We’ve had no help – epilepsy drug victims

We’ve had no help – epilepsy drug victims

Image caption Emma Friedmann says her son was harmed by the valproate Families with children who have been harmed by the epilepsy drug sodium valproate are demanding a public inquiry and compensation, saying they have been left with no help. They voiced their anger outside a London hearing that is assessing if warnings for patients […]

Contaminated blood: Victims can launch court damages action

Contaminated blood: Victims can launch court damages action

Image copyright PA Victims of the contaminated blood scandal in the 1970s and 1980s have won a ruling allowing them to launch a High Court action to seek damages. It was “appropriate” to issue an order allowing about 500 claimants to seek compensation, a court official said. But lawyers for the Department of Health argued […]

Vegetative-state patient responds to therapy

Vegetative-state patient responds to therapy

Image copyright Corazzol et al Image caption Tests show the man’s brain activity before (L) and after (R) the treatment A man in France has regained some degree of consciousness after being in a vegetative state for 15 years. Doctors treated the 35-year-old, injured in a car accident, with an experimental therapy that involved implanting […]

Lack of secure mental health beds scandalous, says judge

Lack of secure mental health beds scandalous, says judge

Image caption In 2016, Boy Y was sent, by Norfolk County Council – which is responsible for his care – hundreds of miles away to a secure unit in Scotland A teenager who was a risk to himself and the public could not be found a secure mental health bed for a month in England, […]

Abortion referendum: Varadkar aims for summer poll

Abortion referendum: Varadkar aims for summer poll

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Recent years have seen demonstrations both for and against repealing the Eighth Amendment The Irish government has agreed an “indicative timeline” for a referendum on abortion legislation. The Eighth Amendment to the constitution, introduced in 1983, guarantees the equal right to life for the mother and the unborn. Irish Prime […]

Bath Spa University ‘blocks transgender research’

Bath Spa University ‘blocks transgender research’

Image copyright Getty Images A therapist says he is “astonished” by a university’s decision to stop him studying people who decide to reverse gender reassignment operations. James Caspian wanted to write a thesis on “detransition” as part of his master’s degree in counselling and psychotherapy at Bath Spa University. He said it was rejected by […]

£1.4m mental health project to help school pupils

£1.4m mental health project to help school pupils

Image copyright Getty Images Pupils who are showing early signs of anxiety, depression or self-harm will be able to receive specialist help at school. A pilot scheme is being launched in Wales where NHS staff will be on hand to give better mental health support. They can help spot problems early and ensure a child […]

Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes ‘cut herself daily’

Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes ‘cut herself daily’

Media captionDame Kelly revealed how multiple injuries caused intense self-doubt Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes has spoken of how she self-harmed as she struggled to overcome injuries she thought would end her career. Dame Kelly, who lives in Kent, won gold in the 800m and 1,500m competitions in Athens in 2004. She said just a […]

‘My baby is allergic to milk’

Tammy Morris says she felt like she was “on her own” when her baby Ila refused to breastfeed, and then had a severe allergic reaction to milk formula. It took several weeks for Ila to be diagnosed with cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA). Around 2% of babies have the allergy. Doctors say it can be […]

Abortion should not be a crime, says doctors’ body

Abortion should not be a crime, says doctors’ body

Image copyright SGO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Abortions should be treated as a medical issue and not a crime, the UK’s leading pregnancy doctors say. Currently in England, Wales and Scotland it is illegal to have a termination without approval from two doctors and could mean a prison term. Abortions should be regulated in line with other […]

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