NHS hernia mesh repairs ‘leaving patients in chronic pain’

Media captionNHS hernia mesh felt like ‘scratching from inside’ NHS England is using mesh to repair hernias which leaves many patients in chronic pain, surgeons have told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. The concerns come after it emerged that more than 800 women are taking legal action against the NHS over the use of vaginal […]

UK’s first heart pump targets 2018 clinical trial

Image caption Researchers have suggested heart pumps could help solve the shortage of heart donors The UK’s first artificial heart pump has moved a step closer to being used on patients, scientists have said. It has been developed at Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science 2 by Calon Cardio, and clinical trials are due to […]

‘Asthma is a killer – it took away my miracle daughter’

‘Asthma is a killer – it took away my miracle daughter’

Image copyright Mr and Mrs Dennis Image caption Olivia Dennis was 10 when she died from an asthma attack Lisa Dennis is looking at photos of her daughter Olivia – a blonde girl with a radiant smile. These are special moments, frozen in time. Olivia died four years ago, aged 10, after having an asthma […]

Danger map reveals health threat zone

Image copyright EcoHealthAlliance South America is a hotbed of potential viruses that could be the next major threat to the world’s health, according to “danger maps”. The EcoHealth Alliance in New York looked at mammals, the viruses they harbour and how they come into contact with people. It revealed bats carry more potential threats than […]

Ebola virus burial teams may have ‘saved thousands of lives’

Media captionTulip Mazumdar’s video diary of her day with the burial team They were ordinary people doing an extraordinary job in extremely dangerous times. Now new research suggests Red Cross volunteers who helped bury most of the bodies of Ebola victims in West Africa could have prevented more than 10,000 cases of the deadly disease. […]

‘Remarkable’ drop in new HIV cases among men

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The numbers were based on 200 sexual health clinics in England For the first time, new diagnoses of HIV have fallen among men who have sex with men in England, according to data from Public Health England. They have decreased from 2,060 in 2014-15 to 1,700 in 2015-16, while […]

Social media pressure is linked to cosmetic procedure boom

Image copyright Science Photo Library Young people are turning to cosmetic procedures such as botox and dermal fillers as a result of social media pressure, according to a report. A study by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics says government must protect people from an unregulated industry. The report also condemns makeover apps and online plastic […]

Ninth avoidable baby death at NHS trust

Image caption Maddison’s parents say labour ward was extremely busy A ninth avoidable baby death has been uncovered by BBC News at a troubled NHS trust. Maddison Dawn Wilkins Jackson died in 2013 after staff at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital could not find her mother a bed on the labour ward. The health secretary ordered […]

Century-old Parkinson’s question answered

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have found the first direct evidence that the immune system does attack the brain in Parkinson’s disease. The role of “autoimmunity” was first suggested nearly a century ago, but had not been confirmed. The discovery, in the journal Nature, suggests that drugs to calm the immune system could […]

How to make labour wards safer

Image copyright Science Photo Library Failure to monitor properly baby heart rates during labour is one reason why some newborns are dying on UK maternity wards, an investigation has found. The Each Baby Counts inquiry, by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, looked at more than 700 recent neonatal deaths and injuries. It says […]