Learning disability ‘trapped’ in hospitals as NHS target missed

Image copyright Getty Images An NHS target to reduce the number of people with learning disabilities being treated in long-stay hospitals has been missed, resulting in more than 2,200 remaining in-patients in England. Charities say they are at risk of abuse and neglect in hospital units and should be cared for in homes in the […]

HIV used to cure ‘bubble boy’ disease

Image copyright Courtesy of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital Image caption Gael, a patient at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital who received treatment, with his mother US scientists say they used HIV to make a gene therapy that cured eight infants of severe combined immunodeficiency, or “bubble boy” disease. Results of the research, developed at […]

Pig brains partially revived four hours after death

Image copyright Getty Images US scientists have partially revived pig brains four hours after the animals were slaughtered. The findings could fuel debate about the barrier between life and death, and provide a new way of researching diseases like Alzheimer’s. The study showed the death of brain cells could be halted and that some connections […]

Pembrokeshire GP job ad admits ‘the hours stink’

Image copyright Dave Wilson Image caption Dave Wilson tweeted “you make a difference and so despite it all this is why we’re still plodding” A GP has tweeted a job advert for his surgery saying: “I won’t sugarcoat it… we’re heavily undermanned and the hours stink.” Dave Wilson, from Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, said his surgery, […]

Ipswich ‘killing-suicide’: Crisis team ‘missed opportunity’

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Thomas and Katherine Kemp were found dead in Ipswich on 6 August A mental health trust has been criticised for failing to prevent a patient killing his wife and then taking his own life. Thomas and Katherine Kemp were found dead in Ipswich on 6 August. An inquest heard Mrs […]

The Priory fined £300k over death of 14-year-old girl

Image copyright Family handout / PA Image caption Amy El-Keria was found hanged in her room in November 2012 The Priory healthcare group has been fined £300,000 over the death of a child at one of its hospitals. Amy El-Keria, 14, was found hanged in her room at the Priory in Ticehurst, East Sussex, in […]

A rasher of bacon a day ‘ups cancer risk’

Image copyright Getty Images Even small amounts of red and processed meat – such as a rasher of bacon a day – can increase the risk of bowel cancer, according to research. The latest study led by Oxford University and funded by Cancer Research UK, adds to evidence, including from the World Health Organization, that […]

Breech baby scan ‘would save lives’

Image copyright Getty Images Mums-to-be could be routinely offered an ultrasound scan at 36 weeks to help spot risky breech deliveries, when a baby’s bottom or feet will emerge first, say UK researchers. Breech births can be hazardous and tricky to diagnose. Currently, midwives and doctors tend to rely on the shape and feel of […]

Technology to keep dementia patients out of hospital

Image copyright Imperial College London Sensors small enough to fit in the ear, robotic devices and sleep monitors could all become standard technology in the homes of people with dementia, scientists say. The idea is to keep people safe and independent in their own homes, rather than needing to go to hospital. Scientists, engineers and […]

Statins ‘don’t work well for one in two people’

Image copyright Getty Images Cholesterol-lowering “statin” drugs taken by millions of Britons may not work well enough in about half of those prescribed them, research suggests. UK investigators looked at 165,000 patients on statins and found that for one in two, the drugs had too little effect on bad cholesterol – one of the big […]

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