Son’s 200-mile London-Devon journey beats ambulance

Son’s 200-mile London-Devon journey beats ambulance

Image caption Mark Clements’ mother was left on a “cold conservatory floor” after breaking her hip A man who travelled nearly 200 miles to reach his injured mother arrived before an ambulance reached her. Mark Clements caught a bus, tube and two trains from London to Exmouth, Devon on Saturday after his 77-year-old mother fell […]

Dementia risk factors not known by half of population

Dementia risk factors not known by half of population

Image copyright Alex Wallace Half of UK adults cannot identify any key risk factors for dementia, according to a study by Alzheimer’s Research UK. The charity surveyed 2,361 people and found that only 1% were able to name the seven known risk or protective factors for dementia. The six risk factors are heavy drinking, genetics, […]

Katie Price considers residential care for disabled son Harvey

Katie Price considers residential care for disabled son Harvey

Media captionKatie Price says her son Harvey, who has disabilities, smashed windows, TVs and iPads Katie Price has said she may have to move her disabled teenage son Harvey into residential care as her family finds it harder to cope. The disability rights campaigner and mother-of-five said Harvey, who is 16, sometimes scares her other […]

‘Xanax’ linked to more than 200 deaths

‘Xanax’ linked to more than 200 deaths

Image copyright Family photo Image caption Kyle Remzi, a computer science student at Essex University, died aged 20 after an overdose in 2017 At least 204 deaths have been linked to the misuse of anxiety drug Xanax in the UK since 2015, figures seen by the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme reveal. Of these, there were […]

‘X-factor’ golf swing linked to back pain

‘X-factor’ golf swing linked to back pain

Image copyright Getty Images Striving for a supercharged golf swing could play havoc with your back, according to US doctors. The modern “X-factor” swing favoured by many professionals may hit balls harder and further but it can also put extra strain on the spine, the Barrow Neurological Institute experts say. They look at the example […]

Carers quitting jobs from pressure

Carers quitting jobs from pressure

Image caption Terry has given up his job in London and moved to Monmouth to look after his 92-year-old father More than 600 people a day leave their jobs because of the demands of being a carer, says research from a charity. The pressures of looking after an elderly, ill or disabled relative have made […]

Fake Xanax: Anxiety drug deaths an ‘escalating crisis’

Fake Xanax: Anxiety drug deaths an ‘escalating crisis’

Image copyright Tictoc Image caption The US-style bar-shaped version of the drug is the form that is most commonly traded among teenagers – like this group, there are many counterfeit versions The coroner for Northern Ireland has called the rising number of deaths linked to fake versions of the anti-anxiety drug, Xanax, “an escalating crisis”. […]

‘Deadlock must end’ over cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi

‘Deadlock must end’ over cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi

Media captionLuis tells the Victoria Derbyshire programme: “I wish I could just have a normal life” The government must use its powers to break a deadlock in making a life-extending drug available to people with cystic fibrosis, campaigners say. Vertex, which makes Orkambi, has refused a £500m offer for the drug over five years – […]

Which countries eat the most meat?

Which countries eat the most meat?

Image copyright Getty Images You may have heard an increasing number of people vow to reduce their meat eating lately – or cut it out altogether. This often forms part of a bid to become healthier, reduce their environmental impact, or consider animal welfare. A third of Britons claim to have either stopped eating meat […]

Scottish researchers find 100 genes linked to depression

Scottish researchers find 100 genes linked to depression

Image caption A study led by Scottish researchers has found more than 100 genes linked to depression An international study led by the University of Edinburgh has discovered more than 100 genes linked to depression. Experts studied data from two million people in 20 countries. They found genetic variations affected nerve connections in the parts […]