‘Miracle’ six-day-old baby survives Ebola

‘Miracle’ six-day-old baby survives Ebola

Image copyright Ministere de la Sante RDC Image caption Baby Benedicte’s mother, who had Ebola, died during childbirth A baby girl who was diagnosed with Ebola when she was only six days old has survived, health officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have confirmed. Baby Benedicte’s mother was infected with Ebola and died […]

Breast cancer screening error ‘overstated’

Breast cancer screening error ‘overstated’

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY An independent review of breast screening in England has found that confusion and misunderstanding were behind an announcement in May that hundreds of thousands of women had missed out on final scans. Jeremy Hunt, then health secretary, said that 450,000 women aged 68-71 were affected because of a computer error. […]

Why did Rachel Johnston die after having all her teeth removed?

Why did Rachel Johnston die after having all her teeth removed?

Image copyright Diane Johnston Image caption Rachel Johnston collapsed after being discharged from hospital A disabled woman died after having all her teeth removed by a dentist at an NHS trust criticised for its “drastic” full extractions from other vulnerable patients. Rachel Johnston underwent the operation after it was deemed necessary because of severe tooth […]

Meat or two veg? Find out your food’s climate footprint

Meat or two veg? Find out your food’s climate footprint

Avoiding meat and dairy products is one of the biggest ways to reduce your environmental impact, according to recent scientific studies. But what is the difference between beef and chicken? Does a bowl of rice produce more climate warming greenhouse gases than a plate of chips? Is wine more environmentally friendly than beer? To find […]

Overweight patient denied NHS operation by York CCG

Overweight patient denied NHS operation by York CCG

Image copyright LDRS Image caption Roland Crooke was in “huge pain” when he was denied surgery A hip replacement patient took an £11,500 loan to pay for an operation after the NHS postponed treatment due to his weight. Roland Crooke was in “huge pain” when he was denied surgery by Vale of York Clinical Commissioning […]

Hospitals ‘overcrowding risk’ ahead of Christmas

Hospitals ‘overcrowding risk’ ahead of Christmas

Image copyright Getty Images Hospitals in England are so overcrowded ahead of Christmas care is being put at risk, experts say, with some places having to turn away ambulances because they cannot accept any more patients. NHS England’s first weekly report of the winter shows nearly 95% of beds are occupied. Anything above 85% is […]

Lack of evidence for teething gels, medicines regulator says

Lack of evidence for teething gels, medicines regulator says

Image copyright Getty Images There is little evidence teething gels containing an anaesthetic are effective at easing pain, the medicines regulator has said. The gels for children and babies are available in High Street shops. But from next year those containing lidocaine – the anaesthetic used in many gels – will be available only in […]

Sit-down meals ‘less healthy than fast-food’

Sit-down meals ‘less healthy than fast-food’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Only one in 10 restaurant meals analysed was classed as healthy or fewer than 600kcal The calorie content of meals in UK restaurants is “excessive” and sit-down restaurants are unhealthier than fast-food chains, BMJ research suggests. Health experts say meals should not exceed 600 calories, but in this study […]

Organ donors to be asked if they are religious

Organ donors to be asked if they are religious

Image copyright Getty Images People who join the NHS’s UK organ donation register are to be asked if they want their religious beliefs to be considered in the donation process. The question aims to reassure people that donation can take place in line with their faith or beliefs. It is hoped the measure can help […]

Norovirus: Children banned from Northumbria hospital visits

Norovirus: Children banned from Northumbria hospital visits

Image copyright Google Image caption The restrictions come into force at nine hospitals, including North Tyneside General Hospital, on Friday Children under 12 are being banned from visiting patients in nine hospitals as part of a raft of restrictions to fight rising rates of norovirus. Northumbria Healthcare said the restrictions should stop the illness reaching […]

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