Self-lubricating condom designed to reduce infections

Self-lubricating condom designed to reduce infections

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have found a way to make self-lubricating latex condoms that become slippery on contact. It is thanks to a special, durable coating that should last throughout intercourse, says the team, backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They hope it will make condoms more appealing to use […]

Bill Turnbull: Having prostate cancer is ‘relentlessly boring’

Bill Turnbull: Having prostate cancer is ‘relentlessly boring’

Image copyright PA Bill Turnbull has described dealing with cancer every day as “relentlessly boring” and admitted he asked doctors to stop his “unbearable” chemotherapy. The former BBC Breakfast anchor, who’s now a presenter on Classic FM, said: “I just couldn’t bear it any longer.” After that round of chemo in July – his eighth […]

I saved my dad’s life with CPR

I saved my dad’s life with CPR

Image copyright BHF “I heard my mam shout my name. You know when someone shouts your name and it frightens you? I ran downstairs and there’s my dad on the couch, blacked out, blue lips, blue ear lobes, his fingers – everything. I thought: ‘Right, that’s CPR time’.” Aaron Groves, from Liverpool, was 15 when […]

Which? testing reveals ‘unsafe’ child stair gates

Which? testing reveals ‘unsafe’ child stair gates

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Each month, thousands of new parents buy stair gates, such as the version seen here – which was not one of the products named by Which? Parents should immediately stop using three market-leading child stair gates, a consumer group has said after carrying out its own safety tests. Which? […]

Dance lessons for the lonely – on the NHS

Dance lessons for the lonely – on the NHS

Image copyright Getty Images GPs in England are being given permission to prescribe patients “social” activities, such as dance classes, to tackle loneliness. The strategy, announced by Prime Minister Theresa May, will also see postal delivery workers checking in on isolated people during their rounds. The government says about 200,000 older people have not had […]

Children ‘should be weighed up to age 18’, report says

Children ‘should be weighed up to age 18’, report says

Image copyright Getty Images Children and young people up to 18 should have their weight and body mass index (BMI) recorded every year, says a report by child health experts. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health say England is falling behind other countries on obesity, mental health and infant deaths. It predicts rising […]

Cwm Taf baby deaths: ‘My baby is buried 4,000 miles away’

Cwm Taf baby deaths: ‘My baby is buried 4,000 miles away’

Image copyright Family photo Image caption Chioma Udeogu, who lives in Nigeria, has never been able to return to visit her daughter’s grave in Glyntaff Cemetery, Pontypridd Chioma Udeogu hopes one day she will be able to visit her baby girl’s grave thousands of miles away from her home in Nigeria. Her daughter, Favour, was […]

New checks to crack down on free prescription fraud

New checks to crack down on free prescription fraud

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption England is the only part of the UK which charges for prescriptions Patients claiming free prescriptions in England face checks before medicine is issued in an effort to stamp out fraud. Prescription fraud currently costs the NHS an estimated £256m a year. A new digitised system to be piloted […]

Terminal breast cancer patients ‘abandoned’ in nurse shortage

Terminal breast cancer patients ‘abandoned’ in nurse shortage

Image copyright asiseeit Image caption Dedicated specialist cancer nurses provide physical and emotional support Thousands of incurable breast cancer patients are being denied a dedicated specialist nurse, according to Breast Cancer Care. The figures show almost three-quarters (72%) of NHS Trusts across the UK are not providing designated nurses. Three years ago, the government promised […]

Princess Eugenie: ‘I wanted my wedding dress to show my scar’

Princess Eugenie: ‘I wanted my wedding dress to show my scar’

Image copyright PA The Dress. For many brides what to wear on their big day is one of the most important decisions they’ll make. Ivory or white? A-line or mermaid? Long or short? Fitted or puffy? But for Princess Eugenie there was an extra factor at play. The Queen’s granddaughter had major surgery on her […]