Solar eclipse 2017: What you need to know

Solar eclipse 2017: What you need to know

Media captionEclipse-chasing couple ready for backyard blackout On 21 August, more than seven million people across the US are expected to witness the first total solar eclipse to cross the North American continent from ocean to ocean since 1918. Due in part to some cosmic geometry, the Moon will momentarily obscure the Sun and cast […]

Stephen Hawking: I’m worried about the future of the NHS

Stephen Hawking: I’m worried about the future of the NHS

Image copyright BBC/Richard Ansett Stephen Hawking says he is worried about the future of the NHS, attacking the impact of government policies and the health secretary in person. In a speech on Saturday, the Cambridge University scientist is expected to accuse Jeremy Hunt of “cherry-picking” evidence to support his policies. And he will also say […]

Peanut allergy treatment ‘lasts up to four years’

Peanut allergy treatment ‘lasts up to four years’

Image copyright Thinkstock An oral treatment for peanut allergy is still effective four years after it was administered, a study has found. Children were given a probiotic, with a peanut protein, daily for 18 months. When tested one month later, 80% could tolerate peanuts without any allergic symptoms and after four years, 70% of them […]

Time spent frail in old age ‘doubles’

Time spent frail in old age ‘doubles’

Image copyright Getty Images The amount of time spent needing daily care at the end of life has doubled in England over the past two decades, a study suggests. The Newcastle University study found men spent 2.4 years on average needing regular care and women three years. This includes everything from help with washing and […]

Maternity ‘must improve’ at baby-deaths hospital trust

Maternity ‘must improve’ at baby-deaths hospital trust

Image caption Overall care at the trust has improved but further work is required, the watchdog has said Maternity services at a health trust at the centre of a baby deaths inquiry must improve, inspectors have said. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered an investigation into the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust in April. A […]

Meningitis jab uptake ‘worryingly low’

Meningitis jab uptake ‘worryingly low’

Image copyright Getty Images School-leavers are putting themselves at risk of deadly meningitis if they do not take up the offer to be vaccinated against the disease, nurses are warning. People living in England who are aged 17 and 18 are eligible for the free jab. The Royal College of Nursing says only a third […]

Bowel cancer test: ‘No health minister’ means NI people must wait

Bowel cancer test: ‘No health minister’ means NI people must wait

Image copyright Brendan Foster Image caption Screening tests reduce the mortality rates from bowel cancer A new, more accurate screening test for bowel cancer is on hold in Northern Ireland because there is no Stormont health minister. Bowel cancer is second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of death from the disease in […]

Japanese fungus spreading in UK hospitals

Japanese fungus spreading in UK hospitals

Image copyright Getty Images More than 200 patients in England have been infected or contaminated with a drug-resistant fungus first found in Japan, health officials have confirmed. Hospitals are on the lookout for further cases and are putting in place measures to help control any further spread of the fungus, Candida auris. Public Health England […]

Plants ‘hijacked’ to make polio vaccine

Plants ‘hijacked’ to make polio vaccine

Image copyright John Innes Centre Image caption A close relative of tobacco has been turned into a polio vaccine “factory” Plants have been “hijacked” to make polio vaccine in a breakthrough with the potential to transform vaccine manufacture, say scientists. The team at the John Innes Centre, in Norfolk, says the process is cheap, easy […]

‘Fat but fit’ still risk heart disease

‘Fat but fit’ still risk heart disease

Image copyright Getty Images People who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of heart disease even if they appear medically healthy, experts are warning. The work, in the European Heart Journal, is further evidence against the idea people can be “fat but fit”. The researchers studied health data on more than half a […]

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