Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease

Image copyright James Gallagher Image caption Peter has Huntington’s disease and his siblings Sandy and Frank also have the gene The defect that causes the neurodegenerative disease Huntington’s has been corrected in patients for the first time, the BBC has learned. An experimental drug, injected into spinal fluid, safely lowered levels of toxic proteins in […]

Major NHS trust put in special measures

Image caption Lord Kerslake said “our problems lie in the way that the NHS is funded and organised” A major London hospital trust has been placed in special measures because of funding problems. NHS Improvement announced the sanction against King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust the day after chairman Lord Kerslake resigned criticising the “unrealistic” […]

Lactalis baby milk in global recall over salmonella fears

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The global recall affects consumers in several countries including Britain, China and Sudan. French baby milk formula maker Lactalis has ordered a global product recall over fears of salmonella contamination. Health authorities in France said 26 infants in the country have become sick since early December. The recall affects […]

Organ donation: Views sought on new approach

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption About 40 to 50 people donate their organs upon their death every year in Northern Ireland People in Northern Ireland are being asked to have their say on a new approach to organ donation. The Department of Health has launched a consultation on a draft policy designed to get […]

Teachers call for ban on energy drinks in schools

Image copyright iStock One of the UK’s largest teaching unions is calling for schools to ban energy drinks from their premises. The NASUWT is warning about caffeine levels in the drinks, describing them as “readily available legal highs” which can contribute to poor behaviour. It follows a report by academics, seen by 5 live investigates, […]

Vaginal mesh ban ‘a retrograde step’, surgeons say

Image caption The mesh is made of a type of plastic and surgeons routinely use it in hernia repairs Banning vaginal mesh implants would remove an important treatment for some women suffering from a prolapse, says the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Some women benefit from the implants and should have a choice, it […]

Anorexic student Averil Hart ‘failed by every NHS body’

Media captionNicholas Hart says his daughter Averil’s “death was avoidable” A teenager who “starved to death” in a matter of weeks was failed by “every NHS organisation that should have cared for her”, a review has found. Averil Hart, 19, died in 2012 after her anorexia rapidly worsened at university in Norwich. Her father Nicholas […]

Call for lung health screening in top football clubs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Asthma symptoms can be brought on by exercise in elite athletes Professional footballers should be screened for exercise-induced asthma, researchers say, after a study found three in 10 could be affected. University of Kent scientists used lung tests to identify players with symptoms and improved their fitness after treatment. […]

Top five celeb diets to avoid in 2018, according to dieticians

Image copyright Getty Images The British Dietetic Association has released a list of diets they say we should steer clear of in the new year. They include the Raw Vegan, Alkaline, Pioppi and Ketogenic diets, as well as Katie Price’s Nutritional Supplements. Sian Porter from the BDA said: “If something sounds too good to be […]

Ian Paterson: Independent inquiry into breast surgeon

Image copyright PA Image caption Ian Paterson is serving a 20-year sentence for wounding patients An independent inquiry is to be held into the malpractice of breast surgeon Ian Paterson, who carried out hundreds of botched operations. It will aim to learn lessons from the case and improve care, the Department of Health said. Paterson […]

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