Noel Conway: Terminally ill man granted assisted dying appeal

Image copyright PA Image caption Noel Conway was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2014 A terminally ill man who wants to be helped to die has been granted permission to take his case to appeal. Two judges from the Court of Appeal said there should be a full hearing of 68-year-old Noel Conway’s case. […]

Angelina Jolie gene testing for all?

Image copyright Getty Images Testing all women for the “Angelina Jolie gene”, even if not considered at risk, would prevent cancers, save lives and is cost effective, say doctors. The Hollywood actress had her breasts, ovaries and fallopian tubes removed due to the high risk of cancer in her case. Women tend to be offered […]

Chemistry ‘Van Gogh’ could help with cancer

Chemistry ‘Van Gogh’ could help with cancer

Image copyright ICR Image caption RNA polymerase III surrounding DNA “Incredible” images of DNA in action have been captured by scientists who will use them to design cancer drugs. Researcher Dr Alessandro Vannini said the pictures were “beautiful” and in artistic comparisons were “definitely a Van Gogh”. They capture a fundamental part of all plant […]

NHS ‘haemorrhaging’ nurses as 33,000 leave each year

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS is “haemorrhaging” nurses with one in 10 now leaving the NHS in England each year, figures show. More than 33,000 walked away last year, piling pressure on understaffed hospitals and community services. The figures – provided to the BBC by NHS Digital – represent a rise of 20% since […]

Cost legacy of decades-old NHS blunders begins to rise

Image copyright HORD FAMILY Image caption Thomas Hord’s family fought for seven years to win a six-figure payout for his life-long care needs NHS medical blunders dating back more than two decades are still costing millions of pounds a year in compensation, it has emerged. The negligence bill for mistakes made before 1995 – mainly […]

Man ruptures throat by stifling a sneeze

Image copyright Getty Images Stifling a sneeze by clamping your nose and mouth shut can cause serious physical damage, doctors are warning. Medics in Leicester treated a 34-year-old man who ruptured his throat while trying to stop a high-force sneeze. With nowhere to escape, the pressure ripped through the soft tissue, and although rare and […]

Employers urged to ‘normalise’ menopause in the workplace

Media captionWhat’s the menopause really like? Employers need to do more to “normalise conversations” about the menopause in the workplace, say experts. The comments came after a BBC survey found 70% of respondents did not tell their bosses they were experiencing symptoms. Some firms have brought in menopause-specific policies but experts said for many it […]

Manchester Children’s Hospital: ‘Dangerously low’ staffing levels reported

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption One medic fears a patient will have to die before staffing concerns are addressed Medical staff at Manchester Children’s Hospital have warned “dangerous staffing levels” have put patients at risk in its critical care unit. They listed their concerns in an “honesty box”, a letter leaked to the Manchester […]

‘Being a teenage mother is so lonely’

Media captionShannon says having Harvey, two, has given her life direction Teenage pregnancy rates in the UK have halved in the past eight years, but are still among the highest in Europe. New government guidelines are being released to help councils reduce the numbers further. Shannon was 14 and her boyfriend Ethan 17 when she […]

London’s January air quality ‘best in 10 years’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The capital has breached air pollution limits by 6 January every year since 2008, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said London’s air quality is within legal limits in mid-January for the first time in 10 years, City Hall has said. The capital breached limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) by 6 […]