Extra baby scan ‘spots brain problems’

Extra baby scan ‘spots brain problems’

Image copyright SPL Image caption An MRI scan of a foetus 27 weeks into the pregnancy Detailed MRI scans should be offered to some women in pregnancy to help spot brain defects in the developing baby, say researchers. Ultrasounds are already used to look inside the womb and check that the baby is growing properly. […]

‘Wrong baby’ security fears at Royal London Hospital

‘Wrong baby’ security fears at Royal London Hospital

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some babies at The Royal London Hospital were given no name tags. A maternity unit has been ordered to improve security due to fears parents could “leave with the wrong baby”. The Royal London Hospital has been told by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that “lax” checking of name […]

‘Gender-biased infections’ may exist

‘Gender-biased infections’ may exist

Image copyright Thinkstock Viruses can evolve to become more aggressive in men than in women – at least in theory, a study suggests. The report, published in Nature Communications, argues there is a benefit to a virus “going easy” in women as it helps it spread. Some infections are known to be less deadly in […]

PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May social care ‘crisis’ clash

PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May social care ‘crisis’ clash

Media captionJeremy Corbyn tells Theresa May: ‘Get a grip and fund it properly please’ Elderly people are being left isolated because of a “crisis made in Downing Street” over social care funding, Jeremy Corbyn claimed. The Labour leader urged Theresa May to replace a corporation tax cut with cash to cover social care costs as […]

NHS ‘must be more open on preventable patient deaths’

NHS ‘must be more open on preventable patient deaths’

Image copyright Sara Ryan Image caption Connor Sparrowhawk’s family raised concerns about how his death was investigated NHS trusts will start revealing details of preventable deaths as part of shake-up in the way they investigate cases. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said there needed to be improvements after a report criticised the way the NHS dealt […]

AA Gill: Final article describes cancer treatment

AA Gill: Final article describes cancer treatment

Image copyright Getty Images Sunday Times restaurant critic AA Gill described how the NHS could not give him a potentially life-extending cancer treatment in his final article. The columnist died on Saturday aged 62, three weeks after revealing he had the “full English” of cancers. Gill, writing in the Sunday Times magazine, said his oncologist […]

Doctors call for ban on diesel engines in London

Doctors call for ban on diesel engines in London

Image caption Doctors, medical students and health workers gathered along Euston Road to protest the use of diesel engines in London A campaign led by medical professionals is calling for all diesel cars to be banned from London. Doctors Against Diesel claim 9,400 Londoners a year die prematurely from breathing in toxic fumes from diesel […]

Vomiting bug ‘at high level this winter’

Vomiting bug ‘at high level this winter’

Image copyright Thinkstock The number of people falling ill with the vomiting bug norovirus in England this winter is at higher than average levels, figures suggest. Lab testing has revealed there have been 1,704 cases so far – 9% higher than the average seen at this stage in the previous five winters. This will be […]

Lucy Pasha-Robinson was given an induced menopause at 25

Journalist Lucy Pasha-Robinson suffered with endometriosis, a disease where cells like those in the womb appear elsewhere in a woman’s body. It can cause severe pain, and in some cases infertility. As part of her treatment Lucy was given injections to cause her – temporarily – to go through the menopause. She tells Radio 4’s […]

Vomiting bug ‘at high level this winter’

Vomiting bug ‘at high level this winter’

Image copyright Thinkstock The number of people falling ill with the vomiting bug norovirus in England this winter is at higher than average levels, figures suggest. Lab testing has revealed there have been 1,704 cases so far – 9% higher than the average seen at this stage in the previous five winters. This will be […]