Scarlet fever cases hit 50-year high in England

Scarlet fever cases hit 50-year high in England

Image copyright Getty Images Scarlet fever hit its highest level in England for 50 years, with more than 17,000 cases reported in 2016 – research in the Lancet shows. The disease has been on the rise since 2014, but experts have so far failed to find a reason for the recent increase. Doctors are urging […]

‘Third of mothers’ experience mental health issues

‘Third of mothers’ experience mental health issues

Image caption Lauren Doyle suffered PTSD after having her first daughter Ava More than a third of mothers have experienced mental health issues related to parenthood, according to an online survey of 1,800 British parents by the BBC Radio 5 live and YouGov. The study revealed that, in comparison, 17% of fathers had experienced similar […]

Care workers ‘exhausted’ by staff shortage

Care workers ‘exhausted’ by staff shortage

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Care workers have told a BBC investigation they are “physically and mentally exhausted” A care worker in Northern Ireland has said she feels like a “workhorse” because a shortage of staff means she often has to work 80 hours a week. Her comments follow a BBC investigation into the […]

Vaginal mesh operations should be banned, says NICE

Vaginal mesh operations should be banned, says NICE

Image caption The mesh is made of polypropolene – the same material used to make certain drinks bottles The health watchdog NICE is to recommend that vaginal mesh operations should be banned from treating organ prolapse in England, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show has learned. Draft guidelines from NICE say the implants should only be […]

Give child ‘super-spreaders’ flu vaccine, say experts

Give child ‘super-spreaders’ flu vaccine, say experts

Image copyright Getty Images Children should be given the flu vaccine before Christmas to prevent them putting older relatives at risk of infection, NHS bosses have warned. Doctors say the virus can spread more easily at schools and nurseries, which puts grandparents and others at risk of getting ill over the festive season. Those with […]

NHS watchdog staff ‘told not to criticise’ Welsh Government

NHS watchdog staff ‘told not to criticise’ Welsh Government

Image copyright Getty Images Staff working for Wales’ community health councils have been told by senior colleagues not to criticise or embarrass the Welsh Government over plans to scrap the independent watchdogs, BBC Wales has learned. Ministers have consulted on replacing CHCs with one organisation. One CHC member told BBC’s Sunday Politics Wales their council’s […]

Home Office review over harassment at abortion clinics

Home Office review over harassment at abortion clinics

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In October, Ealing councillors voted in favour of banning protesters from gathering outside an abortion clinic New laws could be introduced to protect women from harassment outside abortion clinics, the Home Office has said. An assessment of protests held outside clinics has been ordered by the home secretary, following […]

‘The seizures have got more frequent and more violent’

‘The seizures have got more frequent and more violent’

Image caption Kiley, Katie and Rob Lay “It’s really frightening. You think ‘is she going to be ok or do I have to phone for an ambulance again?’. “What’s she going to be like when she comes round? It’s a daily struggle”. Kiley Lay’s daughter Katie suffers from epilepsy. The 17-year-old from Essex has had […]

Women have 1.9 children on average, a record low

Women have 1.9 children on average, a record low

Image copyright Getty Images Women in England and Wales are having 1.9 children on average, fewer than their mothers who had 2.2 offspring, according to the Office for National Statistics. That’s a small decrease but the lowest level on record and continues the downward trend of the past few years. The decline is in part […]

Avatar therapy ‘reduces power of schizophrenia voices’

Avatar therapy ‘reduces power of schizophrenia voices’

Media captionHow avatar therapy is helping people stand up to schizophrenic voices by giving them a face Confronting an avatar on a computer screen helped patients hearing voices to cope better with hallucinations, a UK trial has found. Patients who received this therapy became less distressed and heard voices less often compared with those who […]