Britain sleepwalking into care crisis, Ros Altmann warns

Britain sleepwalking into care crisis, Ros Altmann warns

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lady Altmann was pensions minister in David Cameron’s government Britain is in danger of “sleepwalking into a social care crisis”, a former pensions minister has warned. Ros Altmann called on the government to use tax breaks to help people save for care in later life, as she said the […]

Five-a-day fruit and vegetable advice ‘unrealistic’, says new GPs’ head

Five-a-day fruit and vegetable advice ‘unrealistic’, says new GPs’ head

Image copyright Thinkstock When it comes to fruit and vegetables, two-a-day, rather than five, might be more realistic advice to give families, says one of the UK’s leading doctors. The new chair of the Royal College of GPs, Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, says lots of people may struggle to afford the recommended amount of daily portions. […]

Secret film exposes care home failures

Secret film exposes care home failures

Media captionA nurse suggests morphine will make a resident “shut up” A series of shocking incidents in privately run residential nursing homes in Cornwall have been secretly filmed by the BBC. The Panorama undercover filming shows one nurse saying she will give morphine to a resident “to shut her up” – an event described by […]

NHS referred 420 staff and patients over ‘radicalisation’

NHS referred 420 staff and patients over ‘radicalisation’

Image copyright PA Image caption The NHS has a legal duty to report patients and staff considered at risk of being drawn into terrorism The NHS referred 420 patients and staff to police in England and Wales in a year over concerns they were at risk of radicalisation, the BBC has learned. National Police Chiefs’ […]

Zika virus ‘no longer an emergency’ – WHO

Zika virus ‘no longer an emergency’ – WHO

Image copyright EPA Image caption Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with head and brain defects The mosquito-borne Zika virus will no longer be treated as an international medical emergency, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared. By lifting its nine-month-old declaration, the UN’s health agency is acknowledging […]

UK’s national sperm bank stops recruiting donors

UK’s national sperm bank stops recruiting donors

Image copyright Thinkstock The UK’s first national sperm bank has stopped recruiting donors less than two years after its launch, it has emerged. The National Sperm Bank said it was unable to fund further donor recruitment, having successfully only taken on seven men. It was set up in October 2014 with a government grant to […]

Toddlers ‘should get heart risk test’

Toddlers ‘should get heart risk test’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Doctors check for FH using a heel prick blood test Toddlers should be screened for an inherited form of heart disease when they have their routine jabs, experts suggest. A team from Queen Mary University of London checked 10,000 one-year-olds for familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH). Suzanne Sheppard, who has FH – […]

Vet has animal tuberculosis scare

Vet has animal tuberculosis scare

Image copyright Jonathan Cranstone “If this is it, what am I going to do with my remaining few months?” wondered vet Jonathan Cranston while lying in a hospital bed. He’s one of more than 100,000 people who catch tuberculosis from animals each year – an issue the World Health Organization says has been ignored for […]

HIV Patient Zero cleared by science

HIV Patient Zero cleared by science

Image copyright SPL One of the most demonised patients in history – Gaetan Dugas – has been convincingly cleared of claims he spread HIV to the US, say scientists. Mr Dugas, a homosexual flight attendant, gained legendary status in the history of HIV/Aids when he became known as Patient Zero. But a study, in the […]

Doctors’ low morale ‘puts patients at risk’

Doctors’ low morale ‘puts patients at risk’

Image copyright Thinkstock Poor morale among doctors could put patients at risk, the General Medical Council has warned. The doctors’ regulator said there was “a state of unease within the medical profession across the UK that risks affecting patients as well as doctors”. Conservative MP Dr Dan Poulter told the BBC that doctors are under […]