‘Asthma is a killer – it took away my miracle daughter’

‘Asthma is a killer – it took away my miracle daughter’

Image copyright Mr and Mrs Dennis Image caption Olivia Dennis was 10 when she died from an asthma attack Lisa Dennis is looking at photos of her daughter Olivia – a blonde girl with a radiant smile. These are special moments, frozen in time. Olivia died four years ago, aged 10, after having an asthma […]

Danger map reveals health threat zone

Image copyright EcoHealthAlliance South America is a hotbed of potential viruses that could be the next major threat to the world’s health, according to “danger maps”. The EcoHealth Alliance in New York looked at mammals, the viruses they harbour and how they come into contact with people. It revealed bats carry more potential threats than […]

‘Remarkable’ drop in new HIV cases among men

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The numbers were based on 200 sexual health clinics in England For the first time, new diagnoses of HIV have fallen among men who have sex with men in England, according to data from Public Health England. They have decreased from 2,060 in 2014-15 to 1,700 in 2015-16, while […]

Ebola virus burial teams ‘saved thousands of lives’

Image copyright Mark Georgiou Image caption The bodies of Ebola victims were particularly toxic They were ordinary people doing an extraordinary job in extremely dangerous times. Now new research suggests Red Cross volunteers who helped bury most of the bodies of Ebola victims in West Africa could have prevented more than 10,000 cases of the […]

Social media pressure is linked to cosmetic procedure boom

Image copyright Science Photo Library Young people are turning to cosmetic procedures such as botox and dermal fillers as a result of social media pressure, according to a report. A study by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics says government must protect people from an unregulated industry. The report also condemns makeover apps and online plastic […]

Ninth avoidable baby death at NHS trust

Image caption Maddison’s parents say labour ward was extremely busy A ninth avoidable baby death has been uncovered by BBC News at a troubled NHS trust. Maddison Dawn Wilkins Jackson died in 2013 after staff at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital could not find her mother a bed on the labour ward. The health secretary ordered […]

First NHS proton beam machine arrives at Christie hospital

Image caption Some NHS patients have been sent to the Paul Scherrer Institute in Northern Switzerland for proton beam therapy The machine that will enable the NHS’s first proton beam therapy (PBT) unit to treat cancer patients will arrive later. Manchester’s Christie hospital will be the first NHS unit to provide the treatment, meaning patients […]

Century-old Parkinson’s question answered

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have found the first direct evidence that the immune system does attack the brain in Parkinson’s disease. The role of “autoimmunity” was first suggested nearly a century ago, but had not been confirmed. The discovery, in the journal Nature, suggests that drugs to calm the immune system could […]

Queen’s Speech: Ground laid for dropping ‘dementia tax’

Image copyright Keith Brofsky The Queen’s Speech has paved the way for the ditching of the controversial “dementia tax” in England, set out in the Conservative election manifesto. The value of an individual’s home was to be taken into account for all types of elderly care under the plans. The two-year government programme set out […]

How to make labour wards safer

Image copyright Science Photo Library Failure to monitor properly baby heart rates during labour is one reason why some newborns are dying on UK maternity wards, an investigation has found. The Each Baby Counts inquiry, by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, looked at more than 700 recent neonatal deaths and injuries. It says […]

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