Heatwave causes spike in insect bite calls to NHS

Media captionThe horsefly slices a small cut in your skin and soaks up the blood Although many of us are enjoying the balmy temperatures of this year’s heatwave, unfortunately for some, biting insects are flourishing too. Calls to the NHS helpline 111 about insect bites are almost double the rate they normally are at this […]

The eye doctor who could not see the stars

Media captionHow an app gave a boy his sight back For many years, Dr Andrew Bastawrous could not see clearly enough to spot the leaves on trees or the stars in the sky. Teachers kept telling him he was lazy and he kept missing the football during games. Then, aged 12, his mother took him […]

Seven-year-old granted cannabis licence

Image copyright Gibson family Image caption Sophia Gibson from Newtownards, County Down has Dravet Syndrome A seven-year-old girl who suffers with a rare genetic condition has been granted a license for medicinal cannabis. Sophia Gibson, from Newtownards, County Down suffers with Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. The condition is caused by a rare […]

Mencap wins ‘unaffordable’ overnight back pay appeal

Image copyright Getty Images The charity Mencap has won an appeal against rulings that meant they and other care providers would have to fund back pay for overnight care workers. Providers of care for people with serious learning disabilities argued that they could not afford a bill of around £400 million. They said smaller employers […]

Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.7bn damages in talc cancer case

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Johnson & Johnson says the safety of its talcum powder is supported by decades of scientific evidence Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $4.7bn (£3.6bn) in damages to 22 women who alleged that its talc products caused them to develop ovarian cancer. A jury in the US […]

Mental health: Wait for therapy added to teen’s anxiety

Media captionNaomi Lea’s long wait for therapy came amid huge pressure on mental health services for young people When she was 15, Naomi Lea was suffering up to 10 panic attacks a day and self-harming. Struggling with the pressure of social media and anxious about exams, she felt isolated and scared. After calling ChildLine, she […]

Peter Baldwin: Type 1 diabetes test backed after boy’s death

Image copyright Diabetes UK Cymru Image caption The Baldwin family have campaigned for change in Peter’s memory Routine screening for type 1 diabetes in children and young people should be introduced to put a stop to preventable deaths, a report says. Early identification is key to tackling the sometimes fatal condition, a Welsh assembly committee […]

‘Virtual reality cured my fear of heights’

Image copyright Fay Nugent Image caption Fay celebrating her achievement at a rooftop bar Fay Nugent developed a fear of heights in her 30s. “It began after I went on a girls’ weekend away,” she says. “We had gone on an adventure activity called a tree-top walk. “I managed to climb up to do it […]

Emerging sex disease MG ‘could become next superbug’

Image copyright Getty Images A little known sexually transmitted infection could become the next superbug unless people become more vigilant, experts are warning. Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) often has no symptoms but can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can leave some women infertile. MG can be missed – and if it is not treated correctly, it […]

Stopping type 1 diabetes from birth

Image copyright Getty Images Experts believe they may have found a way to prevent high risk babies from developing type 1 diabetes. The idea is to train infants’ immune systems by giving them powdered insulin to offer life-long protection. Insulin is the hormone that controls blood sugar, which goes awry in diabetes. Pregnant women visiting […]

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