Great Ormond Street Hospital ‘failing’ intersex children

Great Ormond Street Hospital is not meeting care standards for intersex children, a BBC investigation says. It found that some patients who had been born with sexual development disorders, and their families, had no access to psychological care. And not all cases were properly discussed before the patient had life changing, irreversible surgery. Health regulator […]

NHS staff urged to get flu jabs to protect patients

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption NHS staff can have the vaccination for free to protect patients and the public NHS leaders are urging nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers to have a flu vaccination to protect their patients this winter. Vulnerable groups, such as children, pregnant women and older people are also reminded […]

Children’s door-crush finger injuries ‘can be lifelong’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Children can seriously injure their fingers in doors Children and toddlers whose fingers are crushed by closing doors can end up with lifelong problems, plastic surgeons are warning. The British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (Bapras) said the injuries in some cases could lead to amputation and long-term […]

Pregabalin: Spending on ‘new valium’ greater in north

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Use of pregabalin has grown substantially in the past few years Prescribing rates for a valium-like drug linked to 111 deaths in a year vary widely across England, BBC analysis suggests. Monthly spending on prescriptions containing pregabalin was 88% higher in the North East and 83% higher in the […]

Medicines research warning over Brexit

Image copyright Getty Images Britain risks losing its leading position in drug research and development if plans for regulating medicines after Brexit are not set out soon, one of the UK’s most influential research leaders has warned. Prof Jeremy Farrar, head of the Wellcome Trust, called for “clarity”. He said delays could slow down the […]

UK eggs declared safe 30 years after salmonella scare

Image caption Runny eggs can now be enjoyed by everyone “Lion mark” eggs have been declared safe for pregnant women and young children, nearly 30 years after a salmonella scare. Vulnerable groups had been advised not to eat raw, soft boiled or runny eggs. The Food Standards Agency says “Lion Mark” eggs, which include almost […]

Child and teen obesity spreading across the globe

Image copyright Getty Images Child and teenage obesity levels have risen ten-fold in the last four decades, meaning 124m boys and girls around the globe are too fat, according to new research. The analysis in the Lancet is the largest of its kind and looks at obesity trends in over 200 countries. In the UK, […]

Fertility MOT tests ‘a waste of money’

Image copyright Getty Images Fertility tests marketed at women worried they have left it too late to have a baby, can be a “waste of money”. Ovarian reserve tests, which can cost £100 or more, measure hormones in blood to give an idea of how many eggs a woman has. Latest research in the Journal […]

NHS future precarious, says regulator

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says the health system is “straining at the seams” and faces a “precarious” future. The England’s regulator’s annual report raised concerns about staff shortages, rising demand and the number of patients with preventable illnesses. It said so far the quality of NHS and council care has been maintained but warned […]

Care after miscarriage ‘not consistent enough’

Image copyright Nick Osborne Image caption Corinne Fowler was left with no closure after her miscarriage at 13 weeks Women are not being told all the options when deciding how to dispose of pregnancy remains after miscarriage in England, a report suggests. Corinne Fowler did not realise she could take her baby’s remains home – […]