Abortion should not be crime, says doctors’ union

Abortion should not be crime, says doctors’ union

Image copyright SGO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Doctors have backed decriminalising abortion, as momentum gathers to overhaul the 1967 Abortion Act. Currently women in England and Wales have to prove to a doctor that carrying on with the pregnancy is detrimental to health or wellbeing to get permission for a termination. Without permission, abortion is a criminal […]

Suntans on children ‘are not healthy’

Suntans on children ‘are not healthy’

Image copyright kotangens/getty A suntan is a sign of skin damage, not glowing health, NHS England and the Met Office are reminding parents in Britain just days after a heatwave. A survey suggests a third of parents mistakenly believe going brown is good for children. A quarter have even encouraged their children to tan. A […]

Tick saliva ‘gold mine’ blocks killer heart condition

Tick saliva ‘gold mine’ blocks killer heart condition

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ticks are masters at feeding without causing any pain or inflammation The saliva from ticks could be used to treat a dangerous kind of heart disease that can cause sudden death in young people, scientists say. Proteins in the saliva were found to be excellent at stopping inflammation of […]

Middle-aged workers ‘spend more time sitting than pensioners’

Middle-aged workers ‘spend more time sitting than pensioners’

Image copyright Getty Images Most middle-aged office workers now spend more time sitting down than pensioners, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh found 45 to 54-year-old Scots spend on average 7.8 hours per weekday sitting down. That compares to 7.4 hours of sedentary time for the over-75s. Sedentary time is […]

NHS hernia mesh repairs ‘leaving patients in chronic pain’

NHS hernia mesh repairs ‘leaving patients in chronic pain’

Media captionNHS hernia mesh felt like ‘scratching from inside’ NHS England is using mesh to repair hernias which leaves many patients in chronic pain, surgeons have told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. The concerns come after it emerged that more than 800 women are taking legal action against the NHS over the use of vaginal […]

Yemen faces world’s worst cholera outbreak – UN

Yemen faces world’s worst cholera outbreak – UN

Image copyright EPA Image caption No part of Yemen has been spared from the cholera outbreak, the UN says Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak anywhere in the world, the United Nations has warned. A statement by Unicef and the World Health Organization says the number of suspected cholera cases in the war-torn […]

UK’s first heart pump targets 2018 clinical trial

UK’s first heart pump targets 2018 clinical trial

Image caption Researchers have suggested heart pumps could help solve the shortage of heart donors The UK’s first artificial heart pump has moved a step closer to being used on patients, scientists have said. It has been developed at Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science 2 by Calon Cardio, and clinical trials are due to […]

‘Asthma is a killer – it took away my miracle daughter’

‘Asthma is a killer – it took away my miracle daughter’

Image copyright Mr and Mrs Dennis Image caption Olivia Dennis was 10 when she died from an asthma attack Lisa Dennis is looking at photos of her daughter Olivia – a blonde girl with a radiant smile. These are special moments, frozen in time. Olivia died four years ago, aged 10, after having an asthma […]

Danger map reveals health threat zone

Danger map reveals health threat zone

Image copyright EcoHealthAlliance South America is a hotbed of potential viruses that could be the next major threat to the world’s health, according to “danger maps”. The EcoHealth Alliance in New York looked at mammals, the viruses they harbour and how they come into contact with people. It revealed bats carry more potential threats than […]

‘Remarkable’ drop in new HIV cases among men

‘Remarkable’ drop in new HIV cases among men

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The numbers were based on 200 sexual health clinics in England For the first time, new diagnoses of HIV have fallen among men who have sex with men in England, according to data from Public Health England. They have decreased from 2,060 in 2014-15 to 1,700 in 2015-16, while […]

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