Tafida Raqeeb: Parents bid to get daughter treated in Italy

Image copyright Family Handout Image caption Tafida Raqeeb’s mother said her daughter was “completely healthy” before her sudden brain injury The parents of a five-year-old girl in a coma have begun a legal challenge after doctors said it was in her best interests to be allowed to die. Royal London Hospital doctors have said there […]

Scotland has highest drug death rate in EU

Image copyright Getty Images The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland soared to 1,187 last year, according to official statistics. The figure is 27% higher than the previous year, and the highest since records began in 1996. It means there were more drug-related deaths in Scotland last year than the 1,136 alcohol-specific deaths. And the […]

Anorexia stems from body as well as mind – study

Image caption Laura Shah was diagnosed with the disease when she was 15 years old The origins of the eating disorder anorexia nervosa are in both the mind and the body, according to an international study. Anorexia is seen as a serious psychiatric disease. But doctors at King’s College London showed changes hardwired into some […]

Dementia: Lifestyle changes that could lower your risk

Image copyright Getty Images Nearly everyone can lower their risk of dementia, even if it runs in the family, by living a healthy lifestyle, research suggests. The study of nearly 200,000 people showed the risk fell by up to a third. The team at the University of Exeter said the results were exciting, empowering and […]

Does 5G pose health risks?

Image copyright Getty Images The 5G mobile network has been switched on in some UK cities and has led to questions about whether the new technology poses health risks. So what are the concerns, and is there any evidence to back them up? What’s different about 5G? As with previous cellular technologies, 5G networks rely […]

Ministers may advise on how much sleep people need

Image copyright Damir Khabirov / Getty Images Image caption The report suggests many adults could be risking their health due to a lack of sleep Ministers are reportedly planning to issue guidance on how much sleep people should be getting every night. The recommendations are expected as part of a series of proposals aimed at […]

Emerade adrenaline pens: Warning over faulty allergy injectors

Image copyright Getty Images Allergy patients are being warned of a potential fault with Emerade adrenaline pens. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said some have blocked needles, so cannot deliver adrenaline. Around two in every 1,000 pens are thought to be affected. Patients are advised to follow the existing advice to carry […]

Emerade adrenaline pens: Warning over faulty allergy injectors

Image copyright Getty Images Allergy patients are being warned of a potential fault with Emerade adrenaline pens. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said some have blocked needles, so cannot deliver adrenaline. Around two in every 1,000 pens are thought to be affected. Patients are advised to follow the existing advice to carry […]

Good gut bacteria ‘helps starving children’

Image copyright International Centre for Disease Research A diet rich in bananas, chickpeas and peanuts improves gut bacteria in malnourished children, helping kick-start their growth, research suggests. These foods were found to be particularly good at boosting healthy microbes, in a US study of children in Bangladesh. The growth of bones, brains and bodies is […]

Emerade adrenaline pens: Warning over faulty allergy injectors

Image copyright Getty Images Allergy patients are being warned of a potential fault with Emerade adrenaline pens. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said some have blocked needles, so cannot deliver adrenaline. Around two in every 1,000 pens are thought to be affected. Patients are advised to follow the existing advice to carry […]

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