Sugary drinks levy will earn schools £415m

Sugary drinks levy will earn schools £415m

Image copyright PA Image caption The levy on sugary drinks will fund physical and mental health projects in school The levy on sugary drinks will provide £415m for sports and healthy eating in England’s schools, says Education Secretary Justine Greening. Every school will be allocated funds to help with facilities for mental health as well […]

NHS misplaced half a million patient documents

NHS misplaced half a million patient documents

Image copyright SPL NHS England is investigating whether any patients have been harmed by an administrative mix-up. Some 500,000 documents containing medical information, including cancer test results, were mistakenly put in storage rather than being sent to the GP or filed in the patients’ records. An investigation is under way, focusing on the estimated 2,500 […]

World’s most threatening superbugs ranked in new list

World’s most threatening superbugs ranked in new list

Image copyright SPL The World Health Organization has drawn up a list of the drug-resistant bacteria that pose the biggest threat to human health. Top of the list are gram-negative bugs, such as E. coli, which can cause lethal bloodstream infections and pneumonia in frail hospital patients. The list will be discussed ahead of this […]

Caroline Wyatt: MS ‘brain fog’ lifted after stem cell treatment

Caroline Wyatt: MS ‘brain fog’ lifted after stem cell treatment

Image caption Wyatt flew to Mexico after being turned down for a trial on the NHS BBC journalist Caroline Wyatt has spoken of how the “brain fog began to lift” after she had pioneering treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS). The former BBC defence correspondent was deemed unsuitable for an NHS trial and paid $60,000 (£48,000) […]

Maps reveal schizophrenia ‘hotspots’ in England

Maps reveal schizophrenia ‘hotspots’ in England

Maps have revealed “hotspots” of schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses in England, based on the amount of medication prescribed by GPs. The analysis by the University of East London showed North Kesteven, in Lincolnshire, had the highest rates. The lowest rate of schizophrenia prescriptions was in East Dorset. However, explaining the pattern across England is […]

Straight women have fewest orgasms

Straight women have fewest orgasms

Image copyright Thinkstock Heterosexual women have fewer orgasms than men or lesbian or bisexual women, a study suggests. The findings came from a study of 52,600 people in the US, exploring the “orgasm gap” between the genders and different sexual orientations. The report in Archives of Sexual Behaviour revealed a “variety of behaviours couples can […]

Greater Manchester patients to get seven-day GP access

Greater Manchester patients to get seven-day GP access

Image copyright SPL Image caption Around 2,500 in A&E could be treated elsewhere, health bosses say A £41m plan to give everyone in Greater Manchester seven-day GP access has been approved. The GM Health and Social Care Partnership Board said the move would make 24/7 urgent primary care provision easier for patients to access. The […]

Fasting diet ‘regenerates diabetic pancreas’

Fasting diet ‘regenerates diabetic pancreas’

Image copyright SPL The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers. Restoring the function of the organ – which helps control blood sugar levels – reversed symptoms of diabetes in animal experiments. The study, published in the journal Cell, says the diet reboots the body. Experts […]

Anorexia ‘improved by electrode therapy’

Anorexia ‘improved by electrode therapy’

Image copyright PASIEKA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Deep brain stimulation – implanting electrodes deep in the brain – could be a new way to treat severe anorexia nervosa, a Canadian study suggests. Scientists studied 16 people with severe anorexia and found the treatment helped reduce depression and anxiety and in some cases prompted weight gain. Researchers say […]

Fruit and veg: For a longer life eat 10-a-day

Fruit and veg: For a longer life eat 10-a-day

Image copyright iStock Eating loads of fruit and vegetables – 10 portions a day – may give us longer lives, say researchers. The study, by Imperial College London, calculated such eating habits could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths each year. The team also identified specific fruit and veg that reduced the risk of cancer and […]