‘I was denied cervical screening because of my disability’

‘I was denied cervical screening because of my disability’

Image copyright Kerry Image caption Kerry has muscular dystrophy and spent 10 years trying to organise cervical screening Women with physical disabilities often have to fight to access cervical screening, with some denied it altogether, a charity is warning. Some said they hadn’t had smear tests for years because hoists were unavailable and testing at […]

‘I found out I was HIV-positive at 12 years old’

‘I found out I was HIV-positive at 12 years old’

Image copyright @captain.frost Image caption Aloma Watson-Ratcliffe “came out” with her HIV status as part of a performance Aloma Watson-Ratcliffe was 12 years old when she found out she had contracted HIV from her mum. Now 20, she describes what it was like to deal with the condition as a child and how she learned […]

Beyoncé diet plan ‘could be dangerous’

Beyoncé diet plan ‘could be dangerous’

Image copyright Getty Images A diet endorsed by US pop singer Beyoncé “could be dangerous,” the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine has told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. Subscribers to the 22-day plan pay $14 (£11.50) to access plant-based recipes. But nutritionist Daniel O’Shaughnessy says the diet could lead to “nutritional deficiencies”. Beyoncé’s […]

NHS pensions row: Ministers act amid waiting list rise

NHS pensions row: Ministers act amid waiting list rise

Image copyright PA Media The government has come up with new proposals for England and Wales to end the row with doctors over pensions. Doctors had started refusing to do overtime shifts because they were being landed with bills after changes to the amount that can be accrued tax-free. Just weeks after ruling out reviewing […]

Edinburgh Children’s Hospital will cost a further £90m

Edinburgh Children’s Hospital will cost a further £90m

The project to build a new children’s hospital in Edinburgh will cost a further £90m. A new Audit Scotland report shows that £80m has been spent on “enabling and equipment works” at the site – beyond the deal with consortium IHSL. A further £11.6m was given to IHSL to end a contract dispute over construction […]

Hospitals in England set to receive £850m revealed

Hospitals in England set to receive £850m revealed

Image copyright EPA Twenty hospitals in England due to receive an extra £850m funding for upgrades to outdated facilities and new equipment have been revealed. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will formally announce the plans – part of NHS spending pledges totalling £1.8bn – at a Lincolnshire hospital on Monday. Projects the £850m will pay for […]

Alzheimer’s blood test ‘one step closer’

Alzheimer’s blood test ‘one step closer’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An accurate blood test could speed up research for drug treatments for dementia Researchers say they can accurately identify people on track to develop Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms appear, which could help the progress of drug trials. US scientists were able to use levels of a protein in the […]

Millions paid out for unused Sick Children’s Hospital in Edinburgh

Millions paid out for unused Sick Children’s Hospital in Edinburgh

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new hospital has faced a number of delays A health board is paying millions of pounds to a private consortium for a hospital it cannot use. The new children’s hospital in Edinburgh was due to open in July, but last-minute inspections found safety concerns over its ventilation systems. […]

AI may help to spot heart problems

AI may help to spot heart problems

Image copyright SPL A new way of identifying a common condition that causes the heart to beat irregularly may have been discovered by artificial intelligence. Atrial fibrillation affects one million people in the UK and increases the risk of stroke and long-term heart problems. It is relatively simple to diagnose when the heart is beating […]

Kidney condition detected in minutes by app

Kidney condition detected in minutes by app

Image caption A nurse shows a patient with acute kidney injury his blood test results on her phone A mobile phone app has speeded up the detection of a potentially fatal kidney condition in hospital patients. Staff describe the technology as a “potential lifesaver”, providing diagnoses in minutes instead of hours. Acute kidney injury is […]