Nappy sacks ‘should carry death warnings’

Image copyright Beth Amison Image caption Maison was seven months old when he died Retailers are being asked to put warning signs on packs of nappy sacks about the dangers of suffocation. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa) says it is aware of at least 17 baby deaths, including the tragic case […]

Why some people can hear this silent gif

Skip Twitter post by @lisadebruine End of Twitter post by @lisadebruine Can you hear this gif? Remember the white and gold dress that some internet users were certain was actually blue and black? Well, this time the dilemma being discussed online is whether you can hear anything in a silent animation of skipping pylons. Some […]

DVLA addresses letter to ‘multiple sclerosis Caron’

Image caption Caron Garrod said it was an insensitive and negligent act by the DVLA A woman applying for her driving licence received a letter from the DVLA addressed to “multiple sclerosis Caron Garrod”. Ms Garrod from Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, had told agency staff about her medical condition when reporting that she had not received […]

One in five patients regularly miss GP appointments

Image copyright Magnum Photos Up to one in five patients are regularly missing GP appointments in Scotland, with younger people the worst offenders, new research has found. A study of more than 500,000 people in the country, published in the journal The Lancet Public Health, shows young males are most likely to not attend. In […]

Asthma sufferers urged to wear scarves in cold to stop attacks

Image copyright Asthma uk Image caption Covering the mouth and nose can help to warm up air being breathed in by those with asthma Asthma sufferers are being encouraged to wear a scarf over their nose and mouth to prevent asthma attacks this winter. Breathing in cold, damp air can make the airways tighten and […]

Pledge to boost mental health support in schools

Image copyright Getty Images Children and young people in England are to be able to access mental health support at school or college under government plans to improve services. The proposals include introducing a four-week waiting time for youngsters needing specialist support and new mental health support teams in schools. It is hoped around one […]

Welsh and Scottish health ministers call for folic acid in flour

Image copyright Getty Images The Welsh and Scottish health ministers want Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to make it compulsory for UK suppliers of flour to fortify it with folic acid. In a joint letter, they argue this will help reduce neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, in unborn babies. Figures from Food Standards Scotland […]

Anger as India doctor mistakenly declares newborn dead

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Doctors declared the infant dead, hours after his still-born twin A newborn baby, declared dead by a hospital in the Indian capital Delhi, was found to be alive while they were on their way to his funeral. Doctors at the privately run Max Hospital had pronounced the baby dead […]

Portsmouth hospital missed lung cancer cases

Image copyright PA Image caption Inspectors also found a backlog of 23,000 X-rays at the hospital A hospital failed to spot cases of lung cancer because it did not check patients’ chest X-rays properly, the Care Quality Commission has found. The health watchdog found that three patients at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth suffered “significant […]

Adults being diagnosed with the wrong diabetes, study finds

Image copyright Helen Philibin Image caption Helen Philibin was misdiagnosed with Type II diabetes Many might think type 1 diabetes is a “disease of childhood”, but research, published in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, has found it has similar prevalence in adults. More than 40% of Britons diagnosed with the condition are over 30. Many […]