C-section births surge to ‘alarming’ rates worldwide – study

C-section births surge to ‘alarming’ rates worldwide – study

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Caesarean procedures can save lives – but can also risk them unnecessarily Doctors’ use of Caesarean section to deliver babies has nearly doubled in 15 years to reach “alarming” proportions in some countries, a study says. Rates surged from about 16 million births (12%) in 2000 to an estimated […]

Age boys start puberty ‘linked to mothers’

Age boys start puberty ‘linked to mothers’

Image copyright aldomurillo Image caption If a mother started puberty early, her son is more likely to, the study suggests The age at which boys begin puberty is linked to when their mothers started having periods, a study suggests. Mothers who started earlier than their peers had sons who had: • armpit hair two and […]

NHS waste scandal firm has been ‘vilified’, boss says

NHS waste scandal firm has been ‘vilified’, boss says

Image copyright Getty Images The boss of the firm at the centre of the NHS clinical waste scandal has hit back against claims of mismanagement. Garry Pettigrew, managing director of Healthcare Environmental Services, told the BBC his company had been “vilified for providing an excellent service”. The firm has been stripped of NHS contracts after […]

Doctors can prescribe medical cannabis from November in UK

Doctors can prescribe medical cannabis from November in UK

Image copyright Gareth Fuller/PA Wire Image caption Doctors will be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis after a change in the law Doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis products to patients from 1 November, the Home Secretary Sajid Javid says. The new regulations apply to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Mr Javid decided to […]

Same-sex mice have babies

Same-sex mice have babies

Image copyright Leyun Wang Image caption This adult mouse has two mums and no dad, was healthy and able to have healthy pups of her own Baby mice have been made with two mums and no dad, say researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It took a substantial feat of genetic engineering to break […]

Severe obesity four times more likely in poor primary schools

Severe obesity four times more likely in poor primary schools

Image copyright Getty Images Primary pupils in England’s poorest areas are four times more likely to be severely obese than in the wealthiest, according to the latest figures. Overall, the proportion of severely obese Year 6 pupils has risen from 3.6% in 2009-10 to 4.2% in 2017-18. Obese children are more likely to be bullied, […]

What works for treating children’s colds?

What works for treating children’s colds?

Image copyright Getty Images Children get six to eight colds a year – twice as many as adults – but there’s little evidence on what helps improve symptoms like blocked or runny noses and sneezing. So are there remedies worth trying? Pharmacies and supermarkets are full of cough and cold medicines which claim to relieve […]

NHS England staff must explain if they refuse to have flu jab

NHS England staff must explain if they refuse to have flu jab

Image caption Flu jabs are offered free of charge to all NHS staff Health workers in England who refuse to take up the offer of a free flu jab will be asked to explain why they do not want to be vaccinated. The measures have been introduced in an effort to cut sickness rates and […]

Public faces ‘care injustice’ as NHS struggles

Public faces ‘care injustice’ as NHS struggles

Image copyright Getty Images The public is facing a growing “care injustice” as people are finding it more difficult to get help in England, the regulator is warning. The Care Quality Commission highlighted growing hospital waiting lists, delays at A&E and record dissatisfaction levels with GPs in its annual report. Mental health and old-age care […]

‘Flexitarian’ diets key to feeding people in a warming world

‘Flexitarian’ diets key to feeding people in a warming world

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Increased production of fruit and vegetables will be needed if diets change If the world wants to limit climate change, water scarcity and pollution, then we all need to embrace “flexitarian” diets, say scientists. This means eating mainly plant-based foods, and is one of three key steps towards a […]