Genes behind deadly heart condition found, scientists say

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scientists looked at the genes of people with pulmonary arterial hypertension to find out what was causing the condition Scientists say they have identified genes that cause a deadly heart condition that can only be cured by transplants of the heart or lungs. Pulmonary arterial hypertension kills 50% of […]

Regular excess drinking can take years off your life, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Regularly drinking above the UK alcohol guidelines can take years off your life, according to a major report. The study of 600,000 drinkers estimated that having 10 to 15 alcoholic drinks every week could shorten a person’s life by between one and two years. And they warned that people who drink […]

Going through the menopause at 11 years old

Amanda was 11 years old when she started experiencing symptoms of premature ovarian insufficiency, otherwise known as early menopause. According to The Daisy Network, early menopause can be caused by genetic issues or auto-immune disease, but in most cases the underlying cause is not known. Going through the menopause at 11 years old

Why some cancers are ‘born to be bad’

Why some cancers are ‘born to be bad’

Image copyright Crick Institute A groundbreaking study has uncovered why some patients’ cancers are more deadly than others, despite appearing identical. Francis Crick Institute scientists developed a way of analysing a cancer’s history to predict its future. The study on kidney cancer patients showed some tumours were “born to be bad” while others never became […]

Student suicide increase warning

Image copyright Getty Images The suicide rate among UK students is higher than among the general population of their age group, claim researchers. The study, to be presented next month at the International Suicide Prevention Conference in New Zealand, has analysed figures for student suicides between 2007 and 2016. But the Office for National Statistics […]

The 10 worst A&Es for waits revealed

Image copyright Getty Images A&E waiting times have reached their highest levels in England – as a BBC analysis indentifies the services with the worst individual waits. Hospitals are meant to see 95% of patients in four hours. But the difficult winter means the NHS has recorded its worst-ever annual performance – at 88.4% – […]

Late risers at increased risk of early death, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images People who go to bed late and struggle to wake in the morning are more likely to die prematurely than early risers, according to new research. Night owls are 10% more likely to have early deaths than morning larks, a study of some 433,000 people found. The research also found late […]

YouTube star prompts conversation about social anxiety

Image copyright Getty Images Talking openly about social anxiety to people who haven’t experienced it can be really difficult, but a YouTube star was determined to start a conversation with her fans about it. In her candid tweet, Jessie Paege described what it’s like having social anxiety and that it’s not just about staying indoors, […]

Exercise benefits to the brain ‘may be passed on’

Image copyright Getty Images Physical and mental exercise has been found to be beneficial for our brains, but scientists have now found it could also improve the learning ability of our children. In a mouse study, researchers found the benefits gained from these activities were passed on to their offspring, despite not altering their DNA. […]

Private hospitals warned over surgeons

Some of the failings that allowed rogue surgeon Ian Paterson to harm patients have been found to be widespread across private hospitals, inspectors say. The Care Quality Commission said it was concerned about the “old-fashioned” approach to consultants which led to a lack of monitoring and checks. The regulator said it meant there was a […]