Weekend camping resets body clock

Weekend camping resets body clock

Image copyright University of Colorado Boulder Image caption The researchers dragged volunteers on to a camping trip in the midst of a Colorado winter Spending a weekend out camping resets the clock inside our bodies that influences sleeping habits, scientists at a US university have discovered. The team argue that time in the great outdoors […]

Eye burn injuries risk to children from liquitabs ‘on the rise’

Eye burn injuries risk to children from liquitabs ‘on the rise’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The products contain strong alkalines which result in chemical burns Parents are being urged to store liquid detergent tablets safely after US research found eye injuries in young children had gone up 30-fold in the past few years. When the liquid squirts into children’s eyes, or is rubbed […]

Sudden death warning over faulty heart gene

Sudden death warning over faulty heart gene

Image copyright SPL An estimated 620,000 people in the UK have a faulty gene that puts them at risk of developing coronary heart disease or sudden death, and most are unaware, a charity has warned. The British Heart Foundation said the figure was 100,000 more than had been thought and could be even higher. It […]

‘Health tourists’: Action urged to recover NHS costs

‘Health tourists’: Action urged to recover NHS costs

Image copyright PA Image caption NHS patients from overseas should pay for hospital treatment The government must take “urgent action” to recover more money for treating so-called health tourists, a group of MPs has said. A Public Accounts Committee report says the system for recouping costs from overseas patients is “chaotic”. Chairwoman Meg Hillier attacked […]

Completely ‘locked-in’ patients can communicate

Completely ‘locked-in’ patients can communicate

Image copyright Wyss Center Image caption “Patient W” was one of the people to take part in the trial Patients with absolutely no control over their body have finally been able to communicate, say scientists. A brain-computer interface was used to read the thoughts of patients to answer basic yes-or-no questions. One man was able […]

More patients placed in mixed-sex wards in England

More patients placed in mixed-sex wards in England

Image copyright SPL Image caption Fines were introduced in 2011 for hospitals that place patients in mixed-sex wards The number of patients placed in mixed-sex wards in England has risen by almost 70% in the last year. Statistics from NHS England show 7,163 patients were put in the wards in 2016, up from 4,248 in […]

Cancer drugs price rise ‘costing NHS millions’

Cancer drugs price rise ‘costing NHS millions’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Tamoxifen is used to treat breast cancer UK prices for generic cancer drugs have risen sharply in the past five years, restricting their use in treating NHS patients, research from the European Cancer Congress has found. Drugs such as tamoxifen and bulsufan are now 10 times more expensive […]

Robots could help solve social care crisis, say academics

Robots could help solve social care crisis, say academics

Image copyright Picasa Image caption The robots will be able to communicate through gestures and speech Humanoid robots, with cultural awareness and a good bedside manner, could help solve the crisis over care for the elderly, academics say. An international team is working on a £2m project to develop versatile robots to help look after […]

Shark-inspired drug may help treat fibrosis, researchers say

Shark-inspired drug may help treat fibrosis, researchers say

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A blood sample was extracted from a wobbegong shark, similar to this one Australian scientists hope a drug that mimics part of a shark’s immune system may help treat an incurable lung disease. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) scars lung tissue, causing breathing to become progressively harder. It kills more […]

Girls lose faith in their own talents by the age of six

Girls lose faith in their own talents by the age of six

Image copyright Thinkstock Girls start to see themselves as less innately talented than boys do when they are only six years old, a group of US researchers has said. They said the “disheartening” results suggested the problem could snowball to affect future careers. The study on 400 children, in the journal Science, initially found both […]