Drug errors cause appalling harm and deaths, says Hunt

Media captionHealth Secretary Jeremy Hunt discusses deaths caused by drug errors Drug errors in England cause appalling levels of harm and deaths, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says, as data suggests mistakes are being made. GPs, pharmacists, hospitals and care homes may be making 237 million errors a year – the equivalent of one mistake made […]

Sipping acidic fruit teas can wear away teeth, says study

Media captionThe truth about fruit tea Sipping acidic drinks such as fruit teas and flavoured water can wear away teeth and damage the enamel, an investigation by scientists has shown. The King’s College London team found that drinking them between meals and savouring them for too long increased the risk of tooth erosion from acid. […]

Stephen Fry recovering from prostate cancer surgery

Media captionStephen Fry: “It’s a bit of a business having an operation like that” Stephen Fry is recovering from surgery for prostate cancer and said “it all seemed to go pretty well”. The broadcaster, who had his operation in early January, said on his website: “They took the prostate out,” adding: “So far as we […]

MPs debate changes to organ donations law

Media captionLabour MP: What happened to Rebecca could happen to anyone Plans to change the rules on organ donation consent in England, which it is claimed could save up to 500 lives a year, have been backed by MPs. A bill requiring people to “opt out” if they do not want their organs used passed […]

‘Mini-tumours’ created to battle cancer

Image copyright ICR Image caption The mini-tumours can be used to predict if a patient will respond to therapy Scientists have been able to predict how cancer patients will respond to therapy by growing miniature versions of their tumours in the laboratory. They say the groundbreaking work could lead to “smarter, kinder and more effective […]

Anti-depressants: Major study finds they work

Media captionProf Andrea Cipriani said it was good news for patients and doctors Scientists say they have settled one of medicine’s biggest debates after a huge study found that anti-depressants work. The study, which analysed data from 522 trials involving 116,477 people, found 21 common anti-depressants were all more effective at reducing symptoms of acute […]

Warning over fake piercing magnet craze

Image copyright Cascadenews Image caption The powerful attraction between the magnets were ripping through Freddie Webster’s stomach Two children needed life-saving surgery after accidentally swallowing powerful magnetic balls which are being used to mimic body piercings in a new craze. One of the youngsters, Freddie Webster, 12, had to have part of his bowel removed […]

Consultants criticise ‘catastrophic’ rise in 12-hour A&E waits

Image caption Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, where January was typically pressured Emergency consultants say the rise in patients waiting more than 12 hours to be seen at A&E is “catastrophic” and “unacceptable and shocking”. There were 5,111 patients with the longest waits in January – 36% more than in the same month in 2017. […]

NHS ‘dangerously’ short of 100,000 staff

Image copyright PA The NHS in England has nearly 100,000 jobs unfilled, a situation described as “dangerously” understaffed. The total represents one in 12 of all the posts in the health service and would be enough to staff 10 large hospitals. It includes 35,000 nurse posts and nearly 10,000 doctor vacancies. The figures have been […]

Asthma inhalers recalled in device alert

Image copyright MHRA Image caption A small number of Ventolin Accuhaler units are affected by the fault Three batches of Ventolin Accuhaler and Seretide Accuhaler asthma inhalers have been recalled because they do not deliver the full number of doses. The MHRA – the body that regulates the devices – warned that patients may find […]

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