Conjoined twins survive gruelling journey to separation

Image copyright Jacklyn Reierson, MAF Image caption The family lives in a remote village in western Democratic Republic of Congo, in Africa Conjoined twins born in a remote village in the Democratic Republic of Congo have survived a 15-hour journey on the back of a motorbike to be separated. They were then flown to the […]

Magic mushrooms can ‘reset’ depressed brain

Image copyright Getty Images A hallucinogen found in magic mushrooms can “reset” the brains of people with untreatable depression, raising hopes of a future treatment, scans suggest. The small study gave 19 patients a single dose of the psychedelic ingredient psilocybin. Half of patients ceased to be depressed and experienced changes in their brain activity […]

NHS praised after racist tweet about sickle cell disease sufferers

Image caption NHS Blood and Transplant received the racist response after tweeting an appeal for more black donors to come forward The NHS has been praised for its response to a racist comment on Twitter regarding black blood donors. NHS Blood and Transplant tweeted an appeal for more black donors to help black people with […]

Girl’s lung collapsed after screaming at One Direction

Image copyright Getty Images A 16-year-old fan’s ‘lung collapsed’ after she screamed too much at a One Direction concert, an emergency doctor told the BBC. The girl became short of breath during the concert but continued cheering “because she was a super fan”. When she attended the hospital straight afterwards, they found air had leaked […]

DNA study provides insight into how to live longer

Image copyright Getty Images Every year spent in education adds an average of 11 months to people’s lifespan, say scientists. The researchers say a person loses two months for every kilogram overweight they are – and seven years for smoking a packet of cigarettes a day. Unusually, the Edinburgh university team found their answers by […]

‘First female nipple’ broadcast in daytime TV advert for breast cancer

‘First female nipple’ broadcast in daytime TV advert for breast cancer

Image copyright CoppaFeel! Image caption The CoppaFeel! advert encourages people to check themselves for signs of breast cancer The first advertisement to appear on UK daytime television with a female nipple fully visible has been broadcast, with the full advert being shown on Monday. Created for the CoppaFeel! charity, it is being shown during Breast […]

Norfolk and Suffolk mental health trust back in special measures

Image caption The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is based at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich A mental health trust has been put back in special measures after its board “failed” to address serious concerns raised since 2014, a report says. The Care Quality Commission (CQC), which rated the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust […]

Baby talk: Mums’ voices change when speaking to infants

Image copyright Getty Images Mums alter the timbre of their voice when speaking “motherese” – or baby talk – say scientists in the US. Timbre refers to the unique quality of a sound and is why a piano sounds different to a violin, even when playing the same note. Experiments at the Princeton Baby Laboratory […]

Prince Harry calls for regular HIV and Aids testing

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The award was presented by Ian Walker and Julian La Bastide, who had both met the princess Prince Harry has paid tribute to his late mother’s work in raising awareness of HIV and Aids, and urged more people to “embrace regular testing”. The prince was speaking at the Attitude magazine […]