Can sweat patches revolutionise diabetes?

Can sweat patches revolutionise diabetes?

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have developed a sensor that can monitor blood sugar levels by analysing sweaty skin. But rather than a gym-soaked t-shirt, it needs just one millionth of a litre of sweat to do the testing. The team – in South Korea – showed the sensor was accurate and think it could […]

Cancer treatments ‘not being trialled in children’

Cancer treatments ‘not being trialled in children’

Image copyright JENNIFER KELLY Children with cancer could be missing out on potentially life-saving drugs because EU regulations allow drug companies to opt out of running trials in children, cancer experts say. Since 2012, 62% of approved EU cancer drugs were not tested on under-18s. But cancer scientists say the rules should be changed so […]

Weight-loss surgery for 500kg woman in India

Weight-loss surgery for 500kg woman in India

Image copyright Saifee Hospital Image caption Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty after the surgery An Egyptian woman, believed to be the world’s heaviest at 500kg (1,102lb), has undergone weight reduction surgery in India. A spokesperson at Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital said Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 36, had lost 100kg after the operation. “We are trying […]

‘My mum makes money from her illness’

‘My mum makes money from her illness’

Image copyright Judy Perkins and Jane Patterson Image caption Ruth Angove (left) and Jane Patterson’s mother (right) “An Alice in Wonderland situation” is how one woman has described her elderly mother’s social care provision where she is given more money each month than she can spend. Another says her mother has not received a penny […]

How I overcame fat-shaming

How I overcame fat-shaming

Image caption Jenniefer was overweight The idea of stepping into a gym used to make Jenniefer Gadsby, from Leeds, petrified. Exercising when you are overweight can be daunting, and the fat-shaming attitudes of others do not help. New research out this week shows people who feel discriminated against because of their weight are far less […]

Calling me fat won’t make me fit

Calling me fat won’t make me fit

Image caption Jenniefer was overweight The idea of stepping into a gym used to make Jenniefer Gadsby, from Leeds, petrified. Exercising when you are overweight can be daunting, and the fat-shaming attitudes of others do not help. New research out this week shows people who feel discriminated against because of their weight are far less […]

Why young people are now less likely to smoke

Why young people are now less likely to smoke

Image copyright iStock All age groups in the UK are smoking less – but the largest decrease is among 18- to 24-year-olds, according to the Office of National Statistics. Why is that? Fewer start smoking The latest figures, for 2015, suggest one in every five (20.7%) 18- to 24-year-olds is a smoker. In 2010, this […]

‘I lost five babies due to husband’s violent nightmares’

‘I lost five babies due to husband’s violent nightmares’

Image copyright Roberts family Image caption Andrew Roberts with his three children Army widow Lindsey Roberts says she has had five miscarriages after her husband Andrew, who had PTSD, mistakenly hit her during his nightmares. Now, she is taking up a legal case against the Ministry of Defence. “His first physical nightmare didn’t happen until […]

Kit Kat sugar content to be cut by 10%, says Nestle

Kit Kat sugar content to be cut by 10%, says Nestle

Image copyright Reuters Chocolate bars including famous brands such as Kit Kat, Yorkie and Aero will contain 10% less sugar by next year, manufacturer Nestle has announced. The sugar will be replaced with higher quantities of existing ingredients or other, non-artificial ingredients, and the amount of calories will be limited. It means about 7,500 tonnes […]

Father ties baby’s umbilical cord with shoelaces

Father ties baby’s umbilical cord with shoelaces

Image copyright NWNewspix Image caption Baby Saphia was nearly two weeks overdue A father used his shoelaces to tie his daughter’s umbilical cord after her surprise arrival in the back of the family car. Paul Doherty and his wife Georgina were on their way to Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry when they had to pull in […]