‘Mind-blowing’ cows hold clue to beating HIV

Image copyright Getty Images Cows have shown an “insane” and “mind-blowing” ability to tackle HIV which will help develop a vaccine, say US researchers. In a first for immunisation, the animals rapidly produced special types of antibody that can neutralise HIV. It is thought cows evolved a supreme immune defence due to their complex and […]

Nine lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk, study says

Media captionWant to avoid dementia? This might help One in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life, according to an international study in the Lancet. It lists nine key risk factors including lack of education, hearing loss, smoking and physical inactivity. The study is being […]

Rises in life expectancy ‘levelling off’

Image copyright Thinkstock Austerity may be starting to affect how long we live in England, according to a leading health expert. Life expectancy has been rising for decades, but the latest data shows the rate of increase has slowed. University College London expert Sir Michael Marmot said he was “deeply concerned” by the situation, saying […]

Surgeons remove 27 contact lenses from woman’s eye

Image copyright BMJ Image caption “A bluish foreign body” turned out to be a “hard mass” of 17 lenses stuck together with mucus Surgeons have removed 27 contact lenses from the eye of a 67-year-old woman who had come to Solihull Hospital for routine cataract surgery. “A bluish foreign body” turned out to be a […]

Charlie Gard: US doctor meets Great Ormond Street medics

Image copyright PA The US doctor who has offered to treat terminally ill Charlie Gard has attended a meeting at Great Ormond Street Hospital to decide whether he should travel to America for therapy. Dr Michio Hirano will discuss Charlie’s condition with doctors treating him and independent specialists. Great Ormond Street has given Dr Hirano […]

Shortfall in number of children’s doctors

Image copyright Science Photo Library A shortfall in the number of children’s junior doctors in the UK should act as a “wake-up call”, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says. Their study reveals children’s units are struggling to fill nearly one in five places on their rotas. “Large gaps in the workforce have […]

Children ‘exercise less as they get older’

Image copyright Science Photo Library The number of children doing an hour of exercise a day falls by nearly 40% between the ages of five and 12. Figures suggest that by the final year of primary school, just 17% of pupils are doing the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day. A spokesman for […]

NHS ranked ‘number one’ health system

Image copyright JohnnyGreig The NHS has been ranked the number one health system in a comparison of 11 countries. The UK health service was praised for its safety, affordability and efficiency, but fared less well on outcomes such as preventing early death and cancer survival. The research by the Commonwealth Fund, a US think tank, […]

Teeth-grinding in teens ‘a sign of being bullied’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Teeth-grinding in teenagers could be sign of an underlying problem at school Teeth-grinding in teenagers could be a sign they are being bullied at school, research suggests. An oral health charity said parents and schools should be aware of the problem, which can also affect adults who are stressed […]

£3.4m Pencoed radiology and imaging academy plan unveiled

A new academy to train radiologists and imaging professionals is to be created in Wales with £3.4m of Welsh Government funding. The new National Imaging Academy for Wales will be based in Pencoed, Bridgend, and is due to be up and running by mid-2018. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething will announce the plan on Friday. He […]

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