Artificial ’embryos’ created in the lab

Artificial ’embryos’ created in the lab

Image caption Stem cells coordinate to produce the embryo Scientists have created “artificial embryos” using stem cells from mice, in what they believe is a world first. The University of Cambridge team used two types of stem cells and a 3D scaffold to create a structure closely resembling a natural mouse embryo. Previous attempts have […]

Health watchdog warns over online medication sales

Health watchdog warns over online medication sales

Image copyright SPL The Care Quality Commission has warned people to be careful when considering buying medications on the internet. The watchdog’s inspection of some online prescription services in England revealed significant concerns over patient safety. The regulator said some well-run providers offered a convenient and effective form of treatment. But some sites put patients […]

NHS standing on burning platform, inspectors warn

NHS standing on burning platform, inspectors warn

Image copyright stockvisual Safety at four in five hospital trusts in England is not good enough, a leading hospital inspector has warned. Professor Sir Mike Richards says that the NHS stands on a “burning platform” and that the need for change is clear. His warning follows a review which said staffing and overcrowding were major […]

Four in five hospitals ‘not safe enough’ in England

Four in five hospitals ‘not safe enough’ in England

Image copyright stockvisual Safety at four in five hospital trusts in England is not good enough, inspectors say. Staffing and overcrowding are major concerns – and they warned that patients are at risk as hospitals faced unprecedented pressures. The Care Quality Commission review also highlighted delays getting tests and treatments and poor care of life-threatening […]

Pregnant women with severe sickness ‘not told of treatments’

Pregnant women with severe sickness ‘not told of treatments’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption There are varying degrees of severe pregnancy sickness, and women with the worst cases are confined to bed Two-thirds of women experiencing extreme sickness in pregnancy are not given enough information or the drugs to treat it, charities say. In a survey of nearly 400 women with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), […]

Baby born four months early survives surgery at Tooting hospital

Media captionAbiageal only weighed 1.3lb (609g) when she had the operation A baby born four months early has been taken home by her parents after surviving pioneering surgery. Abiageal Peters was born at 23 weeks, weighing just over 1lb and suffering from a ruptured intestine. She became the youngest patient ever to be operated on […]

Swedish mum’s battle against sugar goes viral

Swedish mum’s battle against sugar goes viral

Image copyright Sara Jonasson, KalmarPosten Image caption Anna Larsson decided to cut down the amount of sugar in her daughter’s diet, and was amazed by the result A Swedish mother’s successful stand against sugar has turned her into a social media sensation. Anna Larsson decided to cut out sweet treats after realising how bad her […]

Carrie Wright: Leeds hospital trust pay out over blunder

Carrie Wright: Leeds hospital trust pay out over blunder

Image copyright Family photo Image caption Carrie Wright had very limited speech and required an electric wheelchair after suffering severe brain damage The mother of a nine-year-old girl, who died after suffering severe brain damage during a heart operation, has been given £430,000 in compensation. Carrie Wright, from Hull, was cooled down for two hours […]

Hepatitis C charity took drug industry funding

Media captionZoe Sharam bought her hepatitis C drugs off the internet. A charity that tried to force the NHS to buy more of an expensive hepatitis C treatment received large amounts of money from the drug’s manufacturer, the Victoria Derbyshire show has found. The Hepatitis C Trust has taken £200,000 in grant funding from US […]

Early warning signs of heart attacks ‘being missed’

Early warning signs of heart attacks ‘being missed’

Image copyright SPL Early warning signs may have been missed in one in six heart attack deaths in England, a study suggests. Researchers looked at all heart attack hospital admissions and deaths between 2006 and 2010. The team, from Imperial College London, found 16% who died of a heart attack within 28 days of an […]