Global fight against killer diseases seeks £11bn

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Malaria cases are rising, after years of steady declines A key fund which finances the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria is seeking fresh investment worth £11bn. The French President Emmanuel Macron is launching the latest round to replenish the Global Fund in Paris. It is being called “a […]

Royal Marsden’s leading cancer expert Martin Gore dies

Image copyright The Royal Marsden Tributes have been paid to one of the world’s leading oncologists, who has died at the age of 67. Martin Gore was a professor at the Institute of Cancer Research and also worked at the Royal Marsden Hospital. The Duke of Cambridge once described him as an inspiration, and the […]

Prep: The battle to access ‘game-changing’ HIV drug

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prep reduces the risk of HIV-negative people acquiring the infection A “game-changing” drug in the fight against HIV reduces the risk of acquiring the condition. But those at high risk of contracting the virus have struggled to get hold of the medication, despite the NHS trialling it across England. […]

Quadruple amputee given double hand transplant

Media captionCorinne says she is thrilled A woman from Renfrewshire who had been waiting for a double hand transplant for five years has successfully undergone the surgery. Quadruple amputee Corinne Hutton, from Lochwinnoch, went through a 12-hour procedure at Leeds General Infirmary. The news was announced by the charity Finding Your Feet, which the 47-year-old […]

Some HRT tablets ‘linked to higher blood clot risk’

Image copyright Getty Images Women taking certain types of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) tablets could be more at risk from serious blood clots – although the overall risk is low, BMJ research suggests. It found tablets containing equine oestrogen were linked with a slightly higher risk than other tablets. And patches and gels for HRT […]

Cheap common drugs may help mental illness

Image copyright Getty Images Cheap and widely used drugs for diabetes and heart health have potential for treating severe mental illness, a study hints. It showed the number of times patients needed hospital treatment fell by up to a fifth when they took the drugs. The researchers at University College London say their findings have […]

Super-gonorrhoea spread causes ‘deep concern’

Image copyright Getty Images Two women in the UK have been infected with super-gonorrhoea, sparking deep concern from sexual health doctors. A European “party destination” is one line of inquiry and health officials are trying to contact subsequent sexual partners in the UK. Both women have since been cured of their infections, which were resistant […]

Sponge offers hope of ‘less toxic’ chemotherapy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chemotherapy is a treatment for cancer that saves lives but it can also lead to severe side-effects Scientists believe they may have found a way to make cancer chemotherapy treatment less toxic to the body. They have begun testing a tiny sponge that sits inside a vein and removes […]

PM’s pledge to baby Carter Cookson needing heart transplant

Media captionCarter Cookson: Boy needs new heart within five weeks Theresa May has promised a health minister will look into the case of a baby given weeks to live. Carter Cookson, from South Shields, has suffered three cardiac arrests since being born on Boxing Day and needs a heart transplant within five weeks. Carter’s parents […]

Sexual assault forensics centres failing some victims

Image copyright Thinkstock Young victims of sexual assault are not being forensically examined within a critical time period at some privately-run referral centres, a BBC investigation has found. Doctors also told the BBC they had seen cases of incorrect recordings of injuries and evidence contamination. Victims’ Commissioner Baroness Newlove said the “failings” were “shocking”. NHS […]