Heatwave blamed for record A&E attendances in England

Heatwave blamed for record A&E attendances in England

Image copyright Getty Images The heatwave is being blamed for record numbers of people going to A&E in England in July. As temperatures soared, attendances reached more than 2.1 million – the highest since records began in 2010. The number of patients waiting more than a year for non-urgent surgery also rose to their highest […]

Gel and acrylic nails allergy warning

Gel and acrylic nails allergy warning

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Allergic reactions from gels and pastes can cause a rash anywhere they touch the body Skin experts are warning a chemical found in gel, gel polish and acrylic nails can cause an allergic reaction. Methacrylate chemicals can cause a severe, itchy rash anywhere on the body, not just the […]

Regular exercise ‘best for mental health’

Regular exercise ‘best for mental health’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption All types of exercises were found to improve mental health no matter people’s age or gender Regular physical activity lasting 45 minutes three to five times a week can reduce poor mental health – but doing more than that is not always beneficial, a large US study suggests. A […]

Amin Abdullah: Nurse who set himself on fire ‘unfairly dismissed’

Amin Abdullah: Nurse who set himself on fire ‘unfairly dismissed’

Media captionSuicide nurse’s name cleared ‘too late’, says partner An NHS nurse who set himself on fire after being dismissed from his job was “treated unfairly”, a report has found. Amin Abdullah, 41, who died after dousing himself in petrol outside Kensington Palace in February 2016, had lost his job at Charing Cross Hospital. An […]

Footballer heart death risk ‘underestimated’

Footballer heart death risk ‘underestimated’

Image copyright Getty Images The risk of footballers dying because their heart stops beating is higher than experts thought, a study suggests. There have been high-profile deaths, including that of Marc-Vivien Foe while playing for Cameroon aged 28. Former England defender Ugo Ehiogu, who was a Spurs coach, died last year aged 44. The study, […]

Why stealthy viruses are making you ill

Why stealthy viruses are making you ill

Image copyright Getty Images A trick used by viruses to make us sick – “stealth spheres” – has been discovered by scientists. It had been thought viruses were all lone wolves, each on a solo campaign of infection. Instead they can form “packs” of up to 40 viruses and surround themselves with a fatty sphere […]

Beauticians dropped from new cosmetic filler register

Beauticians dropped from new cosmetic filler register

Image copyright Science Photo Library Beauticians have been banned from joining a new register designed to make getting injected with fillers safer. The voluntary register was opened by the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners in April to everyone trained to a high standard. But now it will include only those with medical training, after doctors […]

HIV tests for sale on High Street for first time

HIV tests for sale on High Street for first time

Image copyright PA HIV self-testing kits are now available to buy on the High Street for the first time, a retailer has announced. Superdrug said it is now selling the BioSURE test, which provides a result in 15 minutes, in all of its 200 pharmacy stores in the UK for £33.95. It had previously been […]

Women ‘need to know egg freezing risk’

Women ‘need to know egg freezing risk’

Media caption“Why I chose to freeze my eggs” Women who freeze their eggs need to be aware of the “relatively low success rates” of becoming pregnant, a leading gynaecologist has said. With more women freezing eggs past the age of 35, when chances of conceiving fall, Prof Adam Balen said: “Egg freezing does not guarantee […]

UK among worst for life expectancy rises

UK among worst for life expectancy rises

Image copyright Getty Images Increases in life expectancy in the UK have stalled and the slowdown is one of the biggest among 20 of the world’s leading economies, ONS data shows. Rises in life expectancy dropped from 12.9 weeks per year for women from 2006 to 2011 to 1.2 weeks per year from 2011 to […]