Norfolk and Suffolk mental health trust back in special measures

Image caption The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is based at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich A mental health trust has been put back in special measures after its board “failed” to address serious concerns raised since 2014, a report says. The Care Quality Commission (CQC), which rated the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust […]

Baby talk: Mums’ voices change when speaking to infants

Image copyright Getty Images Mums alter the timbre of their voice when speaking “motherese” – or baby talk – say scientists in the US. Timbre refers to the unique quality of a sound and is why a piano sounds different to a violin, even when playing the same note. Experiments at the Princeton Baby Laboratory […]

Prince Harry calls for regular HIV and Aids testing

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The award was presented by Ian Walker and Julian La Bastide, who had both met the princess Prince Harry has paid tribute to his late mother’s work in raising awareness of HIV and Aids, and urged more people to “embrace regular testing”. The prince was speaking at the Attitude magazine […]

Great Ormond Street Hospital ‘failing’ intersex children

Great Ormond Street Hospital is not meeting care standards for intersex children, a BBC investigation says. It found that some patients who had been born with sexual development disorders, and their families, had no access to psychological care. And not all cases were properly discussed before the patient had life changing, irreversible surgery. Health regulator […]

‘Step change’ needed in developing GP clusters, says report

Media captionDr Huw Parry, partner at the New Surgery in Pencoed, explains how the cluster works There is still a long way to go to develop clusters of doctors’ surgeries across Wales, according to the assembly’s health committee. The 64 clusters not only bring local GPs together but pharmaceutical, physiotherapy and counselling services. AMs want […]

Children’s door-crush finger injuries ‘can be lifelong’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Children can seriously injure their fingers in doors Children and toddlers whose fingers are crushed by closing doors can end up with lifelong problems, plastic surgeons are warning. The British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (Bapras) said the injuries in some cases could lead to amputation and long-term […]

Pregabalin: Spending on ‘new valium’ greater in north

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Use of pregabalin has grown substantially in the past few years Prescribing rates for a valium-like drug linked to 111 deaths in a year vary widely across England, BBC analysis suggests. Monthly spending on prescriptions containing pregabalin was 88% higher in the North East and 83% higher in the […]

Jeremy Hunt to pledge £20,000 ‘golden hello’ for rural GPs

Image copyright PA Newly-qualified GPs are to be offered a one-off payment of £20,000 if they start their careers in areas that struggle to attract family doctors. The £4m scheme, to be announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, aims to boost the numbers of doctors in rural and coastal areas of England. Mr Hunt said […]

Medicines research warning over Brexit

Image copyright Getty Images Britain risks losing its leading position in drug research and development if plans for regulating medicines after Brexit are not set out soon, one of the UK’s most influential research leaders has warned. Prof Jeremy Farrar, head of the Wellcome Trust, called for “clarity”. He said delays could slow down the […]

UK eggs declared safe 30 years after salmonella scare

Image caption Runny eggs can now be enjoyed by everyone “Lion mark” eggs have been declared safe for pregnant women and young children, nearly 30 years after a salmonella scare. Vulnerable groups had been advised not to eat raw, soft boiled or runny eggs. The Food Standards Agency says “Lion Mark” eggs, which include almost […]