New ambulances rolled out for obese patients

New ambulances rolled out for obese patients

Image copyright SECAMB Image caption Ambulances across the country have been modified Ambulance services across England have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds to ensure vehicles can cope with a growing number of obese patients. Bariatric ambulances are specially-designed and equipped in response to a 10-fold spike in hospital visits linked to obesity in the […]

Poorest at greater risk from heavy drinking, says study

Poorest at greater risk from heavy drinking, says study

Media captionThe study found a link between socioeconomic status and ill health caused by alcohol The poorest in society are more likely to suffer the health repercussions of excessive drinking, according to a new study. Researchers found that heavy drinkers from deprived areas are at a greater risk of dying or becoming ill due to […]

‘Heart attack risk’ for common painkillers

‘Heart attack risk’ for common painkillers

Image copyright Science Photo Library A fresh study suggests there may be a link between taking high doses of common anti-inflammatory painkillers – such as ibuprofen – and heart attacks. The paper, published in The BMJ, builds on a previous body of work linking these drugs to heart problems. This research suggests the risk could […]

Judge criticises ‘inhuman’ separation of elderly couples

Judge criticises ‘inhuman’ separation of elderly couples

Image copyright Getty Images Separating elderly couples against their wishes when one or both move to care homes must end, Britain’s most senior family judge has said. Sir James Munby said it was “simply inhumanity” that couples who have spent decades together can be separated in their final years, the Times reports. In a speech […]

Baby brain scans reveal trillions of neural connections

Baby brain scans reveal trillions of neural connections

Image copyright The Developing Human Connectome Project Image caption The scans show anatomical connections in the developing brain UK scientists have released the first batch of “groundbreaking” medical scans that reveal step-by-step how the human brain develops in babies. Researchers around the world can use the data to understand what healthy growth looks like, say […]

Southern Health faces Connor Sparrowhawk drowning charges

Southern Health faces Connor Sparrowhawk drowning charges

Image copyright JusticeforLB Image caption Connor Sparrowhawk, 18, who died at a Southern Health facility, had epilepsy and experienced seizures An NHS trust is to be prosecuted over the drowning of an 18-year-old patient at one of its facilities, the BBC has learned. Connor Sparrowhawk suffered an epileptic fit while in a bath at Slade […]

Concern over rise in acne drug use

Concern over rise in acne drug use

Image copyright stock_colors/Getty Campaigners fear too many young people are being put on the powerful anti-acne drug Roaccutane, which has been linked with suicidal feelings. NHS prescriptions have risen steadily in recent years, despite awareness of the risks. Doctors wrote nearly 49,000 prescriptions for the tablets in England in 2016. In 2014 the figure was […]

Smoking may be banned in new council homes, says health expert

Smoking may be banned in new council homes, says health expert

Image copyright Getty Images Smoking could be banned in some new council homes in a bid to protect the health of children, a UK public health expert has said. Under the proposals, tenants would be asked to sign an agreement not to light up inside their home. President of the Faculty of Public Health, Prof […]

Husband slept in same room as wife’s body for six days

Husband slept in same room as wife’s body for six days

Image copyright Paul Clark Image caption Russell Davison was left “heartbroken” after the death of his wife Wendy A man has revealed how he slept in the same room as his wife’s body for six days after she died. Wendy Davison, 50, died at home in Derby last month after a 10-year battle with cervical […]

Terminally ill nurse continues to care for girl, 12

Terminally ill nurse continues to care for girl, 12

Image copyright RCNI Image caption Joanna O’Toole has continued to look after 12-year-old Amelie Chen, despite her diagnosis A terminally ill nurse has continued to care for a severely ill child despite being diagnosed with cancer herself. Joanna O’Toole, from Manchester, has looked after 12-year-old Amelie Chen, who has a rare debilitating syndrome, for the […]