Swedish anti-abortion midwife sues officials in job claim

Swedish anti-abortion midwife sues officials in job claim

Image copyright Tv4 Image caption Ellinor Grimmark’s complaint has become a test case in Swedish healthcare A Swedish midwife who refuses to carry out abortions is appealing to a labour tribunal after being turned down for jobs at local clinics three times. Ellinor Grimmark objects to abortions because of her Christian beliefs. It is seen […]

UK has ‘stark inequalities in child health’, report says

UK has ‘stark inequalities in child health’, report says

Image copyright Thinkstock Child health in the UK is falling behind that of many other European countries, a major report says. It raises particular concerns over rates of obesity, mental health issues and mortality among the young. The in-depth report, from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, emphasised that poverty was at the […]

Ambulance services ‘not coping’ as demand rises

Ambulance services ‘not coping’ as demand rises

Image copyright iStock Ambulance crews are finding it “increasingly difficult to cope”, an audit of the service in England says. The warning by the National Audit Office comes just two months after a BBC investigation highlighted increasing delays answering 999 calls. The NAO said rising demand, recruitment problems and wider NHS pressures meant crews were […]

Patient payment proposals for extra GP care

Patient payment proposals for extra GP care

Image caption NHS England said it was working to combat stress among GPs GPs should be able to charge patients for some procedures such as vasectomies and mole removals, proposals by Dr Prit Buttar, of the Oxfordshire local medical council, suggest. He says the plans would allow GPs to increase the overall money available to […]

Campaign to adopt Wales’ organ donation law in England

Campaign to adopt Wales’ organ donation law in England

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Adults in Wales are regarded as having allowed organ donation unless they have opted out A campaign for Wales’ organ donation laws to be adopted in England has been launched by a mother whose daughter needed a transplant. Wales became the only nation in the UK to introduce a “deemed […]

Sex is painful for nearly one in 10 women, study finds

Sex is painful for nearly one in 10 women, study finds

Image copyright Thinkstock Nearly one in 10 British women finds sex painful, according to a big study. The survey of nearly 7,000 sexually active women aged 16 to 74, in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, suggests this medical problem – called dyspareunia – is common and affects women of all ages. Women […]

Personality linked to ‘differences in brain structure’

Personality linked to ‘differences in brain structure’

Image copyright ZEPHYR/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Our personality traits are linked to differences in the thickness and volume of various parts of our brains, an international study has suggested. Those with thicker and less wrinkled outer layers of the brain tended to have more neurotic tendencies, the study of scans of 500 people found. Open-minded people […]

Volunteers are cuddling vulnerable babies

Volunteers are cuddling vulnerable babies

Vulnerable babies born addicted to painkillers or heroin are being soothed through their first difficult weeks by volunteers whose sole task is simply to cuddle them. Programmes in hospitals and care facilities across the US have been inundated by people keen to offer physical comfort to the infants as they go through the withdrawal process. […]

Bed-blocking patient evicted after two years ‘did not want to stay’

Bed-blocking patient evicted after two years ‘did not want to stay’

Image copyright Adriano Guedes Image caption Adriano Guedes spent more than two years in James Paget hospital in Norfolk A patient who was evicted from a hospital after spending more than two years in a bed said he did not want to stay and “tried to get out of there”. Adriano Guedes, 63, was admitted […]

Fertility couple win landmark fatherhood ruling

Fertility couple win landmark fatherhood ruling

A couple left “devastated” when they were caught in a legal bind after their fertility treatment documents were lost have won a landmark High Court ruling. The pair became parents to twins born after using a sperm donor in Nottingham but consent forms went missing. It meant they could not register the father on the […]

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