Nappy sacks ‘should carry death warnings’

Image copyright Beth Amison Image caption Maison was seven months old when he died Retailers are being asked to put warning signs on packs of nappy sacks about the dangers of suffocation. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa) says it is aware of at least 17 baby deaths, including the tragic case […]

One in five patients regularly misses GP appointments

Image copyright Magnum Photos Up to one in five patients is regularly missing GP appointments in Scotland, new research reveals. A study of more than 500,000 people in the country found poorer patients living in affluent areas were the most likely to miss an appointment. “No-showers” tended to be aged 16 to 30, or older […]

Criminal record check did not spot hammer attack carer threat

Image caption Pamela Batten suffered a fractured skull in the attack by her husband’s former carer The son of a 90-year-old woman who was stabbed in the neck by a carer with a previous assault conviction is calling for a change to criminal record checks. Abosede Adeyinka hit Pamela Batten on the head with a […]

Asthma sufferers urged to wear scarves in cold to stop attacks

Image copyright Asthma uk Image caption Covering the mouth and nose can help to warm up air being breathed in by those with asthma Asthma sufferers are being encouraged to wear a scarf over their nose and mouth to prevent asthma attacks this winter. Breathing in cold, damp air can make the airways tighten and […]

Wales’ organ donation opt-out law has not increased donors

Image copyright Getty Images Wales’ opt-out system for organ donation has not increased the number of donors in the two years since it was introduced, a study has confirmed. Adults in Wales are presumed to have consented to organ donation unless they have opted out. The data was published in a Welsh Government report about […]

Pledge to boost mental health support in schools

Image copyright Getty Images Children and young people in England are to be able to access mental health support at school or college under government plans to improve services. The proposals include introducing a four-week waiting time for youngsters needing specialist support and new mental health support teams in schools. It is hoped around one […]

Welsh and Scottish health ministers call for folic acid in flour

Image copyright Getty Images The Welsh and Scottish health ministers want Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to make it compulsory for UK suppliers of flour to fortify it with folic acid. In a joint letter, they argue this will help reduce neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, in unborn babies. Figures from Food Standards Scotland […]

Anger as India doctor mistakenly declares newborn dead

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Doctors declared the infant dead, hours after his still-born twin A newborn baby, declared dead by a hospital in the Indian capital Delhi, was found to be alive while they were on their way to his funeral. Doctors at the privately run Max Hospital had pronounced the baby dead […]

Portsmouth hospital missed lung cancer cases

Image copyright PA Image caption Inspectors also found a backlog of 23,000 X-rays at the hospital A hospital failed to spot cases of lung cancer because it did not check patients’ chest X-rays properly, the Care Quality Commission has found. The health watchdog found that three patients at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth suffered “significant […]

Adults being diagnosed with the wrong diabetes, study finds

Image copyright Helen Philibin Image caption Helen Philibin was misdiagnosed with Type 2 diabetes Many might think type 1 diabetes is a “disease of childhood”, but research, published in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, has found it has similar prevalence in adults. More than 40% of Britons diagnosed with the condition are over 30. Many […]