Bed found for suicidal girl after judge’s criticism

Image caption Sir James Munby, a senior judge, said there would be “blood on our hands” if the 17-year-old did not receive adequate supervision A bed has been found for a suicidal girl, a day after a judge criticised a lack of care provision available when she is freed from youth custody. Sir James Munby, […]

Men’s sexist attitudes ‘shaped by first exposure to pornography’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Study finds the age a male first sees porn shapes their attitudes later towards women The age at which a male first sees pornography is associated with certain sexist attitudes later in life, according to a team of researchers from the University of Nebraska. Their survey revealed the […]

First hints Parkinson’s can be stopped

Image copyright Getty Images It may be possible to stop the progression of Parkinson’s disease with a drug normally used in type 2 diabetes, a clinical trial suggests. Current drugs help manage the symptoms, but do not prevent brain cells dying. The trial on 62 patients, published in the Lancet, hints the medicine halted the […]

All Hampshire schools to offer Men ACWY meningitis vaccine

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Uptake of the Men ACWY vaccine through GP surgeries is “worryingly low” The meningitis ACWY vaccine is to be offered in all Hampshire secondary schools from January 2018. Currently the jab is offered through GP surgeries in the south of the county and school nurses in the north. NHS […]

Ian Paterson: Disgraced breast surgeon has sentence increased

Image copyright SWNS Image caption Ian Paterson has had his jail sentence increased from 15 to 20 years by Court of Appeal judges A breast surgeon who intentionally wounded his patients has had his 15-year jail term increased to 20 years. Ian Paterson, 59, who appeared at the Court of Appeal via video link, was […]

Prep: HIV ‘game-changer’ to reach NHS in England from September

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS in England has announced it will finally give people a drug to dramatically reduce the risk of being infected with HIV, from next month. The health service had previously fought against paying for Prep and even took the issue to court, unsuccessfully, last year. The drug will be given […]

Cot death charity raises concerns over baby boxes

Image copyright Alamy A cot death charity has raised concerns over the use of Finnish-style baby boxes, which infants can sleep in. Issuing new advice to parents, the Lullaby Trust said there was no evidence baby boxes reduced the rate of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The cardboard box, filled with baby products and a […]

Sexual health services ‘at tipping point’ in England

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption New visits to sexual health clinics in England are on the rise Sexual health services in England are “at a tipping point”, according to local councils in England, who say visits to clinics have increased while funding has been cut. The Local Government Association warns that patients could […]

Human embryos edited to stop disease

Image copyright OHSU Image caption Pictures of the genetically modified embryos Scientists have, for the first time, successfully freed embryos of a piece of faulty DNA that causes deadly heart disease to run in families. It potentially opens the door to preventing 10,000 disorders that are passed down the generations. The US and South Korean […]

Global blindness set to ‘triple by 2050’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than 200 million people are living with moderate to severe vision impairment The number of blind people across the world is set to triple within the next four decades, researchers suggest. Writing in Lancet Global Health, they predict cases will rise from 36 million to 115 million by […]