EpiPen shortage: Chemists told to quiz parents on children’s need

Image copyright Getty Images Chemists have been told by NHS England to check whether young children are in urgent need of adrenaline pens before dispensing the devices. Pharmacists must ask parents and carers how many auto-adrenaline injectors they have before deciding how many to give. Only children who have no pens – including expired but […]

Baby box safety doubts raised by experts

Image copyright Alamy Baby boxes are being promoted as a safe alternative to standard cots, bassinets and Moses baskets despite a lack of evidence on their safety, experts warn. The cardboard boxes, which come with items like clothes and blankets and can be used as a bed, are offered to new mums in Scotland and […]

Length of ring and index fingers ‘linked to sexuality’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Have you looked at the length of your index and ring fingers? Women whose left index and ring fingers are different lengths are more likely to be lesbians, a study suggests. Scientists measured the fingers of 18 pairs of female identical twins, where one was straight and the other […]

Wakefield’s Pinderfields Hospital smokers shamed via loudspeaker

Media captionPinderfields Hospital smokers shamed via loudspeaker People who ignore ‘no smoking’ signs by the doors of a Wakefield hospital are being shamed through a loudspeaker. Staff, visitors and patients can activate the pre-recorded messages, which are then played through a speaker outside Pinderfields Hospital. “Hi, I’m Georgia, would you mind not smoking outside? Someone’s […]

Contaminated blood victims ‘on the breadline’

Image copyright SPL People affected by the contaminated blood scandal “lost everything” and “had to live on the breadline” as they struggled financially, the chairman of the public inquiry says. In a letter to the Cabinet Office, Sir Brian Langstaff said “decisive action” was needed over the support available. There is a variety of schemes […]

‘Miracle’ baby whose heart stopped for 22 minutes turns one

Image copyright St George’s Hospital Image caption Lacey spent four months in hospital after emergency surgery at five days old A premature baby whose heart stopped beating for 22 minutes has been called a “miracle” by doctors who treated her, as she celebrates her first birthday. Lacey Sherriff, who was born at 27 weeks weighing […]

Self-lubricating condom designed to reduce infections

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have found a way to make self-lubricating latex condoms that become slippery on contact. It is thanks to a special, durable coating that should last throughout intercourse, says the team, backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They hope it will make condoms more appealing to use […]

Women told they aren’t ‘thin enough’ for eating disorder treatment, MPs told

Media captionAn MP tells one woman’s story during a debate on getting more help for those suffering eating disorders Patients who fear they have eating disorders are being told by GPs they aren’t “thin enough for treatment”, according to a woman who was denied help. The woman’s MP, Wera Hobhouse, highlighted her story during an […]

Bill Turnbull: Cancer chemo treatment was ‘unbearable’

Image copyright Radio Times Bill Turnbull has described dealing with cancer every day as “relentlessly boring” and admitted he asked doctors to stop his “unbearable” chemotherapy. The former BBC Breakfast anchor, who’s now a presenter on Classic FM, said: “I just couldn’t bear it any longer.” After that round of chemo in July – his […]

I saved my dad’s life with CPR

I saved my dad’s life with CPR

Image copyright BHF “I heard my mam shout my name. You know when someone shouts your name and it frightens you? I ran downstairs and there’s my dad on the couch, blacked out, blue lips, blue ear lobes, his fingers – everything. I thought: ‘Right, that’s CPR time’.” Aaron Groves, from Liverpool, was 15 when […]