Mental health staff on long-term stress leave up 22%

Mental health staff on long-term stress leave up 22%

Image copyright PA Image caption Some trusts saw the number of staff taking long-term leave double in five years The number of NHS mental health staff who have had to take sick leave because of their own mental health issues has risen by 22% in the past five years. Those taking long-term leave of a […]

Loneliness: The cost of the ‘last taboo’

Loneliness: The cost of the ‘last taboo’

Media captionDerek Taylor, 90, wrote tips on tackling loneliness, which have now been published Researchers have put a financial price on an “epidemic of loneliness” – estimating it costs £6,000 per person in health costs and pressure on local services. But the London School of Economics study of older people says for every £1 spent […]

Epilepsy drug’s safety reviewed over pregnancy risk

Epilepsy drug’s safety reviewed over pregnancy risk

Image caption About 20,000 babies have been left with disabilities in the UK since the 1970s Women whose children have been harmed by the epilepsy drug sodium valproate will give evidence to a European-wide safety review in London next week. The European Medicines Agency will examine whether warnings about risks to unborn babies are strong […]

Quit smoking campaign Stoptober backs e-cigs for first time

Quit smoking campaign Stoptober backs e-cigs for first time

Image caption The Stoptober campaign runs from 1 October The annual Stoptober campaign in England is embracing e-cigarettes for the first time – in a sign vaping is being seen as the key to getting people to quit. Health experts have tended to shy away from explicitly promoting e-cigarettes. But the government campaign during October […]

Court ruling not needed to withdraw care, judge says

Court ruling not needed to withdraw care, judge says

Image copyright Getty Images Legal permission will no longer be required to end care for patients in a permanent vegetative state, a judge has ruled. Until now a judge must also consent, even if medics and relatives agree to withdraw nutrition from a patient. But in what been described as a landmark decision, those cases […]

Nine in 10 GPs rated good or outstanding

Nine in 10 GPs rated good or outstanding

Image copyright Science Photo Library Nine in 10 GP surgeries in England have been rated as good and outstanding by inspectors. It means general practice is the highest performing sector in the NHS, according to the Care Quality Commission ratings, above hospitals, mental health and social care. But inspectors did flag up safety concerns at […]

Chronic fatigue therapy ‘could help teenagers’, study says

Chronic fatigue therapy ‘could help teenagers’, study says

Image copyright Thinkstock A training programme tested on children with mild or moderate chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can reduce fatigue and increase attendance at school, a small study from the University of Bristol suggests. The Lightning Process, a type of brain therapy, was used alongside specialist medical care. But ME charities said they did not […]

UK scientists edit DNA of human embryos

UK scientists edit DNA of human embryos

Image copyright Kathy Niakan Image caption The genetic machinery needed to modify the DNA is injected into the embryo The blueprint for life – DNA – has been altered in human embryos for the first time in the UK. The team at the Francis Crick Institute are unravelling the mysteries of the earliest moments of […]

Life-extending lung cancer nivolumab drug approved

Life-extending lung cancer nivolumab drug approved

Image copyright Getty Images A life-extending lung cancer drug will be made immediately available to NHS patients in England, say advisers. Campaigners, including the late Sunday Times restaurant critic AA Gill, have repeatedly called for access to the immunotherapy, which can add months to life. Scotland already offers nivolumab to people with advanced disease who […]

Quarter of 14-year-old girls ‘have signs of depression’

Quarter of 14-year-old girls ‘have signs of depression’

Image copyright Getty Images A quarter of girls and nearly one in 10 boys show signs of depression at the age of 14, say UK researchers. The government-funded study of over 10,000 young people looked at how many experienced the signs of depression not a clinical diagnosis of one. Being from a poorer background or […]

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