UK ‘in grip of worst flu season since 2011’

UK ‘in grip of worst flu season since 2011’

Image copyright Getty Images The UK is in the grip of its worst flu season for seven years, figures show. All parts of the UK have seen rises in suspected flu cases since the turn of the year with Wales seeing the sharpest – close to a fourfold increase in GP visits to 64.9 cases […]

Angelina Jolie gene testing for all?

Angelina Jolie gene testing for all?

Image copyright Getty Images Testing all women for the “Angelina Jolie gene”, even if not considered at risk, would prevent cancers, save lives and is cost effective, say doctors. The Hollywood actress had her breasts, ovaries and fallopian tubes removed due to the high risk of cancer in her case. Women tend to be offered […]

Noel Conway: Terminally ill man granted assisted dying appeal

Noel Conway: Terminally ill man granted assisted dying appeal

Image copyright PA Image caption Noel Conway was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2014 A terminally ill man who wants to be helped to die has been granted permission to take his case to appeal. Two judges from the Court of Appeal said there should be a full hearing of 68-year-old Noel Conway’s case. […]

Pressure ‘easing’ on busy A&E units

Pressure ‘easing’ on busy A&E units

Image copyright Getty Images Pressures on busy A&E units have begun to ease in England, but hospitals still remain over-crowded, NHS figures show. Latest weekly data up to last Sunday showed the number of times ambulances have been delayed waiting outside A&E fell by nearly a quarter to 12,500. Bed closures due to the vomiting […]

Chemistry ‘Van Gogh’ could help with cancer

Chemistry ‘Van Gogh’ could help with cancer

Image copyright ICR Image caption RNA polymerase III surrounding DNA “Incredible” images of DNA in action have been captured by scientists who will use them to design cancer drugs. Researcher Dr Alessandro Vannini said the pictures were “beautiful” and in artistic comparisons were “definitely a Van Gogh”. They capture a fundamental part of all plant […]

NHS ‘haemorrhaging’ nurses as 33,000 leave each year

NHS ‘haemorrhaging’ nurses as 33,000 leave each year

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS is “haemorrhaging” nurses with one in 10 now leaving the NHS in England each year, figures show. More than 33,000 walked away last year, piling pressure on understaffed hospitals and community services. The figures – provided to the BBC by NHS Digital – represent a rise of 20% since […]

NHS ‘haemorrhaging’ nurses as 33,000 leave each year

NHS ‘haemorrhaging’ nurses as 33,000 leave each year

Image copyright Science Photo Library The NHS is “haemorrhaging” nurses with one in 10 now leaving the NHS in England each year, figures show. More than 33,000 walked away last year, piling pressure on understaffed hospitals and community services. The figures – provided to the BBC by NHS Digital – represent a rise of 20% […]

Cost legacy of decades-old NHS blunders begins to rise

Cost legacy of decades-old NHS blunders begins to rise

Image copyright HORD FAMILY Image caption Thomas Hord’s family fought for seven years to win a six-figure payout for his life-long care needs NHS medical blunders dating back more than two decades are still costing millions of pounds a year in compensation, it has emerged. The negligence bill for mistakes made before 1995 – mainly […]

Man ruptures throat by stifling a sneeze

Man ruptures throat by stifling a sneeze

Image copyright Getty Images Stifling a sneeze by clamping your nose and mouth shut can cause serious physical damage, doctors are warning. Medics in Leicester treated a 34-year-old man who ruptured his throat while trying to stop a high-force sneeze. With nowhere to escape, the pressure ripped through the soft tissue, and although rare and […]

Employers urged to ‘normalise’ menopause in the workplace

Employers urged to ‘normalise’ menopause in the workplace

Media captionWhat’s the menopause really like? Employers need to do more to “normalise conversations” about the menopause in the workplace, say experts. The comments came after a BBC survey found 70% of respondents did not tell their bosses they were experiencing symptoms. Some firms have brought in menopause-specific policies but experts said for many it […]