Coaching parents may reduce child’s obesity

Coaching parents may reduce child’s obesity

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Parents were advised food wasn’t always what a baby needed Changing the way that parents interact with their infants could help combat child obesity, a US study suggests. New mothers were offered ways of responding to babies’ needs, including avoiding comforting with food. By the age of three, children […]

Women doctors ‘best for female heart patients’

Women doctors ‘best for female heart patients’

Image copyright Getty Images Women who have a heart attack are more likely to survive if they are treated by a female doctor in hospital, a major US study suggests. An analysis of 580,000 heart attack cases over 19 years found 13.3% died after being treated by a man compared with 12% who were cared […]

NHS-funded homeopathic treatment to end in Bristol

NHS-funded homeopathic treatment to end in Bristol

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The British Homeopathic Association said it demonstrated a lack of long-term decision-making by NHS bosses The last place in England to offer publicly-funded homeopathy is to stop providing the practice on the NHS. Bristol’s clinical commissioning group (CCG) has decided to end NHS-funded homeopathic treatment except in exceptional circumstances. […]

Bid to end NHS-funded homeopathic treatment in Bristol

Bid to end NHS-funded homeopathic treatment in Bristol

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The British Homeopathic Association said it demonstrated a lack of long-term decision-making by NHS bosses The last place in England to offer publicly-funded homeopathy could stop providing the practice on the NHS. Bristol’s clinical commissioning group (CCG) is meeting to discuss ending NHS-funded homeopathic treatment except in exceptional circumstances. […]

The battle against skin-whitening cream

The battle against skin-whitening cream

Image caption YouTubers Mariam Omotunde and Arlene Dihoulou used skin-lightening cream when they were younger, without knowing about the health consequences High Street shops that were prosecuted for selling illegal skin-whitening creams are continuing to do so, the BBC has found. Trading Standards acknowledged “it’s a really big problem” and more could be done to […]

Safety concerns over websites selling prescription drugs

Safety concerns over websites selling prescription drugs

Media captionNicki and Eleanor both managed to buy prescription-only drugs through online doctor sites England’s healthcare regulator is calling for a change in the law to protect patients using online doctor sites selling prescription-only drugs. It comes after a BBC Panorama investigation exposed safety concerns relating to websites using doctors from companies based outside England. […]

Girls admitted to hospital for self-harming nearly doubles

Girls admitted to hospital for self-harming nearly doubles

Image copyright Kay Ska Image caption Kay says there’s still a lot of stigma around seeking help for self-harm Kay Ska self-harmed for two years and one of the reasons was because she didn’t know how to deal with her feelings “in a healthy way”. “I think it was just a lot of confusion, hormones […]

NHS England’s most senior GP resigns over anonymous online posts

NHS England’s most senior GP resigns over anonymous online posts

Image copyright PA England’s most senior GP has resigned after admitting he posted anonymous comments on an online medical forum. Dr Arvind Madan, director of primary care at NHS England, is thought to have posted with the name “Devil’sAdvocate”. It comes after a group of more than 8,000 GPs called for Dr Madan’s resignation, after […]

NHS told ‘offer transgender fertility treatment’ or face legal action

NHS told ‘offer transgender fertility treatment’ or face legal action

Image copyright Science Photo Library A watchdog is threatening NHS England with legal action if it does not begin offering fertility treatments to transgender patients as standard. Transitioning can lead to fertility loss, but many patients are not offered a chance to have eggs or sperm stored. The Equality and Human Rights Commission said this […]

Opt-out organ donation ‘in place by 2020’ for England

Opt-out organ donation ‘in place by 2020’ for England

Image copyright NHS Blood and Transplant A new opt-out system for organ donation will be in place by 2020 in England, if Parliament approves “Max’s Law”. Under the plans detailed by ministers, adults will be presumed to be organ donors unless they have specifically recorded their decision not to be. The government said it would […]