‘I lost five babies due to husband’s violent nightmares’

‘I lost five babies due to husband’s violent nightmares’

Image copyright Roberts family Image caption Andrew Roberts with his three children Army widow Lindsey Roberts says she has had five miscarriages after her husband Andrew, who had PTSD, mistakenly hit her during his nightmares. Now, she is taking up a legal case against the Ministry of Defence. “His first physical nightmare didn’t happen until […]

Kit Kat sugar content to be cut by 10%, says Nestle

Kit Kat sugar content to be cut by 10%, says Nestle

Image copyright Reuters Chocolate bars including famous brands such as Kit Kat, Yorkie and Aero will contain 10% less sugar by next year, manufacturer Nestle has announced. The sugar will be replaced with higher quantities of existing ingredients or other, non-artificial ingredients, and the amount of calories will be limited. It means about 7,500 tonnes […]

Father ties baby’s umbilical cord with shoelaces

Father ties baby’s umbilical cord with shoelaces

Image copyright NWNewspix Image caption Baby Saphia was nearly two weeks overdue A father used his shoelaces to tie his daughter’s umbilical cord after her surprise arrival in the back of the family car. Paul Doherty and his wife Georgina were on their way to Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry when they had to pull in […]

Aimee was left disabled after contracting Group B Strep

Campaigners are calling for all mums to be screened for Group B Strep in a bid to help save lives and prevent babies being left with disabilities. Early Onset Group B Strep is a bacteria carried by mums which can be passed onto babies. In most cases it is harmless, but it can cause meningitis, […]

NHS protest: Tens of thousands march against ‘hospital cuts’

NHS protest: Tens of thousands march against ‘hospital cuts’

Image copyright AFP Tens of thousands of people – including NHS workers, campaigners and union representatives – have marched in London to protest against “yet more austerity” in the health service. Protesters on the #OurNHS march wanted to draw attention to plans which could see hospital services in nearly two-thirds of England cut back. Union […]

Sleep problems mounting in children

Media captionThe parents of restless toddler Elise try out a new bedtime routine Hospital attendances in England for children under 14 with sleep disorders have tripled in 10 years, according to NHS data analysed by BBC Panorama. Ten times more prescriptions of common sleep medication melatonin have also been written for children and adults under […]

Artificial ’embryos’ created in the lab

Artificial ’embryos’ created in the lab

Image caption Stem cells coordinate to produce the embryo Scientists have created “artificial embryos” using stem cells from mice, in what they believe is a world first. The University of Cambridge team used two types of stem cells and a 3D scaffold to create a structure closely resembling a natural mouse embryo. Previous attempts have […]

Buying medications online ‘can put health at risk’

Buying medications online ‘can put health at risk’

Image copyright SPL People should be wary of buying medications on the internet after an investigation found “widespread failings” at some online providers, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said. The watchdog inspected 11 internet prescription services in England, finding some “potentially presenting a significant risk to patients”. The regulator said while some providers were […]

NHS ‘overcharged’ by drug makers’ non-compete deal, says CMA

NHS ‘overcharged’ by drug makers’ non-compete deal, says CMA

Image copyright Getty Images Two pharmaceutical firms have been accused of pushing up the price of a “lifesaving” NHS drug by striking a deal not to compete with each other. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said in provisional findings that Actavis and Concordia fixed the market for hydrocortisone tablets. The drug is used to […]

Parents battle doctors to keep baby on life support

Parents battle doctors to keep baby on life support

Image copyright PA Image caption Charlie’s rare disease has left him unable to cry and made him deaf, the High Court heard The parents of a six-month-old baby are challenging doctors in court to keep their son on life support. Connie Yates and Chris Gard’s son, Charlie, is receiving 24-hour treatment at London’s Great Ormond […]