Statins ‘don’t work well for one in two people’

Statins ‘don’t work well for one in two people’

Image copyright Getty Images Cholesterol-lowering “statin” drugs taken by millions of Britons may not work well enough in about half of those prescribed them, research suggests. UK investigators looked at 165,000 patients on statins and found that for one in two, the drugs had too little effect on bad cholesterol – one of the big […]

Epilepsy charity calls for social media seizure warnings

Epilepsy charity calls for social media seizure warnings

Image copyright iStock Image caption Unlike TV programmes, social media platforms do not have to give warnings when potentially harmful flashing images are about to appear A growing number of people with epilepsy have said they are having seizures triggered by flashing images on social media, a charity has warned. The Epilepsy Society wants the […]

Sleep myths ‘damaging your health’

Sleep myths ‘damaging your health’

Image copyright Getty Images Widely held myths about sleep are damaging our health and our mood, as well as shortening our lives, say researchers. A team at New York University trawled the internet to find the most common claims about a good night’s kip. Then, in a study published in the journal Sleep Health, they […]

Artificial gravity tests could reduce muscle loss, say researchers

Artificial gravity tests could reduce muscle loss, say researchers

Image copyright EPA/SASCHA STEINBACH Image caption Twelve men and twelve women volunteers will take part in the research A machine which simulates the effects of gravity could reduce muscle wastage for patients in hospitals as well as astronauts on long missions. Tests will explore what happens when volunteers are spun daily on a human centrifuge […]

Free sanitary products plan extended to primary girls

Free sanitary products plan extended to primary girls

Free sanitary products will be offered to girls in all primary schools in England from early 2020. It follows Chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement last month of funding for free sanitary products in secondary schools and colleges. Amika George, founder of the #FreePeriods campaign, called the latest move “fantastic news”. Children and families minister Nadhim Zahawi […]

Spina bifida womb op baby back home in Essex

Spina bifida womb op baby back home in Essex

Image copyright Bethan Simpson Image caption Bethan Simpson said Elouise “came out literally kicking and screaming – and peeing all over the place – so she ticked all the boxes” A baby who had surgery on her spine while still in her mother’s womb is home with her family and “doing brilliantly”. Bethan Simpson, 26, […]

Measles cases triple globally in 2019, says UN

Measles cases triple globally in 2019, says UN

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The World Health Organization says the latest figures paint “an alarming picture” The number of measles cases reported worldwide in the first three months of 2019 has tripled compared with the same time last year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The UN body said provisional data indicated […]

Gene-silencing: ‘New class’ of medicine reverses disease porphyria

Gene-silencing: ‘New class’ of medicine reverses disease porphyria

Image copyright Sue Burrell Image caption Sue Burrell no longer has severe bouts of pain. Doctors have used a new type of medicine called “gene silencing” to reverse a disease that leaves people in crippling pain. The condition, acute intermittent porphyria, also causes paralysis and is fatal in some cases. The novel approach fine-tunes the […]

More GP appointments available due to success of pilot scheme

More GP appointments available due to success of pilot scheme

Image copyright Getty Images An NHS scheme that has enabled GP practices to free up more time for doctors to see their patients is to be extended following a successful pilot. NHS England said the Time For Care scheme, tried out at certain sites since 2016, should be in place in three-quarters of GP practices […]

Give women more consistent abortion service, NHS told

Give women more consistent abortion service, NHS told

Image copyright Getty Images Abortion services in England must provide a more consistent service to women, the NHS says. The call comes from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) – the official NHS advisory body – in its first abortion guidance. The draft proposal says women should be offered an appointment within […]