India swine flu death toll rises above 1,000 this year

India swine flu death toll rises above 1,000 this year

Image copyright AFP Image caption 2016 saw a dip in recorded deaths and affected cases, but this year they have risen. India appears to be in the grip of a swine flu outbreak with 1,094 recorded deaths over the past eight months, said an official report on Wednesday. The last three weeks have seen the […]

Health service savings consultation launched

Health service savings consultation launched

Image copyright PA Image caption Public meetings were held by Northern Ireland’s five health trusts on Thursday Health trusts have unveiled £70m of cost-saving proposals that the public will have the opportunity to respond to in the coming weeks. The public consultation of saving plans is an unprecedented move for trusts. The five trusts have […]

Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals’ merger moves a step closer

Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals’ merger moves a step closer

Image caption Ipswich and Colchester trusts are already under a single chief executive Two hospital trusts in the East of England have moved a step closer to integrating clinical services. The NHS trust boards of Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals have voted to develop plans for a single combined organisation to care for patients. The two […]

Green man road crossings ‘too fast’

Green man road crossings ‘too fast’

Image copyright Getty Images The green man walking sign on pedestrian crossings may be too fast for elderly people to cross the road safely, suggest new draft guidelines for local councils. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence wants to make it easier for people with limited mobility to get out and about. Most […]

Johnson & Johnson faces $417m payout in latest talc case

Johnson & Johnson faces $417m payout in latest talc case

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Johnson & Johnson said the safety of talc was supported by decades of scientific evidence Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $417m (£323.4m) to a woman who says she developed ovarian cancer after using products such as baby powder. The California jury’s decision marks the largest award […]

HIV home-testing kits warning

HIV home-testing kits warning

Image copyright Getty Images People should not use the Hightop HIV/Aids Home Test Kit, the medicines regulator has warned. It has seized 114 of the kits, which could be giving out unreliable results, from two suppliers in the UK. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) advises anyone who has used one in the […]

Matt Dawson’s life changed by a tick bite

Matt Dawson’s life changed by a tick bite

Media captionThe former England rugby player tells 5 live that having Lyme Disease was “seriously debilitating” When former England rugby player Matt Dawson was bitten by a tick in a London park early last year, it caused a bacterial infection to spread through his body. “I had two days where I felt awful. Very feverish, […]

‘Safer’ Down’s syndrome test to be introduced in Wales

‘Safer’ Down’s syndrome test to be introduced in Wales

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Amniocentesis increases the risk of having a miscarriage A safer and more accurate test for Down’s syndrome is to be introduced for pregnant mothers in Wales, the Welsh Government has announced. Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) will be offered from 2018. The decision by the Welsh Government follows moves in […]

Solar eclipse 2017: What you need to know

Solar eclipse 2017: What you need to know

Media captionEclipse-chasing couple ready for backyard blackout On 21 August, more than seven million people across the US are expected to witness the first total solar eclipse to cross the North American continent from ocean to ocean since 1918. Due in part to some cosmic geometry, the Moon will momentarily obscure the Sun and cast […]

Stephen Hawking: I’m worried about the future of the NHS

Stephen Hawking: I’m worried about the future of the NHS

Image copyright BBC/Richard Ansett Stephen Hawking says he is worried about the future of the NHS, attacking the impact of government policies and the health secretary in person. In a speech on Saturday, the Cambridge University scientist is expected to accuse Jeremy Hunt of “cherry-picking” evidence to support his policies. And he will also say […]