Test may spot glaucoma before symptoms begin, study says

Image copyright University College London Image caption Each white spot is a “sick” retinal nerve cell at the back of an eye damaged by glaucoma It might be possible to treat the main cause of permanent blindness before people notice any loss of vision, say University College London researchers. They have developed a new kind […]

Plain tobacco packaging ‘may cut smokers by 300,000 in UK’

Image copyright ASH Image caption Packs sold in the UK must now have a standard colour, shape and font, plus health warnings Plain cigarette packaging could lead to 300,000 fewer smokers in the UK over the next year, a major review suggests. Standardised packs could also reduce the appeal of tobacco and increase calls to […]

‘Exciting’ blood test spots cancer a year early

Image copyright Getty Images Doctors have spotted cancer coming back up to a year before normal scans in an “exciting” discovery. The UK team was able to scour the blood for signs of cancer while it was just a tiny cluster of cells invisible to X-ray or CT scans. It should allow doctors to hit […]

Premature lambs kept alive in ‘plastic bag’ womb

Premature lambs kept alive in ‘plastic bag’ womb

Image copyright Partridge, E. A. et al. / Nature Communications Image caption The premature lambs matured and grew a wool Scientists have been able to keep premature lambs alive for weeks using an artificial womb that looks like a plastic bag. It provides everything the foetus needs to continue growing and maturing, including a nutrient-rich […]

Exercise ‘keeps the mind sharp’ in over-50s, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Moderate physical exercise such as cycling or jogging can help boost brain power Doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you’re over 50, research suggests. Thinking and memory skills were most improved when people exercised the heart and muscles […]

Mental health care cuts in England ‘to total £4.5m’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption NHS England said in February 2016 it had identified the need to invest an additional £1bn in mental health services Mental health spending is being cut by £4.5m in five English regions this year, new figures indicate. The largest cut, of £1.9m or 3.6% , will be made in […]

Welsh patient waits four years to leave hospital

Image copyright Getty Images A hospital patient has been waiting nearly four years to leave hospital after being declared fit for discharge. The unnamed patient, who has a “serious mental health condition”, learning disability and physical health problems, has been in a hospital bed for more than 1,338 days. The patient is expected to leave […]

Malaria: Kenya, Ghana and Malawi get first vaccine

Image copyright D Poland/PATH Image caption The vaccine has been tested extensively in more than 15,000 children The world’s first vaccine against malaria will be introduced in three countries – Ghana, Kenya and Malawi – starting in 2018. The RTS,S vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito […]

Shrewsbury trust warned over baby heart monitoring in 2007

Image caption Abbie died aged 17 months in 2006 after being left with life-limiting injuries after her birth The trust at the centre of an investigation into a cluster of baby deaths during labour was warned a decade ago that its maternity services had to improve. In 2007, the NHS regulator told the Shrewsbury and […]

Shops agree to limit sugary drinks sales in hospitals

Image copyright SPL WHSmith, Marks & Spencer, Subway and Greggs have all agreed to cut the proportion of sugary drinks they sell in their hospital shops in England. NHS England has asked all retailers with hospital outlets to limit the drinks to no more than 10% of the total beverages they sell by next April. […]

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