Vaccines for three deadly viruses fast-tracked

Vaccines for three deadly viruses fast-tracked

Image copyright AMI IMAGES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Scientists have named three relatively little-known diseases they think could cause the next global health emergency. A coalition of governments and charities has committed $460m to speed up vaccine development for Mers, Lassa fever and Nipah virus. They are asking funders at the World Economic Forum Davos for another […]

Addenbrooke’s out of special measures due to staff ‘dedication’

Addenbrooke’s out of special measures due to staff ‘dedication’

Image copyright NASA Image caption Staff at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Maternity Hospital have been praised for their work in improving the trust’s rating One of the UK’s largest NHS trusts has been taken out of special measures thanks to the “dedication and skill” of staff, a report has said. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) […]

Referral centres cause ‘dangerous’ NHS delays, BMA warns

Referral centres cause ‘dangerous’ NHS delays, BMA warns

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The British Medical Association said referral management centres were “crude” and putting patients at risk NHS patients face “dangerous” treatment delays due to a 10-fold increase in “crude, expensive” referral management centres, doctors have warned. The centres, sometimes run by private firms, vet GP referrals and decide if […]

Artificial intelligence predicts when heart will fail

Artificial intelligence predicts when heart will fail

Image copyright MRC LMS Image caption The software creates a virtual heart to predict the risk of death Artificial intelligence can predict when patients with a heart disorder will die, according to scientists. The software learned to analyse blood tests and scans of beating hearts to spot signs that the organ was about to fail. […]

Eating disorders can strike in mid-life

Eating disorders can strike in mid-life

Image copyright Julie Spinks Eating disorders, including anorexia and bulimia, affect a small but substantial number of women in their 40s and 50s, UK research suggests. The study, involving more than 5,000 women, found just over 3% reported having an eating disorder. Some said they had experienced it since their teens, others developed it for […]

Frances Cappuccini Caesarean death caused by hospital failures

Frances Cappuccini Caesarean death caused by hospital failures

Image copyright PA Image caption Frances Cappuccini died at Tunbridge Wells Hospital in October 2012 “Failures, inadequate diagnosis and treatment” resulted in a woman’s death after childbirth, a coroner has ruled. Frances Cappuccini, 30, suffered a fatal haemorrhage at Tunbridge Wells Hospital where she had her second son Giacomo by emergency Caesarean in 2012. Coroner […]

NHS patient caught selling his drugs in undercover film

A patient has been caught in an undercover BBC film illegally selling prescription drugs which cost the NHS £10,000 a year. The man charged BBC reporter Jonathan Gibson £250 for a box of Enbrel, a specialist arthritis drug. He said he was prescribed a box every four weeks and sold any that went unused. Read […]

Doctors warn over cancer op cancellations amid NHS "pressure"

Doctors warn over cancer op cancellations amid NHS "pressure"

Senior doctors say they are concerned about the number of cancer patients having their operations cancelled amid “tremendous pressure” facing the NHS in England this winter. Ian Eardley, from the Royal College of Surgeons, said a shortage of beds was one of the causes. Such surgery is usually protected under treatment time guidelines, he added. […]

GPs urged to commit to seven-day service or lose funding

Media captionDr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA: “It’s an insult” Some GPs in England have been warned they could lose extra funding if they fail to meet their commitments to keeping surgeries open for longer. The government wants surgeries to open between 08:00 and 20:00, seven days a week, unless they can prove the demand is not […]

Major alerts ‘at many hospitals’

Media captionHospital patient Mick Johnson filmed “chaos” in local A&E ward on 30 December More than four in 10 hospitals in England declared a major alert in the first week of the new year as they encountered unprecedented pressures. Sixty-six out of 152 trusts raised the alarm as mounting bed shortages led to large numbers […]