NHS parking charges: Hospitals made £174m in a year

NHS parking charges: Hospitals made £174m in a year

Image copyright PA Image caption Hospitals in England collected more than £174m in car parking fees in the last year Hospitals in England made a record £174m last year in charging for parking, an investigation has found. The figure for 2016-17 was 6% up on the previous financial year, data collected by the Press Association […]

Why spending time outdoors could help your child’s eyesight

Why spending time outdoors could help your child’s eyesight

Image copyright Getty Images Kids seem to spend endless hours on smartphones, games consoles, computers and tablets these days. Playing on electronic devices certainly doesn’t help their waistlines, but do you ever wonder what regular device use is doing to their eyesight? While there isn’t much research out there yet about the impact of screens […]

Myanmar Rohingya crisis: UK medics to help tackle diphtheria

Myanmar Rohingya crisis: UK medics to help tackle diphtheria

A team of British medical staff is travelling to Bangladesh to help tackle an outbreak of diphtheria affecting Rohingya Muslim refugee camps. The first of more than 40 doctors, nurses and firefighters are on their way to Cox’s Bazar – at the request of the World Health Organization. Cox’s Bazar is home to more than […]

Are surgery weight restrictions on the rise?

Are surgery weight restrictions on the rise?

Image copyright Getty Images Most overweight patients in England face being denied surgery, even when this goes against national guidelines on clinical best practice. The Reality Check team asked the 213 local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), responsible for planning and buying healthcare services, in England whether they limited funding for surgery on the basis of […]

‘My restless legs were like bees biting under my skin’

‘My restless legs were like bees biting under my skin’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Restless legs at night can be very disruptive and unpleasant For years, Mary Rose struggled to get off to sleep or to stay asleep, because she felt like she was being attacked by insects. “Imagine having a swarm of bees buzzing inside the skin of your legs, biting you,” […]

Breakthroughs put diseases on the back foot

Breakthroughs put diseases on the back foot

Image copyright James Gallagher Image caption Peter has Huntington’s disease and his siblings Sandy and Frank also have the gene It has been a remarkable year of promise in medical science. Incurable diseases from sickle cell to haemophilia now look as though they can be treated. Here are the highlights. Huntington’s The defect that causes […]

Parents with cancer at Christmas: ‘It’s exhausting’

Parents with cancer at Christmas: ‘It’s exhausting’

Image copyright Emma Young Image caption Emma Young (centre) said she holds in her emotions at Christmas for her children For Emma Young, Christmas is a time tinged with sadness – not that she will show it to her three children. The 39-year-old was diagnosed in 2014 with incurable cancer in her breast and bones. […]

Turkey blunder ‘a potential dementia sign’

Turkey blunder ‘a potential dementia sign’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption You did turn it on, didn’t you? Forgetting to turn on the oven for the Christmas turkey could be a sign of early dementia in a loved one, says the NHS’s top dementia expert. Prof Alistair Burns said becoming confused in a strange house and forgetting relatives’ names may […]

Winter flu: Should we expect the worst?

Winter flu: Should we expect the worst?

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Each flu season is different and very difficult to predict but having a vaccine is still recommended Now the flu season is upon us, should we expect the worst? If speculation based on the recent flu outbreak in Australia is to be believed, then yes. But are these […]

MOBO choir sings for sickle cell disease

A choir founded by MOBO and the NHS is promoting blood donation by singing at London’s St Pancras station. The singers have, or know someone with, sickle cell disease. MOBO choir sings for sickle cell disease

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