More children having teeth out in hospital in England

More children having teeth out in hospital in England

Image copyright Getty Images Dentists have accused the government of having a “short-sighted” approach to tooth decay in England after hospital operations to remove children’s teeth increased to nearly 43,000. There were 42,911 operations in 2016-17 – up from 40,800 the previous year and 36,833 in 2012-13, NHS figures show. The British Dental Association said […]

Breast cancer survival ‘unaffected by faulty gene’

Breast cancer survival ‘unaffected by faulty gene’

Image copyright Getty Images Young breast cancer patients with faulty BRCA genes have the same survival chances as those without, a study has found. The researchers, who looked at almost 3,000 women, also found outcomes were the same whatever kind of treatment women had – including mastectomies. Experts say it means women can take time […]

Cycling does not harm men’s sexual health, study says

Cycling does not harm men’s sexual health, study says

Image copyright Getty Images Cycling does not negatively affect men’s sexual health or urinary function, a study has found. Researchers compared cyclists with runners and swimmers and found their sexual and urinary health was comparable. The findings contrasted with previous studies that suggested cycling could negatively affect men’s sexual function, the study’s authors said. They […]

‘UK should follow Wales’ lead on organ donation’

‘UK should follow Wales’ lead on organ donation’

Media captionEllie Lacey says she is now living life for her and her donor A woman who was hours from death waiting for a liver transplant wants other UK nations to follow Wales’ lead on presumed organ donation consent. Ellie Lacey, 31, was diagnosed with sudden and unexplained liver failure in 2016 and was told […]

Teenager dies after catching flu virus

Teenager dies after catching flu virus

Image copyright Bethany Walker Image caption Bethany Walker contracted the flu virus which developed into pneumonia An 18-year-old woman has died in hospital after catching the flu virus. Bethany Walker, from Applecross in Wester Ross, had been suffering from the virus at home before it developed into pneumonia. She was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in […]

‘Liver branding’ surgeon Simon Bramhall fined £10,000

‘Liver branding’ surgeon Simon Bramhall fined £10,000

Image caption Simon Bramhall was sentenced for two charges of assault after admitting branding his patients’ livers A liver surgeon who branded his initials on the livers of two patients has been fined £10,000. Simon Bramhall, 53, used an argon beam machine to write his initials on the organs of the anaesthetised patients in 2013 […]

Flu cases: Surge in hospital admissions

Flu cases: Surge in hospital admissions

Image copyright Getty Images Hospitals in England are now seeing very high rates of patients with flu, according to Public Health England figures. A sharp rise in cases seen by GPs in the past week – up 78% on the week before – suggests it could be the worst flu season for seven years. But […]

Pharma giant Pfizer pulls out of research into Alzheimer’s

Pharma giant Pfizer pulls out of research into Alzheimer’s

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Pfizer’s decision will affect research into drugs for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease Drug company Pfizer has announced it is pulling out of research into drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The US-based pharmaceutical giant said it would be ending its neuroscience discovery programmes following a review, and 300 jobs […]

MP calls for ban on high-caffeine energy drinks

MP calls for ban on high-caffeine energy drinks

Media captionJustin Bartholomew’s family are calling for energy drinks regulation An MP has called for a ban on high-caffeine energy drinks for under-16s, following the suicide of a 25-year-old constituent. Maria Caulfield raised the issue in Prime Minister’s Questions. She said Justin Bartholomew’s family were “convinced” his intake of more than 15 cans a day […]

Churchill Hospital chemotherapy treatment ‘unsustainable’

Churchill Hospital chemotherapy treatment ‘unsustainable’

Media captionTheresa May was challenged over the leaked Oxford hospital memo at Prime Minister’s Questions Cancer care at an NHS specialist hospital is becoming “unsustainable” because of staff shortages, its boss has warned. A memo to Oxford’s Churchill Hospital staff, which was leaked to The Times, said chemotherapy cycles could be cut. The memo from […]