Hip implant patients sue manufacturer

Image copyright Getty Images Hundreds of people who received allegedly faulty hip replacements are suing the manufacturer at the High Court. The hearing is thought to be one of the largest product liability group actions ever heard in the UK. DePuy denies that its metal-on-metal implants were defective and caused some patients to need more […]

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

Image copyright Alamy “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 boost for […]

Why I secretly taped my disability assessment

Image caption Nev Cartwright has been left with complications including chronic infections and emphysema. Every month 60,000 ill and disabled people have their needs assessed for benefits. Some are so worried about the process that they are using mobile phones to secretly record those interviews, critics say. But using that evidence to overturn a decision […]

Magic mushrooms can ‘reset’ depressed brain

Image copyright Getty Images A hallucinogen found in magic mushrooms can “reset” the brains of people with untreatable depression, raising hopes of a future treatment, scans suggest. The small study gave 19 patients a single dose of the psychedelic ingredient psilocybin. Half of patients ceased to be depressed and experienced changes in their brain activity […]

NHS praised after racist tweet about sickle cell disease sufferers

Image caption NHS Blood and Transplant received the racist response after tweeting an appeal for more black donors to come forward The NHS has been praised for its response to a racist comment on Twitter regarding black blood donors. NHS Blood and Transplant tweeted an appeal for more black donors to help black people with […]

Girl’s lung collapsed after screaming at One Direction

Image copyright Getty Images A 16-year-old fan’s ‘lung collapsed’ after she screamed too much at a One Direction concert, an emergency doctor told the BBC. The girl became short of breath during the concert but continued cheering “because she was a super fan”. When she attended the hospital straight afterwards, they found air had leaked […]

DNA study provides insight into how to live longer

Image copyright Getty Images Every year spent in education adds an average of 11 months to people’s lifespan, say scientists. The researchers say a person loses two months for every kilogram overweight they are – and seven years for smoking a packet of cigarettes a day. Unusually, the Edinburgh university team found their answers by […]

‘First female nipple’ broadcast in daytime TV advert for breast cancer

Image copyright CoppaFeel! Image caption The CoppaFeel! advert encourages people to check themselves for signs of breast cancer The first advertisement to appear on UK daytime television with a female nipple fully visible has been broadcast, with the full advert being shown on Monday. Created for the CoppaFeel! charity, it is being shown during Breast […]

Norfolk and Suffolk mental health trust back in special measures

Image caption The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is based at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich A mental health trust has been put back in special measures after its board “failed” to address serious concerns raised since 2014, a report says. The Care Quality Commission (CQC), which rated the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust […]

‘Psychotic nympho’ Halloween outfit criticised by psychiatrists

A fancy dress company has been criticised by psychiatrists for selling a Halloween costume they say stigmatises mental illnesses. Escapade’s “psychotic nympho” dress has straitjacket sleeves, a lace-up collar and optional face paint for the “seductive goth” look. The Royal College of Psychiatrists said it was one of the worst examples of such an outfit […]

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