Prostate cancer spit test is trialled

Image copyright BackyardProduction A spit test to detect men at increased risk of prostate cancer has started early trials. The new DNA test looks for high-risk genes that are thought to affect one in every 100 men. Three hundred men are taking part in the trials, from three London GP surgeries. Developing better diagnostic tests […]

New measures to protect doctors after Bawa-Garba case

Image copyright PA Image caption Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba (R) was struck off following an appeal by the doctors’ regulator New measures designed to improve patient safety and protect doctors and nurses when mistakes are made, are to be announced by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. It comes after concerns were raised following the case of […]

Hospital stays and appointments ‘for essential care only’

Image caption The idea is that de-cluttering hospitals of non-essential care will make access to treatment a lot quicker for patients who really need it Patients should only go to hospital when it is “essential” and more care should be provided in communities or at home, the Welsh Government has said. It is part of […]

Tea towels ‘can cause food poisoning’

Image copyright Getty Images Multi-use of tea towels is putting households at risk of food poisoning, research suggests. Scientists from the University of Mauritius examined 100 towels that had been used for a month. They found E.coli was more likely to be found on towels used for multiple jobs, such as wiping utensils and cleaning […]

NHS staff vote for 6.5% pay deal

Image copyright PA More than one million NHS workers in England will receive a three-year pay deal worth 6.5% after staff voted in favour of the offer. Hospital cleaners, nurses, security guards, physiotherapists, emergency call handlers, paramedics, midwives, radiographers and other NHS staff across England will receive the rise. They should now get the money […]

Birthday Honours 2018: Health workers honoured in NHS 70th year

Image copyright NHS Image caption Prof Sue Hill has been made a dame and Yvonne Coghill director of race equality at the NHS has been given a CBE In the 70th year since the foundation of the NHS, health workers make up one in eight of people recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. More […]

Premature birth test being trialled

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists are trialling a blood test that may predict whether a pregnant woman will give birth prematurely. Preliminary results, published in the journal Science, suggest it is accurate in up to 80% of high-risk women. The team, at Stanford University, in the US, say it is also as accurate as ultra-sound […]

The children who hear ‘terrifying’ voices

Media captionLaura Moulding first started hearing voices aged three One in 12 children is thought to persistently hear voices that are not there. Sometimes they tell them they are worthless. Now new research suggests the reaction of adults can affect the voices they hear in future. “It’s like being in a crowded room. All you […]

PM to give ‘significant’ cash to the NHS

Image copyright PA The NHS will receive a “significant increase” in its budget to coincide with the service’s 70th birthday, the health secretary has said. In an interview with the Guardian, Jeremy Hunt said Prime Minister Theresa May was “unbelievably committed” to “sustainable funding increases”. However, it is understood that the deal is still far […]

Holidaymakers warned to check travel advice on medicines

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some cold remedies are banned in Japan so it’s worth checking the laws abroad Holidaymakers are being warned to check the rules on carrying medicines abroad to avoid falling foul of local laws. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said some commonly-prescribed medicines were “controlled drugs” in certain countries. […]