Staff shortages ‘abusing good will of nurses’

Image copyright Getty Images The good will of nurses in England is being abused by politicians who have failed to get to grips with a desperate shortage of staff, nurse leaders say. Royal College of Nursing general secretary Dame Donna Kinnair will call for safe staffing levels to be enshrined in law in a speech […]

Too many children in mental health hospitals, says report

Image copyright Getty Images Too many children in England are being admitted to mental health hospitals unnecessarily, according to a report. Research for the Children’s Commissioner for England found children were often unable to get appropriate support at school and in the community. This was contributing to children ending up in institutions, sometimes for months […]

Electrotherapy warning over bogus psychiatrist Zholia Alemi

Image copyright Cumbria Police Image caption Zholia Alemi was found guilty of four theft and fraud charges after a week-long trial last year A bogus psychiatrist who treated hundreds of patients in Scotland may have referred some for needless electro-convulsive therapy, Scotland’s chief medical officer has warned. Dr Catherine Calderwood said others may have been […]

Nicki Chapman praised for sharing tumour diagnosis

Image copyright Getty Images TV and radio presenter Nicki Chapman has been praised for speaking out about her recent brain tumour diagnosis and subsequent recovery from surgery. The 52-year-old, who was found to have a tumour “the size of a golf ball”, told the Daily Mail she was “petrified” but tried to “stay positive”. The […]

Spina bifida: Keyhole surgery repairs baby spine in womb

Image copyright King’s College Hospital In a UK first, doctors have used keyhole surgery to repair the spine of a baby with spina bifida while it was still inside the womb. Surgeons at King’s College Hospital say the procedure is not a cure, but could be the difference between some children learning to walk or […]

NHS ‘should not prescribe acne drug’

Image caption Ed Henthorn says the drug has “turned my life upside down” The parents of young people who have killed themselves and patients unable to have sex are calling for the NHS to stop prescribing acne drug Roaccutane. Ed Henthorn said it had caused him erectile dysfunction, psychosis and suicidal thoughts. And one man […]

Measles: Experts call for compulsory vaccination

Image copyright Jovanmandic Compulsory measles vaccinations for all children starting primary school may be needed to prevent a resurgence of the disease, experts say. Italian researchers believe the current voluntary programmes in countries like the UK will not be enough to curb outbreaks in the coming decades. They said vaccination rates had fallen because of […]

Bowel cancer rates rising ‘among young adults’

Image copyright Getty Images More young people under 50 are being diagnosed with bowel cancer, two studies of the disease in European and high-income countries have found. Although total numbers of cases in young people remain low, the studies highlighted a sharp rise in rates in 20 to 29-year-olds. Researchers are not clear why this […]

Ultra-processed foods ‘make you eat more’

Image copyright Getty Images Ultra-processed foods lead people to eat more and put on weight, the first trial to assess their impact suggests. Volunteers had every morsel of food they ate monitored for a month. And when given ultra-processed food, they ate 500 calories a day more than when they were given unprocessed meals. The […]

Cancer: Breakthrough treatments to target drug resistance

Image copyright Science Photo Library The world’s first drugs designed to stop cancer cells becoming resistant to treatment could be available within the next decade, scientists have said. A £75m investment to develop the drugs has been announced by the Institute for Cancer Research (ICR). Chief executive Prof Paul Workman said cancer’s ability to adapt […]

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