Lyme disease can be diagnosed by ‘bull’s eye’ rash alone

Lyme disease can be diagnosed by ‘bull’s eye’ rash alone

Image copyright CDC Image caption The rash is raised around the edges Lyme disease can be diagnosed by the rash alone, new advice for the NHS says. People with the “bull’s eye” circular rash do not need a blood test and should be treated immediately to avoid complications, the National Institute for Health and Care […]

Essex baby’s spine ‘repaired’ in the womb

Essex baby’s spine ‘repaired’ in the womb

Image copyright Bethan Simpson Image caption Bethan Simpson’s unborn baby had foetal repair surgery at 24 weeks’ gestation An unborn baby has had surgery on her spine while she was still in her mother’s womb. Bethan Simpson, 26, from Maldon, Essex, was told her unborn daughter Eloise had spina bifida at her 20-week scan. Mrs […]

Birmingham family’s ‘nightmare’ over £200k medical bill

Birmingham family’s ‘nightmare’ over £200k medical bill

Image copyright Family handout Image caption The family of Maxine Howell said they are living in a ‘nightmare’ The family of a seriously ill woman in Mexico have said they are living a “nightmare” as her £200,000 medical bills are not covered by insurance. Maxine Howell, from West Bromwich, celebrated her 50th birthday in Cancun […]

Breast cancer: Scan younger women at risk, charity says

Breast cancer: Scan younger women at risk, charity says

Image copyright Science Photo Library Younger women with a family history of breast cancer should receive annual screenings to pick up the disease earlier, a charity says. Breast Cancer Now funded a study which found cancers were detected sooner when 35 to 39-year-olds at risk had annual mammograms. NHS screening often starts at the age […]

Teen kickboxer Scott Marsden’s death ‘tragic fluke’

Teen kickboxer Scott Marsden’s death ‘tragic fluke’

Image caption Scott Marsden went to Forge Valley School and the head teacher said he was “very popular” and had a “bright sporting future” A 14-year-old kickboxer died when a blow to his chest caused cardiac arrest in a rare medical “fluke”, an inquest has heard. Scott Marsden, from Sheffield, collapsed during a kickboxing bout […]

Is young people’s mental health getting worse?

Is young people’s mental health getting worse?

Image copyright Newscast Online Poor mental health among children and young people has been described as an epidemic and an “escalating crisis”. The number of children seeking help from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Camhs) in England, has more than doubled over the past two years. But establishing how much of this represents an […]

Knife crime: 1,000 young victims hospitalised last year

Knife crime: 1,000 young victims hospitalised last year

Media captionPC Rob Pedley: “You’re carrying the county’s number one murder weapon” More than 1,000 10 to 19-year-olds were admitted to hospital with knife wounds in 2017/18. The figure, from NHS England, reveal a 54% rise in the number of children and teenagers treated for injuries from knives over five years. It comes as a […]

Beer before wine? It makes no difference to a hangover

Beer before wine? It makes no difference to a hangover

Media captionHangovers tips: Does mixing your drinks make a difference? “Beer before wine and you’ll feel fine, wine before beer and you’ll feel queer” – many of us may swear by this time-honoured tip when “mixing” our drinks. But a new study has refuted the idea that the order we have alcoholic drinks in affects […]

Mosquitoes ‘put off biting’ by human diet drugs

Mosquitoes ‘put off biting’ by human diet drugs

Image copyright Alexander L Wild Image caption Female mosquitoes are the only ones which bite humans – for a blood meal Scientists say they may have found a way to reduce the appetite of blood-hungry mosquitoes, by giving them human diet drugs. This left them feeling full and bloated and put them off biting, US […]

Instagram vows to remove all graphic self-harm images from site

Instagram vows to remove all graphic self-harm images from site

Media captionInstagram boss Adam Mosseri says he hopes new technology will help to flag images All graphic images of self-harm will be removed from Instagram, the head of the social media platform has told the BBC. The move comes after the father of 14-year-old Molly Russell, who took her own life in 2017, said Instagram […]