Cancer fraudster ordered to pay back £1 after £15,000 deception

A woman who conned a business out of more than £14,000 after claiming to have terminal cancer has been ordered to pay back £1. Kelsey Whitehead’s employers loaned her £5,000 to fund private treatment and gave her almost £10,000 in sick pay. Whitehead, 38, shaved her hair and inserted a drip into her chest as […]

Prostate cancer blood test ‘helps target treatment’

Prostate cancer blood test ‘helps target treatment’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Blood tests could help target precision drugs at the right people with cancer Scientists have developed a blood test that could pick out which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from a new drug treatment. The test detects cancer DNA in the blood, helping doctors check whether […]

Sugary cereals named and shamed by Liverpool health bosses

Sugary cereals named and shamed by Liverpool health bosses

Image caption Kellogg’s Frosties contains 3.7 sugar cubes per 40g serving, Public Health Liverpool found Health officials have named and shamed what they say are the most sugary breakfast cereals. Some, including Kellogg’s Frosties and Coco Pops, contain three-and-a-half sugar cubes or more per 40g serving, Public Health Liverpool (PHL) found. A seven to 10-year-old’s […]

London fire: Some victims will be kept unconscious for days

London fire: Some victims will be kept unconscious for days

Image copyright Leon Neal/Getty Images Image caption Many people suffered the effects of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning Hospital doctors are keeping some casualties from the Grenfell Tower fire unconscious for several days to allow them to recover from the effects of smoke inhalation. Doctors are currently treating 24 casualties in four hospitals: 12 […]

Coconut oil ‘as unhealthy as beef fat and butter’

Coconut oil ‘as unhealthy as beef fat and butter’

Image copyright Magone/Getty Coconut oil is as unhealthy as beef dripping and butter, say US heart experts. It is packed with saturated fat which can raise “bad” cholesterol, says the American Heart Association in updated advice. Coconut oil is commonly sold as a health food and some claim the fat in it may be better […]

Heroic public sector staff deserve more pay – Hunt

Heroic public sector staff deserve more pay – Hunt

Image copyright Carl Court/Getty Images Image caption Nurses from St Thomas’ Hospital handed out blankets after the Westminster Bridge attack Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has indicated he will press the chancellor to give public sector staff more pay. He made the comments following a speech in which he praised the way NHS staff and the […]

‘Monumental U-turn’ on cancer drug

‘Monumental U-turn’ on cancer drug

Image copyright SPL A pioneering and life-extending drug repeatedly deemed too expensive will now be offered on the NHS in England. It is the result of a confidential deal between the health service and the drug company Roche. Kadcyla, the undiscounted cost of which had been £90,000 per patient, adds an average of six months […]

Scottish food watchdog wants ‘revolution’ on food sales

Scottish food watchdog wants ‘revolution’ on food sales

Image copyright Getty Images A “retail revolution” is needed to help people choose healthy options, a food watchdog has said. Food Standards Scotland (FSS) commissioned a report which calls for “radical steps” on the way food is displayed and promoted. FSS said Scottish obesity levels, currently 30%, are projected to rise to 40% by 2030. […]

Pregnant women smoking rates ‘concern’ in England

Pregnant women smoking rates ‘concern’ in England

Image copyright Thinkstock The reduction in smoking rates among pregnant women in England has slowed down in the past year, prompting concern from health charities. NHS figures show 10.5% of women currently smoke at the time of delivery – a drop of only 0.1% on last year. Over the same period, smoking rates among adults […]

Catch whooping cough and get £3,500

Catch whooping cough and get £3,500

Image copyright chrispecoraro/Getty How much money would it take to persuade you to be deliberately infected with whooping cough for the sake of medical science? Researchers at Southampton University are offering people up to £3,526 to take up the challenge. They want to make a better vaccine to protect babies, toddlers and vulnerable adults against […]

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