Quit smoking campaign Stoptober backs e-cigs for first time

Image caption The Stoptober campaign runs from 1 October The annual Stoptober campaign in England is embracing e-cigarettes for the first time – in a sign vaping is being seen as the key to getting people to quit. Health experts have tended to shy away from explicitly promoting e-cigarettes. But the government campaign during October […]

Court ruling not needed to withdraw care, judge says

Image copyright Getty Images Legal permission will no longer be required to end care for patients in a permanent vegetative state, a judge has ruled. Until now, even if medics and relatives agree to withdraw nutrition from a patient, a judge must also consent. But a landmark decision by Mr Justice Jackson means those cases […]

Nine in 10 GPs rated good or outstanding

Image copyright Science Photo Library Nine in 10 GP surgeries in England have been rated as good and outstanding by inspectors. It means general practice is the highest performing sector in the NHS, according to the Care Quality Commission ratings, above hospitals, mental health and social care. But inspectors did flag up safety concerns at […]

Chronic fatigue therapy ‘could help teenagers’, study says

Image copyright Thinkstock A training programme tested on children with mild or moderate chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can reduce fatigue and increase attendance at school, a small study from the University of Bristol suggests. The Lightning Process, a type of brain therapy, was used alongside specialist medical care. But ME charities said they did not […]

UK scientists edit DNA of human embryos

UK scientists edit DNA of human embryos

Image copyright Kathy Niakan Image caption The genetic machinery needed to modify the DNA is injected into the embryo The blueprint for life – DNA – has been altered in human embryos for the first time in the UK. The team at the Francis Crick Institute are unravelling the mysteries of the earliest moments of […]

Life-extending lung cancer nivolumab drug approved

Image copyright Getty Images A life-extending lung cancer drug will be made immediately available to NHS patients in England, say advisers. Campaigners, including the late Sunday Times restaurant critic AA Gill, have repeatedly called for access to the pioneering immunotherapy, which can add months to life. Scotland already offers nivolumab to people with advanced disease […]

Quarter of 14-year-old girls ‘have signs of depression’

Quarter of 14-year-old girls ‘have signs of depression’

Image copyright Catherine Perrin-Griffiths A quarter of girls and nearly one in 10 boys show signs of depression at the age of 14, say UK researchers. The government-funded study of over 10,000 young people looked at how many experienced the signs of depression not a clinical diagnosis of one. Being from a poorer background or […]

Hernia mesh surgery leaves men in pain

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mesh is the NHS’s ‘recommended method’ for treating groin hernias A group of men have said they have been left in chronic pain and made to feel hopeless after having mesh inserted during surgery for hernias. The men, who have formed a self-help group in Northern Ireland, are calling […]

Miscarriage study points to IVF success chances

Image copyright Science Photo Library Mothers-to-be who miscarry during the first round of IVF are more likely to have a baby with further treatment than those who did not get pregnant, researchers have said. The University of Aberdeen study looked at data for more than 100,000 women. The results showed that those who miscarried during […]

Nadiya Hussain opens up about her panic disorder ‘monster’

Image caption Nadiya Hussain said her “monster” is “always there” Nadiya Hussain has spoken about her constant struggle with a panic disorder, saying her “whole life revolves around not falling apart”. Speaking on John Bishop’s TV show, the former Bake Off winner described her condition as “a monster”. And she said she hadn’t become “a […]

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