Cigarettes sold in plain green packs under new rules

Image copyright PA Image caption All cigarettes must be sold in plain green packaging with health warnings New rules have come into force which mean cigarettes and tobacco must be sold in plain green packets and carry graphic health warnings. The rules, which also end the sale of packets of 10, are designed to deter […]

NHS performance data delay ‘disappointing’, regulator says

Image copyright PA The publication of key financial performance data from the NHS in England will be delayed until after the election, the BBC understands. Regulator NHS Improvement had wanted to publish data on the scale of hospital deficits but was advised against it by the government. NHS Improvement said it was “disappointing” the results […]

Instagram ‘worst for young mental health’

Image copyright Getty Images Instagram is rated as the worst social media platform when it comes to its impact on young people’s mental health, a UK snapshot survey suggests. The poll asked 1,479 people aged 14-24 to score popular apps on issues such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, bullying and body image. Instagram said keeping the […]

More than 10,000 defibrillators in public places ‘could be faulty’

Image copyright MHRA More than 10,000 defibrillators in the UK may be affected by a fault, which means they will not work in an emergency. The fault affects LIFEPAK 1000 devices, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said. The manufacturer, Physio-Control, has sent a safety alert to those with the devices concerned, urging […]

Chester hospital baby deaths to be investigated by police

Image copyright Dennis Turner/Geograph Image caption Police will focus on eight unexplained deaths at the neonatal unit between June 2015 and July 2016 Baby deaths at a neonatal unit with a “higher than usual” mortality rate are to be investigated by police. Countess of Chester Hospital reported “a greater number of baby deaths and collapses […]

Exercise programme ‘can reduce concussion’ in youth rugby

Image copyright University of Bath Image caption Strength, balance and agility are at the core of the exercise programme A 20-minute exercise programme for young rugby players to improve their strength and balance could help to reduce concussion injuries, according to a study from the University of Bath. In a study of 14- to 18-year-olds […]

‘Fat but fit is a big fat myth’

Image copyright Beeldbewerking The idea that people can be fat but medically fit is a myth, say experts speaking in Portugal. Their early work, as yet unpublished, involved looking at the GP records of 3.5 million people in the UK. They say people who were obese but who had no initial signs of heart disease, […]

Private surgery ‘needs better patient safety regulation’

Image copyright Getty Images The Royal College of Surgeons has called for a review of the way private hospitals are regulated, following the case of Ian Paterson. The surgeon was convicted last month of unlawfully wounding patients during breast surgery at private clinics in the West Midlands. He is due to be sentenced this month. […]

Beauty sleep is a real thing, research shows

Image copyright MilanMarkovic/Getty images Beauty sleep is a real thing, according to researchers who have shown that people who miss out on sleep do appear less attractive to others. A couple of bad nights is enough to make a person look “significantly” more ugly, their sleep experiments suggest. Dark-circled “panda” eyes and puffy lids can […]

Cancer drug price hike company investigated

Image copyright SPL The European Commission has launched an investigation into claims that drug company Aspen Pharma excessively increased prices of five life-saving cancer medicines. The drugs include chlorambucil and busulfan – used to treat leukaemia. The Commission said it was looking at claims that Aspen imposed “very significant and unjustified” price hikes. The company […]