More than half of UK vapers ‘have given up smoking’

More than half of UK vapers ‘have given up smoking’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some people argue that e-cigarettes are more or equally as harmful as smoking tobacco For the first time, more than half of the UK’s electronic-cigarette users have since given up smoking tobacco, a study suggests. Some 1.5 million vapers are ex-smokers, compared with 1.3 million who still use tobacco, […]

General election 2017: Conservatives pledge to end mental health ‘injustice’

General election 2017: Conservatives pledge to end mental health ‘injustice’

Image copyright Getty Images The 1983 Mental Health Act would be replaced with new laws tackling “unnecessary detention” under Tory plans for England and Wales. The Equalities Act would also be reformed to tackle discrimination against those with mental health problems as part of their plans. The Conservatives pledge 10,000 more NHS mental health staff […]

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson inquiry pledge from Tories

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson inquiry pledge from Tories

Image copyright SWNS Image caption Ian Paterson was convicted of intentionally wounding nine women and one man The Conservatives have pledged to hold an inquiry into the actions of disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson, if the party is returned to power. Paterson, 59, who exaggerated or invented cancer risks in patients, was convicted of 17 […]

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $110m in US talc cancer case

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $110m in US talc cancer case

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption J&J says it defends the safety of its baby powder product Pharmaceutical firm Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been ordered by a US court to pay more than $110m (£85m) to a woman who says she developed ovarian cancer after using its talcum powder. Lois Slemp, 62, from Virginia, […]

Student mental health costs should be free, according to the Royal College of GPs

Student mental health costs should be free, according to the Royal College of GPs

Charges for mental health prescriptions for students should be scrapped, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has told Newsbeat. If you’re 19 or over and study in England you must pay £8.60, the prescription rate, for each item. According to official figures, one in 50 students in England has registered a mental health condition with […]

Prostate cancer: Blood test could help target treatment

Prostate cancer: Blood test could help target treatment

Image copyright PA Image caption MRI scanners are used to detect prostate cancer A blood test has been developed that could help target treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer. Cancer researchers in Europe analysed blood from 265 men with the disease. They found those with multiple copies of a particular gene did not respond […]

Female shop mannequins are ‘medically unhealthy’ and ‘unrealistic’

Female shop mannequins are ‘medically unhealthy’ and ‘unrealistic’

The bodies of female shop mannequins are “unrealistic”, a new study in the Journal of Eating Disorders suggests. Researchers looked at the displays in female fashion shops in two UK cities. They concluded that if people were the same size as the mannequins they would be “considered medically unhealthy”. “There is clear evidence showing that […]

Non-O blood group ‘linked to higher heart attack risk’

Non-O blood group ‘linked to higher heart attack risk’

Image copyright Science Photo Library People with a non-O blood group have a slightly increased risk of heart attack and stroke, research suggests. Scientists say it could be because higher levels of a blood-clotting protein are present in people with A, B and AB blood. The findings could help doctors better understand who is at […]

Smartphone ‘orders’ body to treat diabetes

Smartphone ‘orders’ body to treat diabetes

Image copyright J SHAO Scientists have used a smartphone to control the activity of the living cells inside an animal. The fusion of biology and technology was used to control blood sugar levels in mice with diabetes. The idea, described in Science Translational Medicine, could be applied to a wide range of diseases and drug […]

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson case: ‘Hundreds’ of other victims

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson case: ‘Hundreds’ of other victims

Image copyright SWNS Image caption Hospital authorities have been accused of failing to protect patients from Ian Paterson Hundreds of patients will seek compensation after a breast surgeon was convicted of carrying out needless operations, solicitors have said. Ian Paterson, 59, was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent, relating to nine women […]