Tuberculosis rates in England fall by third in six years

Image copyright Science Photo Library New figures show rates of tuberculosis (TB) in England have declined by a third in six years, and are currently at their lowest level in 35 years. The data from Public Health England shows a 38% fall since 2012, with a 9.3% decline in cases in 2017 alone. Improved diagnosis, […]

Woman dies after having bee-sting therapy

Woman dies after having bee-sting therapy

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Apitherapy is the use of substances from honeybees to treat medical conditions A woman has died after undergoing bee-sting therapy, a form of treatment backed by Gwyneth Paltrow. The 55-year-old Spanish woman had been having live bee acupuncture for two years when she developed a severe reaction. She […]

Rise in cancers ’caused by weight’

Media captionFive lifestyle changes which could help people avoid cancer Being overweight or obese is a growing cause of cancer in the UK while cases caused by smoking are falling, according to a large study. Cancer Research UK found more than a third of all cases of cancer were avoidable – some 135,000. The charity […]

Four in 10 online GP firms not safe, say inspectors

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Inspectors say antibiotics have been handed out too easily by online GP firms Four in 10 online GP firms are not providing safe care, inspectors say. The Care Quality Commission has been investigating the private online market over the past 18 months, identifying 35 companies running services in England. […]

MS drug hope for secondary-progressive stage

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Siponimod is a pill taken once a day A study of a new drug to treat advanced cases of multiple sclerosis suggests it may be possible to delay progression of the disease in the short term, although the effects were small. In a trial of 1,327 people, in […]

Tai chi recommended to fight fibromyalgia

Image copyright Getty Images Tai chi is as good as – or even better than – aerobic exercise for aiding people with the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia, a study has suggested. The US trial of 226 adults with the condition showed that those who practised the martial art improved significantly more than those doing aerobic […]

Chronic fatigue trial results ‘not robust’, new study says

Image copyright Getty Images Fresh analysis of a controversial study, which recommended exercise and psychological therapy for people with chronic fatigue syndrome, suggests their impact is more modest than first thought. The PACE trial found the treatments to be “moderately effective”, leading to recovery in a fifth of patients. But this new analysis finds “no […]

A blueberry muffin ‘could have day’s worth of sugar’

Image copyright Getty Images Some blueberry muffins sold by cafes and supermarkets contain more than the recommended daily intake of sugar for adults, researchers have discovered. An analysis by Action on Sugar and the Obesity Health Alliance in January found the cakes could contain up to eight teaspoons of sugar. The recommended daily limit for […]

Many back pain patients ‘getting wrong care’

Image copyright VOISIN/PHANIE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability globally but too often patients are let down by the treatment they are offered, say experts. They have written a series of papers in The Lancet asking the worldwide medical profession to stop offering ineffective and potentially harmful treatments. Strong drugs, […]

NHS pay: Increase for 1.3 million staff expected

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption If the deal is agreed, nurses will be among more than a million staff to benefit from the three-year pay increase More than a million NHS staff, including nurses, porters and paramedics, can expect pay increases of at least 6.5% over three years, the BBC understands. The deal, […]

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