Mental health: Firms ask PM to deliver on pledge

Bosses ask the PM to honour a pledge to give it the same status as physical health in the workplace.
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Allied Healthcare to transfer care contracts

The home care provider was warned this month by the care regulator about its financial sustainability.
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Flu vaccine delays for over-65s ‘resolved by weekend’

Patients and GPs have been frustrated by shortages following the staggered supply of the vaccine.
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NHS bosses look to overhaul cancer screening

The announcement comes the day after an “appalling” cervical-screening blunder hits more than 40,000 women.
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Thousands caught up in ‘appalling’ cervical screening blunder

More than 40,000 women have not received information after a failure to send out letters.
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Call for UK ban on ‘grotesquely sugary’ freakshakes

Action on Sugar surveyed milkshakes on sale in the UK – one contained 39 teaspoons of sugar.
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Briton dies from rabies after cat bite in Morocco

The individual was on holiday in Morocco, a country deemed high risk by public health officials.
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‘I was in excruciating pain from excess iron’

Too much iron in the blood, or haemochromatosis, is a little-known, debilitating condition, often undiagnosed.
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NHS outpatients service ‘stuck in the 18th Century’

Doctors says the system of running outpatient appointments is outdated and frustrates their patients.
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‘Remarkable’ decline in fertility rates

Half of the world’s countries now have too few babies being born to maintain their populations.
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Diabetes prescriptions now cost NHS £1bn, figures show

Experts say the costs reflect a huge rise in the number of people with type 2 diabetes.
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Megan Lee: Takeaway bosses jailed over nut allergy death

Megan Lee, 15, suffered irreversible brain damage from a takeaway containing peanut protein.
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Major home care provider future ‘at risk’

Allied Healthcare delivers services to over 13,000 older and vulnerable people across the UK.
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NHS prevention plan aims to boost life expectancy

Look after yourself better, says the health secretary, as he launches a plan to help people live longer.
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Glowing chemical ‘could aid brain cancer surgery’

A chemical that makes brain tumours glow could help surgeons safely remove brain cancer, a study suggests.
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IVF fertility treatment success ’causes fall in adoptions’

The adoption process is also “far too slow”, the boss of the service representing children in care says.
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UK’s ‘unhealthiest’ High Streets revealed

Grimsby was the most unhealthy, with Edinburgh topping the healthiest list of 70 major towns and cities.
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‘Don’t be taken in by anti-vaccine myths on social media’

Parents should ignore the myths and get their children vaccinated, the chief medical officer says.
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Pharma company charged over baby feed ‘contamination’

ITH Pharma is a manufacturer of nutrition given to babies in neonatal intensive care units.
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Unpublished medical research ‘a threat to public health’

Medical decisions are being made without the results of key clinical trials, according to a group of MPs.
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Malaria: Sniffer dogs to help in fight to eradicate disease

The animals recognise tell-tale aromas using clothes from people infected with the disease.
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Plymouth hospital in ‘pioneering’ deal with private health company

The trust said the deal would reduce waiting times but Labour called it ‘front door privatisation’.
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Are supplements safe and do they work?

What are some of the dangers of supplements and how beneficial are they for our health?
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New ‘Trojan horse’ antibiotic promising

It uses a clever trick to sneak inside bacteria in order to kill the bugs.
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Mum’s voice makes better smoke alarm for children

Many more children woke up to a voice-based alarm than a traditional one, a study found.
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Two unborn babies’ spines repaired in womb in UK surgery first

A team of 30 surgeons in London operated on the babies weeks before they were born.
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Will folic acid ever be added to UK flour?

After repeated calls by health campaigners, the government says it will now consult on the issue.
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Why to be wary of eating ‘pink’ lamb

The Food Standards Agency says hundreds of people have become ill after eating the undercooked meat.
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Flu vaccine delays for NI over-65s

Manufacturing constraints mean some jabs won’t be available until late November, says chief medical officer.
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Doctors ‘need to start early conversation with patients about dying’

They shouldn’t shy away when patients want to talk about the end of their lives, a report says.
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Depressed? The places not to live if you need help

NHS talking therapy service is failing patients in one in seven areas of England, BBC analysis shows.
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Baby box safety doubts raised by experts

They say babies should only sleep in them temporarily, with cots and Moses baskets thought to be safer.
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‘Miracle’ baby whose heart stopped for 22 minutes turns one

Doctors say Lacey’s recovery is remarkable and defies the odds – and she should live a normal life.
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Bill Turnbull: Cancer chemo treatment was ‘unbearable’

The presenter says he watched all 67 episodes of Game of Thrones “to pass the time” during treatment.
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Dance lessons for the lonely – on the NHS

GPs in England are to prescribe “social” activities, such as dance and cookery lessons, to tackle loneliness.
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New checks to crack down on free prescription fraud

Checking eligibility before drugs are issued could halve false claims in England, the government says.
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Terminal breast cancer patients ‘abandoned’ in nurse shortage

Thousands of incurable cancer patients are “being denied a dedicated specialist nurse”.
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NHS waste scandal firm has been ‘vilified’, boss says

It comes after Healthcare Environmental Services was stripped of NHS waste handling contracts.
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Severe obesity four times more likely in poor primary schools

Pupils in England’s poorest areas are four times more likely to be severely obese, the latest data shows.
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World Mental Health Day: PM appoints suicide prevention minister

Theresa May says “too many lives” are being taken, as she pledges £1.8m in funds for the Samaritans.
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NHS waste scandal: Handler stripped of contracts

Healthcare Environmental Services had been collecting clinical waste, including body parts.
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‘Higher levels of PTSD among veterans’, says study

Experts point to a loss of support when leaving the army as a probable cause of increased stress.
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Child mental health referrals up 26% in five years, says report

But a substantial number of children are failing to meet thresholds for treatment, a report says.
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Staff ‘afraid to question care’ at Shropshire baby death trust

A former nurse says there was no culture of learning at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.
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NHS waste backlog: Criminal probe over body parts ‘pile-up’

A waste disposal firm was not able to incinerate body parts and other waste collected from hospitals.
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Digital pregnancy tests recalled over inaccurate results

More than 58,000 Clear & Simple tests are affected and have been distributed in the UK.
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Processed meat ‘linked to breast cancer’

The findings come from a review of 15 studies involving more than one million women.
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Antidepressant withdrawal ‘hits millions’

Nearly two million people in England experience bad side-effects when coming off the tablets, experts say.
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Landmark cancer therapy wins Nobel prize for medicine

Two scientists working on immune treatments for cancer have won the 2018 prize for physiology or medicine.
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HIV/Aids: China reports 14% surge in new cases

The vast majority of new cases were transmitted through sex. not blood transfusion as in the past.
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EpiPen users told they can use some devices past normal expiry date

People with severe allergies are advised they can extend their use of certain devices by four months.
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Placenta complications: ‘Women must know the risks’

Previous caesareans and IVF can also increase the risk for expectant mothers, experts say.
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Ambulances not an A&E taxi service, NHS warned

Review criticises ageing fleet, high sickness rates and slow uptake of technology in England.
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Contaminated blood scandal: We are sorry, says government

Lawyers for the government tell public inquiry, “things happened that should not have happened”.
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Life expectancy progress in UK ‘stops for first time’

Improvements have ground to a halt for the first time since records began, in 1982, ONS data shows.
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Contaminated blood scandal: Inquiry ‘must uncover truth’

Inquiry hears emotional testimonies by patients caught up in the “worst-ever NHS treatment disaster”.
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Shropshire hospitals baby deaths review cases rise to over 100

Baby and mother deaths, as well as birth injuries, are being reviewed at hospitals in Shropshire.
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‘I gave birth, and got Hepatitis C’

When Jackie Britton was given a blood transfusion during childbirth, it could have killed her.
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NHS to save ‘hundreds of millions’ in landmark drug ruling

Doctors say the savings could amount to significant improvements in patient care.
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‘Don’t go cold turkey’ to quit smoking

The annual Stoptober campaign launches with a warning to seek help when trying to kick the habit.
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Yoghurts (even organic ones) ‘full of sugar’

Public told not to be lulled into thinking yoghurts are as healthy as many assume.
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Pregnancy weight gain ‘going unmeasured’

Midwives want clear advice about how much weight is healthy for women to put on during pregnancy.
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Deaths spiked during UK heatwave

When temperatures went up in England this summer, so did deaths, Office for National Statistics data shows.
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‘Aspirin-a-day risky in old age’ – major study

Major study suggests elderly people in good health should not take the drug every day.
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Vapers rise ‘to more than three million’ in Britain

Some still believe e-cigarettes are as harmful as smoking, a public health charity says.
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‘My girl’s meningitis was diagnosed as ear infection’

A charity warns the NHS must be more vigilant over deadly meningitis and sepsis cases.
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Cancer waiting times ‘at worst level ever’ in England

The key 62-day target for treatment to start has not been hit since December 2015 in England.
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Women ‘struggling to access contraception’

Doctors warn that contraceptive access is at a “crossroads”, with services being cut across England.
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Middle-aged should have ‘drink-free’ days, say campaigners

The campaign comes as drinkers say cutting back on alcohol is harder than eating healthily or exercising.
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Dementia patients ‘come alive’ in singing classes

Pauline Goodger was amazed when mum Alma, 90, “sang from memory” at the sessions in Nottingham.
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Lung transplant waiting list rise prompts donation plea

Ageing donors and the challenge of matching organs mean lungs are in short supply.
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Inquiry after 54 deaths at Russells Hall Hospital’s A&E

Inspectors raised concerns after examining Russells Hall Hospital’s death records.
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‘Gross failure’ in Kayden Urmston-Bancroft death

Kayden Urmston-Bancroft died of natural causes “contributed to by neglect”, a coroner concludes.
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Deal for NHS to offer exciting new child cancer therapy

The cutting-edge treatment is expensive but could potentially cure children with advanced leukaemia.
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Doctors told to ditch Latin and use ‘plain English’

Doctors must learn a new skill – writing letters that are easier for patients to understand, guidelines say.
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‘Without a heart donor I might not make it’

Gareth Evans has needed a new heart for nine years – showing how more donors are needed, the NHS says.
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Record demand for sexual health services amid spending cuts

Clinics in England say they are struggling to meet a huge increase in visits.
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Artificial intelligence used to predict cancer growth

A new technique picks out patterns in DNA mutation within cancers to forecast future genetic changes.
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Numbers of elderly in 24-hour care set to double by 2035

The social care system is “at breaking point”, a local government official warns.
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Government proposes energy drinks ban for children

High levels of sugar and caffeine have been linked to obesity and other health issues.
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Fifth of 14-year-old girls in UK ‘have self-harmed’

Stereotypes around gender and worries about looks contribute to children’s unhappiness, a report says.
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Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba: GMC boss told position is ‘untenable’

A union leader claims doctors’ confidence in the GMC has collapsed over the Hadiza Bawa-Garba case.
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‘I vomit 30 times a day’ – Caitlin’s dilemma

Perth teenager Caitlin White says all the options of treatment open to her come with health risks.
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Procrastination – it’s all in the mind

Scans show differences in the brains of those who love to put things offs compared with the “doers”.
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Abortion pill can be taken at home in England, under new plan

The change means women will be able to take the second abortion pill at home rather than in a clinic.
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No alcohol safe to drink, global study confirms

The researchers say that the health risks of drinking outweigh any possible benefits.
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Use honey first for a cough, new guidelines say

Antibiotics should rarely be given for coughs – in most cases they do little to help, officials say.
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Children ‘getting sight problems because of eye test delays’

A quarter of school-age children have not had a test, putting them at risk of sight problems, a survey finds.
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Steam treatment for big prostates approved on NHS

NHS hospitals can start offering it to men with benign prostate enlargement, says regulator.
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Measles cases hit record high in Europe

More than 41,000 people have been infected with measles in the first six months of 2018.
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Child passive smoking ‘increases chronic lung risk’

A study shows higher risk of fatal lung disease in adults exposed to cigarette smoke in childhood.
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Rise in type 2 diabetes in young people in England and Wales

Child health experts say the rise is “alarming” and more should be done to reduce obesity.
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E-cigarettes can be key weapon against smoking, say MPs

E-cigarettes are much less harmful than tobacco and shouldn’t be treated the same way, MPs warn.
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The radio ‘saved my little girl’s life’

A large trial in Burkina Faso suggests listening to the radio could improve child health.
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Struck-off Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba wins appeal to work again

Dr Bawa-Garba was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence following the death of a young boy.
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The unpleasant reason men navigate better than women

Scientists show innate ability is not the explanation for men navigating better than women.
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Weedkiller glyphosate ‘doesn’t cause cancer’ – Bayer

The new owner of the Monsanto group insists glyphosate use is safe despite a cancer payout.
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Bowel cancer screening to start earlier at age 50 in England

This will lower the starting age by 10 years in some areas and bring England in line with Scotland.
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Heatwave blamed for record A&E attendances in England

A&E attendances in England in July were at the highest level since records began in 2010.
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Women ‘need to know egg freezing risk’

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists warns about low success rates and high costs.
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Women doctors ‘best for female heart patients’

Heart attack patients are more likely to survive if they are treated by a female doctor, a study suggests.
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UK among worst for life expectancy rises

Increases to life expectancy in the UK have stalled since 2011, data from the ONS reveals.
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Opt-out organ donation ‘in place by 2020’ for England

Adults in England will be presumed to consent to donating their organs under “Max’s Law”.
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Vaginal thrush ‘a growing problem worldwide’

Three out of four women develop thrush at least once and 6% suffer repeatedly, scientists say.
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Surgeons’ ‘toxic’ rows added to mortality rate, says report

A report into the cardiac unit at a London hospital said the team was consumed by a “dark force”.
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Facebook and Instagram introduce time limit tool

Users will be able to restrict time spent on the app, but some people say it doesn’t go far enough.
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Life on steroids: ‘It’s my personal choice’

Inside a steroid clinic in Newport, south Wales – the first of its kind in the UK.
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Vagina rejuvenating therapies ‘pose serious risk’

These cosmetic procedures pose a serious risk of burns, scarring and recurring pain, warn experts.
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Supreme Court backs agreed end-of-life decisions

Legal permission will no longer be needed to end care for patients in a permanent vegetative state.
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Millions miss out on seven-day GP access

Government says it is on track to meet its target, but Labour says it has “broken its promises” on extended care.
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Scottish government to double funding for breastfeeding

An extra £2m is to be given to health boards in Scotland to offer help to mums who want to breastfeed their babies for longer.
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Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall reveals second miscarriage

The Queen’s granddaughter says it has been “too raw” to talk about until now.
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Scroll Free September: Social media users urged to log off

Social media users are being asked to try Scroll Free September, as part of a public health campaign.
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Older mothers: Brigitte Nielsen baby at 54 sparks debate

The numbers of older mothers are growing, but what are the health risks?
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‘Vindication’ for woman who wanted ME on death certificate

Merryn Crofts is only the second person in the UK to have the illness recorded on her death certificate.
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Gosport hospital deaths: Police announce new probe

Police will carry out a fourth investigation into the deaths of patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.
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Regular heatwaves ‘will kill thousands’

The current hot conditions could become the new normal for British summers within 30 years, MPs say.
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Nurses’ pay: Union chief apologises over mix-up

Nurses have complained on social media their pay went up by much less than their union had promised.
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HPV jab will be given to boys, government says

Adolescent boys in England will now get the vaccine for which girls are already eligible.
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‘Dangerous complacency’ to global HIV epidemic risks resurgence

The response to the global HIV pandemic is risking a resurgence of the disease, experts warn.
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Private firms cash in on over-stretched NHS

Hospitals, ambulances and mental health services are spending £1bn a year on care from outside the NHS.
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HPV jab should be given to boys, committee says

Adolescent boys as well as girls should get the vaccine, an advisory committee says.
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Editing human embryos ‘morally permissible’

An independent inquiry gives go-ahead to genetically altering human embryos, but advises caution.
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Hot summer leading to ‘toxic’ algae

Blooms have flourished during the warm spell but they pose a health risk to humans and animals.
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Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.7bn damages in talc cancer case

It is the largest payout over allegations that Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products cause cancer.
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Heatwave causes spike in insect bite calls to NHS

Horsefly bites are painful and can lead to a skin infection that may require antibiotics, say doctors.
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Seven-year-old granted cannabis licence

It is the first time a long-term license for the use of the drug is granted in the UK under the new panel system.
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The eye doctor who could not see the stars

Dr Andrew Bastawrous has invented an app that has been shown in clinical trials to help more children see clearly.
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Mencap wins ‘unaffordable’ overnight back pay appeal

The charity argued it would be forced out of business by a £400m bill for the past six years.
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Emerging sex disease MG ‘could become next superbug’

It can lead to an infection of the reproductive organs in women that can cause infertility.
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Immediate stop to NHS mesh operations

Mesh must not be routinely used to treat women with stress urinary incontinence, NHS England told.
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Womb cancer: ‘I could have suffered less with earlier diagnosis’

It is the fourth most common cancer in UK women but few know the symptoms to look out for.
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HIV vaccine shows promise in human trial

The “mosaic” vaccine produced an anti-HIV immune-system response in tests on 393 people.
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Supermarkets recall frozen vegetables over listeria fears

A major supplier to UK supermarkets recalls 43 products over fears they contain the bacteria listeria.
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‘I never thought I’d be alive to pay back my huge debt’

A mental health charity says people with debt problems are twice as likely to develop major depression.
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Swansea beach BBQ burns skin off feet of boy aged two

“His blisters had to be burst and the damaged skin scraped off,” the boy’s mother said.
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Billy Caldwell: Emergency medicine licence enables boy to return to NI

NI health department issues emergency licence allowing doctors to treat young boy with medicinal cannabis.
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Nurse Lucy Letby arrested over Chester Hospital baby deaths

Detectives are searching a house connected to Lucy Letby after the deaths of eight babies at a hospital.
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Sperm quality improved by adding nuts to diet, study says

Men who ate about two handfuls of nuts a day improved sperm count and vitality, a study finds.
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Countess of Chester Hospital: Woman held in baby deaths probe

A healthcare professional is being held over the deaths of eight babies at a Cheshire hospital.
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Should Love Island surgery ads be banned?

The head of NHS England is concerned cosmetic surgery adverts in Love Island put pressure on viewers.
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Artificial ovary fertility treatment developed by scientists

The treatment is aimed at women who are at risk of becoming infertile, such as those who receive chemotherapy.
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NHS planning ‘extensively’ for no-deal Brexit

The boss of NHS England says ensuring medical supplies continue is “right at the top of the list”.
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Gosport hospital deaths: Nurses were ‘making patients comfortable’

More than 450 patients died after being prescribed painkillers at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.
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NHS England to stop ‘ineffective’ treatments

Tonsils removal and breast reductions are among 17 procedures that will be offered to fewer patients.
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Seeing the same doctor over time ‘lowers death rates’

Continuity of care really is a matter of life and death, a review of studies suggests.
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Deprived areas ‘have five times more fast food outlets’

Local authorities should restrict planning applications for fast food outlets, Public Health England says.
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Patients criticised for rating GPs’ looks on social media

Images are being shared without doctors’ consent, the British Medical Association’s annual meeting hears.
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Tax over-40s for old age care, say MPs

The cross-party groups also say retired people with generous pensions and investments should pay too.
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NHS ‘poor’ on treating deadly illnesses

The UK system criticised on its track record of caring for heart attacks, strokes and cancer.
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University student suicide rates revealed

The Office for National Statistics publishes higher education suicide rates for the first time.
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Child obesity plan targets sweets at checkouts

New measures also aim to limit junk food ads and end the sale of energy drinks to children.
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Cyan colour hidden ingredient in sleep

Adding or removing the colour cyan can have an impact on sleep, according to biologists.
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WHO gaming disorder listing a ‘moral panic’, say experts

Experts say the WHO’s decision risks “pathologising” a behaviour that is harmless for most people.
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Cases of cancer in elderly to surge by 2035, report says

By 2035 about 234,000 over-75s will get cancer each year – up from 130,000 now, a report estimates.
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Gosport hospital deaths: Prescribed painkillers ‘shortened 456 lives’

There was “disregard for human life” in prescribing drugs at the Gosport hospital, a report finds.
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Medicinal cannabis use to be reviewed by government

But Home Secretary Sajid Javid says the ban on recreational use of the drug will continue.
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