – but only 86.3% did, meaning 600,000 people had to wait longer. In July, the […]

Warnings after woman is burned by ‘vagina steaming’

Warnings after woman is burned by ‘vagina steaming’

Image copyright Getty Images Gynaecologists are warning of the potential risks of vaginal steaming after it emerged a Canadian woman burned herself attempting one. A case study, involving a 62-year-old, was published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada. The woman had been suffering from a prolapsed vagina and believed the treatment could help […]

NHS to set up national artificial intelligence lab

NHS to set up national artificial intelligence lab

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS in England is setting up a national artificial intelligence laboratory to enhance care of patients and research. The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said AI had “enormous power” to improve care, save lives and ensure doctors had more time to spend with patients. He has announced £250m will be spent […]