Hospitals to test mums-to-be for risky group-B strep

Image copyright Bethany Foss Image caption Daisey-May was born with GBS Screening for a life-threatening bacterial infection affecting newborn babies is to be offered at 80 hospitals in England, Wales and Scotland. About 150,000 pregnant women – one in five – carry group-B streptococcus. And if it is undiagnosed, there is a chance they could […]

Body image concerns ‘making people suicidal’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Concerns about body image are making large numbers of people depressed and even suicidal, a survey suggests. The poll of 4,500 UK adults found a third had felt anxious about their bodies, with one in eight experiencing suicidal thoughts. The Mental Health Foundation, which commissioned the survey, said the issue […]

Mental health cut-off: Why sling me out of CAMHS at 18?

Kirsty was being treated by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) up until the age of 18. She’s one of 25,000 young people in England that make the move to adult mental health services every year. But many young people struggle to make a smooth transition and can end up going months or even […]

NHS staff shortage: How many doctors and nurses come from abroad?

Image copyright Getty Images The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) will soon begin a major campaign to recruit health workers from other countries to meet growing staff shortages. Reports suggest a strategy has been drawn up to target a number of countries around the world, including poorer nations outside Europe. One estimate in March this […]

MPs call for ‘life-changing’ Kuvan to be made affordable

A number of MPs are calling on a drug company to make a “life-changing” treatment affordable to UK patients. Citing a BBC Newsnight report, MPs across several parties have written to BioMarin, which markets Kuvan but did not initially discover it. The drug, which helps people who have PKU – a rare inherited disorder – […]

Charcoal toothpastes ‘don’t whiten teeth’

Image copyright Getty Images Charcoal-based toothpastes, which claim to whiten teeth, are a “marketing gimmick” which could increase the risk of tooth decay and staining, says a review in the British Dental Journal. The charcoal products, which are increasingly popular, often contain no fluoride to help protect the teeth. And there is no scientific evidence […]

Hormone ‘can reduce chances of miscarriage’

Image copyright Samantha Allen Image caption Samantha’s son Noah was born after she took part in a large trial Giving the hormone progesterone to women who have had a miscarriage and experience early bleeding in pregnancy could improve their chances of having baby, a study suggests. Birmingham researchers carried out a trial on 4,000 pregnant […]

We both now have hope – MS sisters

Image copyright MS Society Image caption Zoe Bowman (left) and Vikki Langford Sisters Zoe Bowman and Vikki Langford were both diagnosed with multiple sclerosis within weeks of each other. But while Vikki has been able to get treatment for her form of the condition, Zoe has not. That is because Zoe has the primary progressive […]

Frozen eggs ‘are fastest fertility trend’

Media captionBehind the scenes at a fertility clinic More women in the UK are choosing to freeze their eggs than ever before, with treatment rates rising by 11% from 2016 to 2017, a report suggests. The fertility regulator’s figures show there were 1,463 egg freezing cycles in 2017 compared with 1,321 in 2016. The Human […]

Phage therapy: ‘Viral cocktail saved my daughter’s life’

Image copyright Jo Carnell Holdaway Image caption Isabelle Carnell-Holdaway is now 17 and learning to drive An experimental cocktail of viruses has saved the life of a teenager who had a deadly and seemingly untreatable infection. Isabelle’s body was being attacked by bacteria and she was given less than a 1% chance of survival. But […]