Bath Spa University ‘blocks transgender research’

Bath Spa University ‘blocks transgender research’

Image copyright Getty Images A therapist says he is “astonished” by a university’s decision to stop him studying people who decide to reverse gender reassignment operations. James Caspian wanted to write a thesis on “detransition” as part of his master’s degree in counselling and psychotherapy at Bath Spa University. He said it was rejected by […]

£1.4m mental health project to help school pupils

£1.4m mental health project to help school pupils

Image copyright Getty Images Pupils who are showing early signs of anxiety, depression or self-harm will be able to receive specialist help at school. A pilot scheme is being launched in Wales where NHS staff will be on hand to give better mental health support. They can help spot problems early and ensure a child […]

Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes ‘cut herself daily’

Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes ‘cut herself daily’

Media captionDame Kelly revealed how multiple injuries caused intense self-doubt Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes has spoken of how she self-harmed as she struggled to overcome injuries she thought would end her career. Dame Kelly, who lives in Kent, won gold in the 800m and 1,500m competitions in Athens in 2004. She said just a […]

‘My baby is allergic to milk’

Tammy Morris says she felt like she was “on her own” when her baby Ila refused to breastfeed, and then had a severe allergic reaction to milk formula. It took several weeks for Ila to be diagnosed with cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA). Around 2% of babies have the allergy. Doctors say it can be […]

Abortion should not be a crime, says doctors’ body

Abortion should not be a crime, says doctors’ body

Image copyright SGO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Abortions should be treated as a medical issue and not a crime, the UK’s leading pregnancy doctors say. Currently in England, Wales and Scotland it is illegal to have a termination without approval from two doctors and could mean a prison term. Abortions should be regulated in line with other […]

New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

Image copyright SPL Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates. It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus – making it harder for HIV to resist its effects. The work is a collaboration between the US National Institutes of Health and the […]

Epilepsy drug warnings ‘not reaching women’, survey shows

Epilepsy drug warnings ‘not reaching women’, survey shows

Media captionThe dangers of taking an epilepsy drug during pregnancy are “not taken seriously” says Susan Cole Almost 70% of women surveyed about a powerful epilepsy drug have not received new safety warnings about the dangers of taking it during pregnancy, the BBC has been told exclusively. Sodium valproate, known as Epilim, carries a 10% […]

Mental health staff on long-term stress leave up 22%

Mental health staff on long-term stress leave up 22%

Image copyright PA Image caption Some trusts saw the number of staff taking long-term leave double in five years The number of NHS mental health staff who have had to take sick leave because of their own mental health issues has risen by 22% in the past five years. Those taking long-term leave of a […]

Loneliness: The cost of the ‘last taboo’

Loneliness: The cost of the ‘last taboo’

Media captionDerek Taylor, 90, wrote tips on tackling loneliness, which have now been published Researchers have put a financial price on an “epidemic of loneliness” – estimating it costs £6,000 per person in health costs and pressure on local services. But the London School of Economics study of older people says for every £1 spent […]

Epilepsy drug’s safety reviewed over pregnancy risk

Epilepsy drug’s safety reviewed over pregnancy risk

Image caption About 20,000 babies have been left with disabilities in the UK since the 1970s Women whose children have been harmed by the epilepsy drug sodium valproate will give evidence to a European-wide safety review in London next week. The European Medicines Agency will examine whether warnings about risks to unborn babies are strong […]