Vaginal mesh implants: Hundreds sue NHS over ‘barbaric’ treatment

Vaginal mesh implants: Hundreds sue NHS over ‘barbaric’ treatment

Image caption Kate Langley has been left in permanent pain by her vaginal mesh implant More than 800 UK women are taking legal action against the NHS and the makers of vaginal mesh implants, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned. The implants are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence after childbirth, but some […]

Prince William says keeping a stiff upper lip can damage health

Prince William says keeping a stiff upper lip can damage health

Image copyright Getty Images The British “stiff upper lip” should not be allowed to endanger mental health, the Duke of Cambridge has said. He said he wanted his children to grow up able to express their feelings. Prince William has also teamed up with pop star Lady Gaga – in a video call they spoke […]

More NHS mental health patients treated privately

More NHS mental health patients treated privately

Image caption Karl was sent to a private hospital far from his home Mental health trusts across the UK are becoming increasingly reliant on private hospitals to deliver care, a BBC Breakfast investigation suggests. NHS spending on private mental health inpatient beds went up 42% over five years across 40 mental health authorities that responded […]

Medics use video to help parents of neo-natal babies

Medics use video to help parents of neo-natal babies

Media captionNeo-natal unit sends video updates to families Medics treating infants at a Scottish hospital are using video technology in a new scheme helping parents keep in touch with their babies. Staff are able to send short films of their patients to parents when they are away from the hospital. The initiative is thought to […]

UK funding increased to fight neglected tropical diseases

UK funding increased to fight neglected tropical diseases

Image copyright Imperial College London Image caption More funding means tablets can be distributed to millions of children to treat neglected tropical diseases The UK government is investing an extra £200m in programmes to fight neglected tropical diseases, which affect more than a billion people in the world’s poorest countries. Without treatment, river blindness, guinea-worm […]

Swansea University smart bandage trials ‘within 12 months’

Swansea University smart bandage trials ‘within 12 months’

Bandages which can detect how a wound is healing and send messages back to doctors could be trialled within the next 12 months, scientists have said. The bandages would use real-time 5G technology to monitor what treatment is needed and also keep track of a patient’s activity levels. The work is being led by Swansea […]

‘Touchscreen-toddlers’ sleep less, researchers say

‘Touchscreen-toddlers’ sleep less, researchers say

Image copyright Getty Images Toddlers who spend time playing on smartphones and tablets seem to get slightly less sleep than those who do not, say researchers. The study in Scientific Reports suggests every hour spent using a touchscreen each day was linked to 15 minutes less sleep. However, those playing with touchscreens do develop their […]

Parents’ anger at baby deaths NHS trust

Parents’ anger at baby deaths NHS trust

Image copyright Kotchkiss family Image caption Sophiya Hotchkiss was born prematurely An NHS trust at the centre of an investigation into its maternity services has been accused of failing to properly investigate the deaths of at least two babies. Jack Burn and Sophiya Hotchkiss died within six months of each other. Both families say their […]

Cluster of baby deaths probe ordered

Cluster of baby deaths probe ordered

Media captionIvy Morris died in May 2016 from complications associated with her birth A cluster of baby deaths at the same NHS trust will be investigated, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said. BBC News has learned of at least seven deaths later deemed as avoidable in less than two years at the Shrewsbury and Telford […]

Dying man Noel Conway can fight right-to-die law

Dying man Noel Conway can fight right-to-die law

Image caption Noel Conway was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2014 A terminally ill man has won the right to bring a High Court challenge over the law on assisted dying. Noel Conway, 67, asked the Court of Appeal to overturn a decision that prevented a judicial review over the blanket ban on providing […]