Hospital cuts planned in most of England

Hospital cuts planned in most of England

Plans have been put forward to cut hospital services in two-thirds of England, a BBC analysis shows. The proposals have been made by local NHS bosses as part of a national programme to transform the health service and save money. They include everything from full closures of hospitals to cutting some specialist services such as […]

Children’s hospital is first to be rated ‘outstanding’

Children’s hospital is first to be rated ‘outstanding’

Image caption Macey Hardcastle, five, in the outpatients clinic A specialist children’s hospital has become the first of its kind to receive a rating of “outstanding” from healthcare inspectors in England. Birmingham Children’s Hospital was criticised eight years ago for having insufficient numbers of beds, operating theatres and trained staff. But now the Care Quality […]

Snail venom compound ‘offers chronic pain therapy’

Snail venom compound ‘offers chronic pain therapy’

Image copyright My Huynh Image caption The Conus regius sea snail kills its prey using venom, which also contains a compound that can treat pain Venom from a small snail could be used to develop a treatment for chronic pain, scientists from the US suggest. Normally used to paralyse or kill its prey, the venom […]

Risky treatment can stop multiple sclerosis for years

Risky treatment can stop multiple sclerosis for years

Image copyright Thinkstock A multiple sclerosis treatment being tested in patients can stop the disease for at least five years, say doctors. The risky therapy involves wiping out the person’s immune system with strong cancer drugs and then rebooting it with a stem cell transplant. Doctors say only some patients will be suitable to try […]

Macmillan warns of cancer ‘survival gap’ in Scotland

Media captionMacmillan said the research highlights the scale of the cancer survival gap in Scotland A cancer survival gap is growing between people living in the most and least deprived parts of Scotland, a charity has warned. Analysis of survival rates for six common cancers found wide variations depending on where patients lived. Macmillan Cancer […]

Bill Gates ‘hopeful’ for global pandemic response plan

Bill Gates says he is hopeful that President Trump’s administration will take the necessary steps to be able to respond to a global pandemic or act of bio-terrorism. Mr Gates believes the world is currently not prepared to cope with such an event. He has said that the ability to cope with a pandemic requires […]

Drug manufacture ‘major development’

Drug manufacture ‘major development’

Image caption The new method sees sesquiterpenes extracted using tubes instead of flasks Researchers in Cardiff have developed a new “highly-efficient” method of making disease-fighting compounds, including for an anti-malaria drug. Sesquiterpenes can be found in spicy foods, plants and beer, and are used to battle colds, cancer and malaria. A Cardiff University team said […]

Vitamin D pills ‘could stop colds or flu’

Vitamin D pills ‘could stop colds or flu’

Image copyright Thinkstock Vitamin D supplements could spare more than three million people from colds or flu in the UK each year, researchers claim. The sunshine vitamin is vital for healthy bones, but also has a role in the immune system. The analysis, published in the British Medical Journal, argues food should be fortified with […]

Frail, elderly people ‘left to struggle alone’

Frail, elderly people ‘left to struggle alone’

Image copyright Keith Brofsky Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable older people struggle to get by with little or no care because of cuts to care in England, a charity says. The Age UK review said some people could not even wash, dress or feed themselves and yet were being left to fend for themselves by […]

Outlook for extremely premature babies ‘improving’

Outlook for extremely premature babies ‘improving’

Image copyright SPL Image caption The study looked at babies born between 22 and 24 weeks More babies born extremely prematurely are surviving without neurological problems, according to a new study. The study by Duke Health in the US and published in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at 4,274 babies born between 22 […]