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 […]

Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England

Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Northern Ireland’s abortion law is much stricter than the rest of the UK The UK’s highest court has rejected an appeal by a mother and daughter in their legal battle for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England. The Supreme Court challenge centred […]

Aspirin ‘major bleed’ warning for over-75s

Aspirin ‘major bleed’ warning for over-75s

Image copyright Getty Images People over 75 taking daily aspirin after a stroke or heart attack are at higher risk of major – and sometimes fatal – stomach bleeds than previously thought, research in the Lancet shows. Scientists say that, to reduce these risks, older people should also take stomach-protecting PPI pills. But they insist […]

Drug that creates a ‘real sun-tan’ could prevent cancer

Drug that creates a ‘real sun-tan’ could prevent cancer

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have developed a drug that mimics sunlight to make the skin tan, with no damaging UV radiation involved. The drug tricks the skin into producing the brown form of the pigment melanin in tests on skin samples and mice. Evidence suggests it will work even on redheads, who normally just […]

Charlie Gard: European Court orders life support extension

Charlie Gard: European Court orders life support extension

Image copyright Featureworld Image caption Charlie Gard’s rare disease has left him unable to cry The parents of a terminally-ill baby have been given more time to put forward a legal case that he should be allowed to go to the US for treatment. Life-support for Charlie Gard must continue until midnight on Monday, the […]

‘Seductive names’ make vegetables more appealing

‘Seductive names’ make vegetables more appealing

Image copyright Paul_Brighton/Getty How do you get more people to eat their greens? Give vegetables seductive names, say US researchers. A team at Stanford tried it out on students in the university cafeteria and found veggie sales went up by 25% when indulgent labels were used. “Sizzlin’ beans”, “dynamite beets” and “twisted citrus-glazed carrots” tempted […]

Charlie Gard: Parents await European Court of Human Rights ruling

Charlie Gard: Parents await European Court of Human Rights ruling

Image copyright PA Image caption Charlie Gard has been in intensive care since October last year A final ruling will be made on the fate of a terminally ill baby boy whose parents want to take him to the US for treatment. Ten-month old Charlie Gard has a rare genetic condition and brain damage. Doctors […]

EU nurse applicants drop by 96% since Brexit vote

EU nurse applicants drop by 96% since Brexit vote

Image copyright Science Photo Library There has been a sharp drop in nurses registering to work in the UK since the EU referendum, figures suggest. Last July, 1,304 nurses from the EU joined the Nursing and Midwifery Council register, compared to 46 in April this year, a fall of 96%. The Health Foundation said the […]

Weight-related deaths can affect non-obese too

Weight-related deaths can affect non-obese too

Image copyright Getty Images You don’t have to be diagnosed as obese to be at risk of dying from illnesses related to excess weight, a global study suggests. Of the 4 million deaths attributed to being overweight in 2015, nearly 40% were not considered clinically obese. The study found more than 2 billion children and […]

Care worker zero-hours contracts tackled by Welsh Government

Care worker zero-hours contracts tackled by Welsh Government

Image copyright sturti/Getty Images Image caption There has already been a consultation on recruitment issues facing the care sector A planned curb on zero-hours contracts for thousands of care workers has been unveiled by the Welsh Government. Workers will be given the choice after three months whether they want to carry on with the arrangement […]