Parents’ anger at baby deaths NHS trust

Parents’ anger at baby deaths NHS trust

Image copyright Kotchkiss family Image caption Sophiya Hotchkiss was born prematurely An NHS trust at the centre of an investigation into its maternity services has been accused of failing to properly investigate the deaths of at least two babies. Jack Burn and Sophiya Hotchkiss died within six months of each other. Both families say their […]






FGM charge for Detroit doctor Jumana Nagarwala in US first

FGM charge for Detroit doctor Jumana Nagarwala in US first

Image copyright Henry Ford Hospital Image caption Dr Nagarwala mutilated girls aged between six and eight, prosecutors say A doctor in the US city of Detroit has been charged with carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls in what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the country. Prosecutors […]






Nurses consider whether to strike over low pay

Nurses consider whether to strike over low pay

Image copyright Science Photo Library The Royal College of Nursing is assessing the mood for strike action in protest over pay. The largest nursing union is asking 270,000 members across the UK whether they want to strike before deciding whether to issue a formal ballot. It says a combination of pay freezes and caps on […]






Dying man Noel Conway can fight right-to-die law

Dying man Noel Conway can fight right-to-die law

Image caption Noel Conway was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2014 A terminally ill man has won the right to bring a High Court challenge over the law on assisted dying. Noel Conway, 67, asked the Court of Appeal to overturn a decision that prevented a judicial review over the blanket ban on providing […]






Private cancer therapy ‘crowdfunding rise’

Private cancer therapy ‘crowdfunding rise’

Image caption Liz Sheppard has been crowdfunding treatment for cancer There has been a big leap in the number of cancer patients turning to crowdfunding to pay for treatments not available on the NHS, figures seen by BBC Radio 5 live suggest. Data from JustGiving shows that 2,348 appeals were set up by cancer patients […]






Antibiotics ‘seen using brute force to kill bugs’

Antibiotics ‘seen using brute force to kill bugs’

Image copyright SCIENCE PICTURE CO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Scientists say they have witnessed antibiotics using brute, mechanical force to rip apart and kill hard-to-treat bugs. Researchers suggest these aggressive tactics – seen for the first time – could be used to build more effective antibiotics in the future. And this could help tackle the problem of […]






Misophonia: Scientists crack why eating sounds can make people angry

Misophonia: Scientists crack why eating sounds can make people angry

Image copyright Olana Tansley-Hancock Image caption Olana Tansley-Hancock has spent more than two decades with misophonia Why some people become enraged by sounds such as eating or breathing has been explained by brain scan studies. The condition, misophonia, is far more than simply disliking noises such as nails being scraped down a blackboard. “I feel […]






Weekend camping resets body clock

Weekend camping resets body clock

Image copyright University of Colorado Boulder Image caption The researchers dragged volunteers on to a camping trip in the midst of a Colorado winter Spending a weekend out camping resets the clock inside our bodies that influences sleeping habits, scientists at a US university have discovered. The team argue that time in the great outdoors […]






Eye burn injuries risk to children from liquitabs ‘on the rise’

Eye burn injuries risk to children from liquitabs ‘on the rise’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The products contain strong alkalines which result in chemical burns Parents are being urged to store liquid detergent tablets safely after US research found eye injuries in young children had gone up 30-fold in the past few years. When the liquid squirts into children’s eyes, or is rubbed […]






UK’s national sperm bank stops recruiting donors

UK’s national sperm bank stops recruiting donors

Image copyright Thinkstock The UK’s first national sperm bank has stopped recruiting donors less than two years after its launch, it has emerged. The National Sperm Bank said it was unable to fund further donor recruitment, having successfully only taken on seven men. It was set up in October 2014 with a government grant to […]






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