Babies most likely to be born at 4am, study finds

Babies most likely to be born at 4am, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Four o’clock in the morning is the time most babies are born spontaneously in England, with the majority arriving between 01:00 and 07:00, a study shows. While planned C-section births tended to happen on weekday mornings, births after induced labours were more likely to occur around midnight. Overall, more than 70% […]

Gene therapy reverses rat’s paralysis

Gene therapy reverses rat’s paralysis

Media captionParalysed rat picks up sugar cube after gene therapy repairs spinal cord Scientists say they have taken a significant step towards the goal of giving paralysed people control of their hands again. The team at King’s College London used gene therapy to repair damage in the spinal cord of rats. The animals could then […]

Cannabis addiction ‘rising among women and over 40s’

Cannabis addiction ‘rising among women and over 40s’

Image copyright diego_cervo Image caption Cannabis addiction is rising among women Addiction to cannabis is rising among people above the age of 40, and women in particular, according to a study by the University of York. In the past 10 years, the number of women citing the drug as their sole concern at treatment centres […]

Gene therapy reverses rat’s paralysis

Gene therapy reverses rat’s paralysis

Media captionParalysed rat picks up sugar cube after gene therapy repairs spinal cord Scientists say they have taken a significant step towards the goal of giving paralysed people control of their hands again. The team at King’s College London used gene therapy to repair damage in the spinal cord of rats. The animals could then […]

Cannabis addiction ‘rising among women and over 40s’

Cannabis addiction ‘rising among women and over 40s’

Image copyright diego_cervo Image caption Cannabis addiction is rising among women Addiction to cannabis is rising among people above the age of 40, and women in particular, according to a study by the University of York. In the past 10 years, the number of women citing the drug as their sole concern at treatment centres […]

Hospital waiting list in England highest since 2007

Hospital waiting list in England highest since 2007

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people waiting for a hospital operation in England is at its highest for more than a decade An estimated 4.2m people are waiting to be seen – the highest since 2007. April’s figures also showed growing numbers waiting more than 18 weeks, the treatment target time, including people […]

Unfit in middle age: Are you doomed?

Unfit in middle age: Are you doomed?

Image copyright Getty Images Are you someone in middle age who keeps putting off that planned health kick for another day? If so, a couple of new studies may give you a sense of urgency. One paper found that elevated blood pressure in middle age increases the risk of dementia, while another says being frail […]

NHS groups welcome immigration change for doctors and nurses

NHS groups welcome immigration change for doctors and nurses

Image copyright Getty Images NHS groups have welcomed the decision to relax immigration rules to allow more doctors and nurses from outside the EU into the UK. The Home Office said foreign medics would be excluded from the government’s cap on skilled migration. NHS bosses said it would be a “huge relief” to health trusts […]

Could your medications be making you depressed?

Could your medications be making you depressed?

Image copyright Getty Images When you hear of a drug having side-effects you might think of a physical reaction like a rash or a headache. But according to a new US study, many commonly-prescribed drugs may increase the risk of depression. The list includes heart medications, birth control pills and some painkillers – things lots […]

Bottle feeding is a woman’s right, midwives told

Bottle feeding is a woman’s right, midwives told

Image copyright Science Photo Library If a woman decides not to breastfeed her baby it is her choice and must be respected, midwives are being told. The Royal College of Midwives’ new position statement makes it explicitly clear that women should be supported if, after being given advice, information and support, they opt to bottle […]