Health

Cervical screening error: More women affected

Image copyright Science Photo Library An additional 3,591 women have not received information about NHS cervical cancer screening, it has emerged. Capita, the company contracted to send out the screening invitations, made the discovery while investigating an administrative error already known to have affected 40,000 women in England. NHS England says there is no evidence […]

Health

Ex-minister Norman Lamb urges cannabis legalisation

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNorman Lamb: Prohibition has not worked in any part of the world A former health minister has called on MPs to legalise the possession and consumption of cannabis. Norman Lamb backed introducing regulation of its production, distribution and sale. But his 10-minute-rule bill in the House of […]

Health

Laser pointers should be thrown away, say safety experts

Image copyright Getty Images Laser pointers can have “terrifying” consequences for children’s eyesight and should be thrown away, suggest safety experts. In the run-up to Christmas, Trading Standards officers are stressing such devices are not genuine toys. Since 2012, at least 47 children have suffered permanent eye damage as a result of lasers being shone […]

Health

'I was aged 24, and dead for five minutes'

Image caption Lora says doctors told her she was dead for five minutes More than 80,000 young people in the UK could be living with undiagnosed heart conditions, the British Heart Foundation has warned. If undetected, the consequences can be fatal. “My lips had started going blue, I’d stopped breathing, my heart had stopped,” Lora […]

Health

'Weigh-ins help prevent piling on pounds at Christmas'

Image copyright andriano_cz Image caption People who stood on the scales at least twice a week lost weight Regular weigh-ins at home, plus simple weight-loss tips, could prevent people from piling on the pounds at Christmas, according to a new study. The Universities of Birmingham and Loughborough divided 272 volunteers into two groups. The “intervention” […]

Health

Puzzle solving 'won't stop mental decline'

Image copyright Getty Images Doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku does not protect against mental decline, according to a new study. The idea of “use it or lose it” when it comes to our brains in later life has previously been widely accepted. But a new Scottish study suggests it has no effect on mental decline. […]

Health

Transplanted organs gave patients cancer

Image caption Tom Tyreman died in February from cancer The family of a man who died after receiving a liver transplant from a donor with undetected cancer has called for more thorough tests. Tom Tyreman, 63, from Stockton, initially recovered after the operation at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital a year ago, but died of cancer in […]

Health

The athletes starving themselves for success

Image copyright Kenza Barton Schlee Image caption Anna Boniface ignored the warning signs of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport Anna Boniface seemed to have the world at her feet when finishing as the 2017 London Marathon’s fastest amateur female runner. Her performance earned her an England team place in that autumn’s Toronto Marathon. The then […]

Health

Government bans fax machines in the NHS

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS will be banned from buying fax machines from next month – and has been told by the government to phase out the machines entirely by 31 March 2020. In July, the Royal College of Surgeons revealed nearly 9,000 fax machines were in use across the NHS in England. The […]