Survey finds an ‘over-reliance’ on medication to treat ADHD

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Scottish ADHD Coalition’s report raises concerns that medication is overly relied on Families of children with ADHD are warning that too often medication is the only option they are offered to manage the condition. A survey of parents across Scotland found evidence of delays in diagnosing ADHD and […]

Doctor due to qualify as GP ‘saved from deportation’

Image copyright Luke Ong Image caption Dr Luke Ong, seen with his family, graduated from the University of Manchester The Home Office has backed off trying to deport a Singaporean doctor who has lived in the UK years for 10 years and is five months from qualifying as a GP. Manchester-based Dr Luke Ong, 31, […]

Ketamine has ‘fast-acting benefits’ for depression

Image copyright Science Photo Library Ketamine has “shown promise” in the rapid treatment of major depression and suicidal thoughts, a US study says. Ketamine has a reputation as a party drug but is licensed as an anaesthetic. The study found use of the drug via a nasal spray led to “significant” improvements in depressive symptoms […]

Genes behind deadly heart condition found, scientists say

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scientists looked at the genes of people with pulmonary arterial hypertension to find out what was causing the condition Scientists say they have identified genes that cause a deadly heart condition that can only be cured by transplants of the heart or lungs. Pulmonary arterial hypertension kills 50% of […]

Regular excess drinking can take years off your life, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Regularly drinking above the UK alcohol guidelines can take years off your life, according to a major report. The study of 600,000 drinkers estimated that having 10 to 15 alcoholic drinks every week could shorten a person’s life by between one and two years. And they warned that people who drink […]

Good bacteria: Why I put my poo in the post

“Good bacteria” – what are they, will they make me healthy and how do I get some? To find out I took the unusual , and rather disgusting, step of donating my poo to science. Microbes live on, and in, all of us and they even outnumber our own human cells. But their favourite spot […]

Just one alcoholic drink a day could shorten your life, study says

Image copyright Getty Images Having as little as one alcoholic drink a day could shorten your life, according to a major new study. An analysis of 600,000 drinkers found that drinking five to 10 alcoholic drinks a week was likely to shorten a person’s life by up to six months. This increases with higher alcohol […]

Going through the menopause at 11 years old

Amanda was 11 years old when she started experiencing symptoms of premature ovarian insufficiency, otherwise known as early menopause. According to The Daisy Network, early menopause can be caused by genetic issues or auto-immune disease, but in most cases the underlying cause is not known. Going through the menopause at 11 years old

Why some cancers are ‘born to be bad’

Image copyright Crick Institute A groundbreaking study has uncovered why some patients’ cancers are more deadly than others, despite appearing identical. Francis Crick Institute scientists developed a way of analysing a cancer’s history to predict its future. The study on kidney cancer patients showed some tumours were “born to be bad” while others never became […]

The 10 worst A&Es for waits revealed

Image copyright Getty Images A&E waiting times have reached their highest levels in England – as a BBC analysis indentifies the services with the worst individual waits. Hospitals are meant to see 95% of patients in four hours. But the difficult winter means the NHS has recorded its worst-ever annual performance – at 88.4% – […]