Birth complications ‘twice as common’ in some hospitals

Birth complications ‘twice as common’ in some hospitals

Image copyright Getty Images Women are twice as likely to suffer serious blood loss and severe tears during childbirth in some hospitals, according to an audit of maternity services in Great Britain. Third and fourth-degree tears occurred in one in 30 vaginal births but in some units in 2015-16 it was one in 15. The […]






‘Butterfly child’ given life-saving skin

‘Butterfly child’ given life-saving skin

Media captionHassan has been given a new genetically modified skin that covers 80% of his body A child has been given a new genetically modified skin that covers 80% of his body, in a series of lifesaving operations. Hassan, who lives in Germany, has a genetic disease – junctional epidermolysis bullosa – that leaves his […]






We want our Brexit cash boost – NHS boss

We want our Brexit cash boost – NHS boss

Image caption NHS England’s boss said trust in politics would be damaged if the NHS did not get more The health service should get the cash boost it was promised during the EU referendum, NHS England’s boss says. Simon Stevens used controversial claims used by Vote Leave – that the NHS could benefit by £350m […]






Check NHS cancer, A&E and operations targets in your area

The NHS is under unprecedented pressure. Rising numbers of patients need hospital care – whether in an accident and emergency department, for cancer treatment or for planned operations and care, such as knee and hip replacements. For each there are strict targets local services are expected to meet across the UK. But what are the […]






Dyslexia link to eye spots confusing brain, say scientists

Dyslexia link to eye spots confusing brain, say scientists

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption People with dyslexia have difficulty learning to read, write or spell French scientists say they may have found a potential cause of dyslexia which could be treatable, hidden in tiny cells in the human eye. In a small study they found that most dyslexics had dominant round spots […]






MPs reject call for vaginal mesh implants ban

MPs reject call for vaginal mesh implants ban

Image caption A group of 60 women met MPs in July to discuss their concerns over mesh implants The government has rejected a call for an inquiry and a ban on surgical mesh implants across the UK. It follows a debate on the matter by MPs in the House of Commons. A number of women […]






Pre-sex HIV drug ‘no-brainer’ for NHS

Pre-sex HIV drug ‘no-brainer’ for NHS

Image copyright Getty Images A drug to dramatically cut the risk of HIV infection during sex would save the UK around £1bn over the next 80 years, say scientists. The team at University College London says Prep, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a “no-brainer” for the NHS. The study predicts that giving Prep to men who […]






Chicken food poisoning levels falling

Chicken food poisoning levels falling

Image copyright PA The number of supermarket chickens contaminated with food poisoning bug campylobacter is continuing to fall, according to the Food Standards Agency. Figures from 2016-17 showed only 6.5% of fresh UK-produced chickens tested positive at the highest contamination level, down from 19.7% in 2014-15. And from April to July, the last period of […]






NHS patients to be asked about sexuality

NHS patients to be asked about sexuality

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption NHS England advises sexuality is recorded during “face to face contact” with patients Health professionals in England are to be told to ask patients aged 16 or over about their sexual orientation, under new NHS guidelines. NHS England said no-one would be forced to answer the question but recording […]






Hospitals in England to ban ‘super-size’ chocolate bars

Hospitals in England to ban ‘super-size’ chocolate bars

Image copyright Science Photo Library “Super-sized” chocolate bars are to be banished from hospital shops, canteens and vending machines, NHS England says. Sweets and chocolate sold in hospitals should be 250 calories or under, the head of the body says. Under the plans, most “grab bags” will be banned – with hospitals given a cash […]