Premature baby left to die alone in sluice room, report reveals

Premature baby left to die alone in sluice room, report reveals

Image copyright Steve Haslington/Geograph Image caption The review found mothers using the hospitals were put at “unacceptable risk” Hospital staff left a premature baby “in a sluice room to die alone” and misdiagnosed a mother who died from a “catastrophic haemorrhage” in two separate cases, a report has revealed. Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s review […]

Bumper load of new viruses identified

Bumper load of new viruses identified

Image copyright University of Sydney Image caption Viruses have been infecting invertebrates for possibly billions of years An international research team led from Australia and China has discovered nearly 1,500 new viruses. The scientists looked for evidence of virus infection in a group of animals called invertebrates, which includes insects and spiders. Not only does […]

‘Concern’ as study highlights aneurysm death rate

‘Concern’ as study highlights aneurysm death rate

Image copyright Thinkstock The death rate from abdominal aortic aneurysms is more than three times higher in England than in the US, analysis of official data shows. The weakening and swelling of the main blood vessel from the heart is normally fatal if it bursts. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, […]

Andrew Lansley warns of ‘difficult’ NHS years

Andrew Lansley warns of ‘difficult’ NHS years

Image copyright Science Photo Library A former health secretary says an “incredibly difficult” two years await the NHS and social care in England. Lord Lansley, health secretary from 2010-12, said he was “disappointed” that more funding was not announced in the Autumn Statement. Tory council leader Izzi Seccombe said funding was needed now and councils […]

Predatory bacteria can wipe out superbugs, says study

Predatory bacteria can wipe out superbugs, says study

Image copyright SPL Image caption Bdellovibrio can munch on other species of bacteria Predatory bacteria – that eat others of their kind – could be a new weapon in the fight against superbugs, say UK researchers. Experiments showed a dose of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus acted like a “living antibiotic” to help clear an otherwise lethal infection. […]

Ebola nurse ‘dishonestly concealed high temperature’

Ebola nurse ‘dishonestly concealed high temperature’

Image copyright PA Image caption Donna Wood arrived back in the UK on the same flight as Ebola survivor Pauline Cafferkey A nurse accused of falsifying the temperature of Ebola-infected colleague Pauline Cafferkey has been found to be dishonest in her actions. A disciplinary panel found that Donna Wood, a senior nurse, dishonestly suggested that […]

NHS cancer testing service ‘at breaking point’

NHS cancer testing service ‘at breaking point’

Image copyright SPL Tests for cancer diagnosis are under threat as labs struggle to cope with rising demand, a charity says. Without more staff to meet the demand, long waits for test results could become the norm, says Cancer Research UK. One in two of us will have cancer at some point, and getting it […]

Air pollution ’causes 467,000 premature deaths a year in Europe’

Air pollution ’causes 467,000 premature deaths a year in Europe’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Anti-pollution masks are becoming a more common sight in Europe’s polluted cities Air pollution is causing around 467,000 premature deaths in Europe every year, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned. People in urban areas are especially at risk, with around 85% exposed to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) at levels […]

Winter deaths ‘halve to 24,000’

Winter deaths ‘halve to 24,000’

Image copyright KatarzynaBialasiewicz There were 24,300 excess deaths in England and Wales last winter – about half the number of the previous year. This means the number of extra deaths from December to March fell to traditional levels after the spike seen during the winter of 2014-15. The extra deaths last winter represent a 15% […]

Secret film exposes care home failures

Secret film exposes care home failures

Media captionA nurse suggests morphine will make a resident “shut up” A series of shocking incidents in privately run residential nursing homes in Cornwall have been secretly filmed by the BBC. The Panorama undercover filming shows one nurse saying she will give morphine to a resident “to shut her up” – an event described by […]