Severe obesity four times more likely in poor primary schools

Image copyright Getty Images Primary pupils in England’s poorest areas are four times more likely to be severely obese than in the wealthiest, according to the latest figures. Overall, the proportion of severely obese Year 6 pupils has risen from 3.6% in 2009-10 to 4.2% in 2017-18. Obese children are more likely to be bullied, […]

What works for treating children’s colds?

Image copyright Getty Images Children get six to eight colds a year – twice as many as adults – but there’s little evidence on what helps improve symptoms like blocked or runny noses and sneezing. So are there remedies worth trying? Pharmacies and supermarkets are full of cough and cold medicines which claim to relieve […]

NHS England staff must explain if they refuse to have flu jab

Image caption Flu jabs are offered free of charge to all NHS staff Health workers in England who refuse to take up the offer of a free flu jab will be asked to explain why they do not want to be vaccinated. The measures have been introduced in an effort to cut sickness rates and […]

Public faces ‘care injustice’ as NHS struggles

Image copyright Getty Images The public is facing a growing “care injustice” as people are finding it more difficult to get help in England, the regulator is warning. The Care Quality Commission highlighted growing hospital waiting lists, delays at A&E and record dissatisfaction levels with GPs in its annual report. Mental health and old-age care […]

World Mental Health Day: PM appoints suicide prevention minister

Image copyright Getty Images A minister for suicide prevention has been appointed in England by the prime minister as the government hosts the first ever global mental health summit. Theresa May said the appointment of Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price to the new role will help tackle the stigma surrounding suicide. While suicide rates are falling, […]

Under-25s turning their backs on alcohol, study suggests

Image copyright Getty Images Young people are turning their backs on alcohol, a new study has suggested. Researchers looked at official health data from the last decade and found almost a third of 16 to 24-year-olds in 2015 said they didn’t drink, compared with around one in five in 2005. Non-drinking was found across a […]

‘Higher levels of PTSD among veterans’, says study

Image caption TV dramas like the BBC’s Bodyguard have helped increase awareness of PTSD Post-traumatic stress disorder of serving Army personnel and military veterans has increased in the last 10 years, a new study suggests. Most sufferers were veterans who saw active combat; 17% reported symptoms of probable PTSD. Experts said the delayed onset of […]

Brain damaged boy, 6, awarded £37m in NHS compensation

Image copyright West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust Image caption The child contracted herpes at Watford General hospital, which caused a brain fever A six-year-old boy who suffered a “catastrophic” brain injury after his birth in hospital has received £37m in compensation from the NHS. The child contracted the herpes simplex virus at Watford General hospital, […]

Gary Barlow opens up about stillbirth experience

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Barlow said “it is something I don’t think we’ll ever recover from” Gary Barlow says he wrote about the death of his daughter to help others going through a similar experience. The Take That singer and his wife Dawn lost Poppy when she was delivered stillborn in 2012. Barlow […]

Boots investigated over great-grandfather’s fatal pharmacy error

Image copyright Gail Pickles Image caption Tony Lee had been coping well with the death of his wife just months before, his family said Regulators are investigating the actions of Boots after the death of a great-grandfather who was sent duplicate packs of prescription drugs. Richard “Tony” Lee took a week of extra pills dispensed […]