Bowel cancer screening to start earlier at age 50 in England

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK Bowel cancer screening in England is to start earlier, at age 50, Public Health England has announced. It said evidence showed that screening people at a younger age would allow more bowel cancers to be picked up at […]

The unpleasant reason men navigate better than women

Media captionThe video game that’s actually dementia research Men are better at navigating than women, according to a massive study, but there’s not much for men to be proud about. Scientists at University College London say the difference has more to do with discrimination and unequal opportunities than any innate ability. The findings come from […]

How smallpox claimed its final victim

Image copyright Other Image caption Janet Parker worked as a photographer at Birmingham Medical School Warning – this story contains graphic images. In the summer of 1978, the last known case of smallpox was reported, claiming the life of 40-year-old medical photographer Janet Parker. But how did the disease, thought to have been eradicated across […]

Gel and acrylic nails allergy warning

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Allergic reactions from gels and pastes can cause a rash anywhere they touch the body Skin experts are warning a chemical found in gel, gel polish and acrylic nails can cause an allergic reaction. Methacrylate chemicals can cause a severe, itchy rash anywhere on the body, not just the […]

Heatwave blamed for record A&E attendances in England

Image copyright Getty Images The heatwave is being blamed for record numbers of people going to A&E in England in July. As temperatures soared, attendances reached more than 2.1 million – the highest since records began in 2010. The number of patients waiting more than a year for non-urgent surgery also rose to their highest […]

Regular exercise ‘best for mental health’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption All types of exercises were found to improve mental health no matter people’s age or gender Regular physical activity lasting 45 minutes three to five times a week can reduce poor mental health – but doing more than that is not always beneficial, a large US study suggests. A […]

Amin Abdullah: Nurse who set himself on fire ‘unfairly dismissed’

Image copyright PA Image caption Amin Abdullah suffered nearly 100% burns An NHS nurse who set himself on fire after being dismissed from his job was “treated unfairly”, a report has found. Amin Abdullah, 41, who died after dousing himself in petrol outside Kensington Palace in February 2016, had lost his job at Charing Cross […]

Ditching tight pants ‘improves sperm count’

Image caption Loose-fitting boxer shorts, like those worn by Gary Lineker on Match of the Day after Leicester City won the Premier League, are linked to improved sperm counts Wearing looser underpants could be a simple way for men to improve their sperm count and the hormones that control it, a US study suggests. In […]

Footballer heart death risk ‘underestimated’

Image copyright Getty Images The risk of footballers dying because their heart stops beating is higher than experts thought, a study suggests. There have been high-profile deaths, including that of Marc-Vivien Foe while playing for Cameroon aged 28. Former England defender Ugo Ehiogu, who was a Spurs coach, died last year aged 44. The study, […]

Women ‘need to know egg freezing risk’

Media caption“Why I chose to freeze my eggs” Women who freeze their eggs need to be aware of the “relatively low success rates” of becoming pregnant, a leading gynaecologist has said. With more women freezing eggs past the age of 35, when chances of conceiving fall, Prof Adam Balen said: “Egg freezing does not guarantee […]