Green man road crossings ‘too fast’

Image copyright Getty Images The green man walking sign on pedestrian crossings may be too fast for elderly people to cross the road safely, suggest new draft guidelines for local councils. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence wants to make it easier for people with limited mobility to get out and about. Most […]

Johnson & Johnson faces $417m payout in latest talc case

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Johnson & Johnson said the safety of talc was supported by decades of scientific evidence Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $417m (£323.4m) to a woman who says she developed ovarian cancer after using products such as baby powder. The California jury’s decision marks the largest award […]

HIV home-testing kits warning

Image copyright Getty Images People should not use the Hightop HIV/Aids Home Test Kit, the medicines regulator has warned. It has seized 114 of the kits, which could be giving out unreliable results, from two suppliers in the UK. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) advises anyone who has used one in the […]

Matt Dawson’s life changed by a tick bite

Media captionThe former England rugby player tells 5 live that having Lyme Disease was “seriously debilitating” When former England rugby player Matt Dawson was bitten by a tick in a London park early last year, it caused a bacterial infection to spread through his body. “I had two days where I felt awful. Very feverish, […]

‘Safer’ Down’s syndrome test to be introduced in Wales

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Amniocentesis increases the risk of having a miscarriage A safer and more accurate test for Down’s syndrome is to be introduced for pregnant mothers in Wales, the Welsh Government has announced. Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) will be offered from 2018. The decision by the Welsh Government follows moves in […]

Solar eclipse 2017: What you need to know

Solar eclipse 2017: What you need to know

Media captionEclipse-chasing couple ready for backyard blackout On 21 August, more than seven million people across the US are expected to witness the first total solar eclipse to cross the North American continent from ocean to ocean since 1918. Due in part to some cosmic geometry, the Moon will momentarily obscure the Sun and cast […]

Stephen Hawking: I’m worried about the future of the NHS

Image copyright BBC/Richard Ansett Stephen Hawking says he is worried about the future of the NHS, attacking the impact of government policies and the health secretary in person. In a speech on Saturday, the Cambridge University scientist is expected to accuse Jeremy Hunt of “cherry-picking” evidence to support his policies. And he will also say […]

Peanut allergy treatment ‘lasts up to four years’

Image copyright Thinkstock An oral treatment for peanut allergy is still effective four years after it was administered, a study has found. Children were given a probiotic, with a peanut protein, daily for 18 months. When tested one month later, 80% could tolerate peanuts without any allergic symptoms and after four years, 70% of them […]

Time spent frail in old age ‘doubles’

Image copyright Getty Images The amount of time spent needing daily care at the end of life has doubled in England over the past two decades, a study suggests. The Newcastle University study found men spent 2.4 years on average needing regular care and women three years. This includes everything from help with washing and […]

Maternity ‘must improve’ at baby-deaths hospital trust

Image caption Overall care at the trust has improved but further work is required, the watchdog has said Maternity services at a health trust at the centre of a baby deaths inquiry must improve, inspectors have said. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered an investigation into the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust in April. A […]

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