Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have taken a step towards one of the biggest goals in medicine – a universal blood test for cancer. A team at Johns Hopkins University has trialled a method that detects eight common forms of the disease. Their vision is an annual test designed to catch cancer early and save […]

NHS bail-outs could become new normal, National Audit Office says

Image copyright Getty Images Repeated bail-outs to help the NHS cope with pressure on services and finances could become the “new normal”, the National Audit Office has said. It comes after the auditor found NHS bodies used extra funds partly intended to transform services to shore up finances during 2016-17. The NAO said short-term funding […]

Adolescence now lasts from 10 to 24, scientists say

Image copyright Getty Images Adolescence now lasts from the ages of 10 to 24, although it used to be thought to end at 19, scientists say. Young people continuing their education for longer, as well as delayed marriage and parenthood, has pushed back popular perceptions of when adulthood begins. And changing the definition is vital […]

UK ‘in grip of worst flu season since 2011’

Image copyright Getty Images The UK is in the grip of its worst flu season for seven years, figures show. All parts of the UK have seen rises in suspected flu cases since the turn of the year with Wales seeing the sharpest – close to a fourfold increase in GP visits to 64.9 cases […]

Noel Conway: Terminally ill man granted assisted dying appeal

Image copyright PA Image caption Noel Conway was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2014 A terminally ill man who wants to be helped to die has been granted permission to take his case to appeal. Two judges from the Court of Appeal said there should be a full hearing of 68-year-old Noel Conway’s case. […]

Angelina Jolie gene testing for all?

Image copyright Getty Images Testing all women for the “Angelina Jolie gene”, even if not considered at risk, would prevent cancers, save lives and is cost effective, say doctors. The Hollywood actress had her breasts, ovaries and fallopian tubes removed due to the high risk of cancer in her case. Women tend to be offered […]

Chemistry ‘Van Gogh’ could help with cancer

Chemistry ‘Van Gogh’ could help with cancer

Image copyright ICR Image caption RNA polymerase III surrounding DNA “Incredible” images of DNA in action have been captured by scientists who will use them to design cancer drugs. Researcher Dr Alessandro Vannini said the pictures were “beautiful” and in artistic comparisons were “definitely a Van Gogh”. They capture a fundamental part of all plant […]

NHS ‘haemorrhaging’ nurses as 33,000 leave each year

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS is “haemorrhaging” nurses with one in 10 now leaving the NHS in England each year, figures show. More than 33,000 walked away last year, piling pressure on understaffed hospitals and community services. The figures – provided to the BBC by NHS Digital – represent a rise of 20% since […]

Health service ‘haemorrhaging’ nurses, figures reveal

Image copyright alvarez The NHS is “haemorrhaging” nurses with one in 10 leaving the NHS in England each year, figures show. More than 33,000 walked away last year, piling pressure on understaffed hospital wards and community services. The figures – provided to the BBC by NHS Digital – represent a rise of 20% since 2012-13, […]

Cost legacy of decades-old NHS blunders begins to rise

Image caption ‘Avoidable errors’ are still being made in maternity wards today, a charity has warned NHS medical blunders dating back more than two decades are still costing millions of pounds a year in compensation, it has emerged. The negligence bill for mistakes made before 1995 – mainly maternity failings – has begun to rise […]

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