Vaping ‘can damage vital immune system cells’

Image copyright Getty Images Vaping can damage vital immune system cells and may be more harmful than previously thought, a study suggests. Researchers found e-cigarette vapour disabled important immune cells in the lung and boosted inflammation. The researchers “caution against the widely held opinion that e-cigarettes are safe”. However, Public Health England advises they are […]

Struck-off Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba wins appeal to work again

Media captionDr Hadiza Bawa-Garba said she was “sorry for my role” in Jack Adcock’s death A doctor who was struck off over the death of a six-year-old boy has won her appeal to practise medicine again. Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence in 2015 over the death of Jack Adcock, who […]

Adele’s support for friend’s postpartum psychosis recovery

Image copyright Getty Images Adele has posted a message of support for her best friend who’s recovering from postpartum psychosis. Laura Dockrill gave birth to a baby boy, who is Adele’s godson, in February this year. She’s since battled against the condition, which can lead to hallucinations and confusion soon after giving birth. Adele says […]

Troubles victims’ mental health ‘epidemic’

Image copyright PACEMAKER Image caption Eleven people were killed on the day of the Enniskillen bomb attack in 1987 A County Armagh man who survived an IRA bomb attack in Enniskillen has said he tried to take his own life as a result of the events of that day. Joe Holbeach, from Lurgan, was injured […]

Bowel cancer screening to start earlier at age 50 in England

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK Bowel cancer screening in England is to start earlier, at age 50, Public Health England has announced. It said evidence showed that screening people at a younger age would allow more bowel cancers to be picked up at […]

The unpleasant reason men navigate better than women

Media captionThe video game that’s actually dementia research Men are better at navigating than women, according to a massive study, but there’s not much for men to be proud about. Scientists at University College London say the difference has more to do with discrimination and unequal opportunities than any innate ability. The findings come from […]

How smallpox claimed its final victim

Image copyright Other Image caption Janet Parker worked as a photographer at Birmingham Medical School Warning – this story contains graphic images. In the summer of 1978, the last known case of smallpox was reported, claiming the life of 40-year-old medical photographer Janet Parker. But how did the disease, thought to have been eradicated across […]

Heatwave blamed for record A&E attendances in England

Image copyright Getty Images The heatwave is being blamed for record numbers of people going to A&E in England in July. As temperatures soared, attendances reached more than 2.1 million – the highest since records began in 2010. The number of patients waiting more than a year for non-urgent surgery also rose to their highest […]

Gel and acrylic nails allergy warning

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Allergic reactions from gels and pastes can cause a rash anywhere they touch the body Skin experts are warning a chemical found in gel, gel polish and acrylic nails can cause an allergic reaction. Methacrylate chemicals can cause a severe, itchy rash anywhere on the body, not just the […]

Regular exercise ‘best for mental health’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption All types of exercises were found to improve mental health no matter people’s age or gender Regular physical activity lasting 45 minutes three to five times a week can reduce poor mental health – but doing more than that is not always beneficial, a large US study suggests. A […]