Menstrual cups ‘as reliable as tampons’

Image copyright Getty Images Women can be assured that menstrual cups are as leakproof as tampons and pads, say researchers who have carried out the first, large scientific review of sanitary products. Menstrual cups collect rather than absorb period blood. They fit into the vagina but, unlike tampons, are reusable. Although they have been gaining […]

Tafida Raqeeb: Parents bid to get daughter treated in Italy

Image copyright Family Handout Image caption Tafida Raqeeb’s mother said her daughter was “completely healthy” before her sudden brain injury The parents of a five-year-old girl in a coma have begun a legal challenge after doctors said it was in her best interests to be allowed to die. Royal London Hospital doctors have said there […]

Dementia: Lifestyle changes that could lower your risk

Image copyright Getty Images Nearly everyone can lower their risk of dementia, even if it runs in the family, by living a healthy lifestyle, research suggests. The study of nearly 200,000 people showed the risk fell by up to a third. The team at the University of Exeter said the results were exciting, empowering and […]

Does 5G pose health risks?

Image copyright Getty Images The 5G mobile network has been switched on in some UK cities and has led to questions about whether the new technology poses health risks. So what are the concerns, and is there any evidence to back them up? What’s different about 5G? As with previous cellular technologies, 5G networks rely […]

Ministers may advise on how much sleep people need

Image copyright Damir Khabirov / Getty Images Image caption The report suggests many adults could be risking their health due to a lack of sleep Ministers are reportedly planning to issue guidance on how much sleep people should be getting every night. The recommendations are expected as part of a series of proposals aimed at […]

Emerade adrenaline pens: Warning over faulty allergy injectors

Allergy patients are being warned of a potential fault with Emerade adrenaline pens. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said some have blocked needles, so cannot deliver adrenaline. Around two in every 1,000 pens are thought to be affected. Patients are advised to follow the existing advice to carry two pens at all […]

Babies ‘don’t need tongue-tie surgery to feed’

Image copyright Getty Images Babies with tongue-ties rarely need surgery to help them feed, a US study suggests. It found two-thirds of babies referred for the procedure did not need it and were able to feed with other support. Tongue-tie occurs when the strip of skin connecting the tongue and the floor of the mouth […]

More patients ‘struggling to reach GP on phone’

Image copyright Getty Images Growing numbers of people in England are struggling to get hold of their GP, a survey suggests. One in three reported it was not easy with a similar number also not happy with the appointment times available when they did get through. But the survey of more than 770,000 people also […]

‘Amazing’ gene-silencing drugs reach NHS

Image caption Vincent and Neil Nicholas are both taking gene silencing medicines. A new form of medicine called “gene-silencing” has been approved for use by the NHS in England. The drugs will be used to reverse a disease called amyloidosis, which causes nerve and organ damage. It can be fatal. Vince Nicholas, whose twin brother […]

HPV vaccine for boys ‘will prevent thousands of cancers’

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Jamie had treatment for a form of throat cancer, which left him unable to talk for months Health officials say the HPV vaccine for 12 to 13-year-old boys, starting after the summer, will prevent 29,000 cancers in UK men in the next 40 years. The boys will be eligible from […]

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