Alfie Evans case: Court rules against parents again

Image copyright ACTION4ALFIE Image caption Alfie Evans is in a “semi-vegetative state” in the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital The parents of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans have lost their latest legal battle. Tom Evans and Kate James asked Court of Appeal judges to rule that the 23-month-old should be allowed to receive treatment in Italy. […]

Ketamine has ‘fast-acting benefits’ for depression

Image copyright Science Photo Library Ketamine has “shown promise” in the rapid treatment of major depression and suicidal thoughts, a US study says. Ketamine has a reputation as a party drug but is licensed as an anaesthetic. The study found use of the drug via a nasal spray led to “significant” improvements in depressive symptoms […]

Genes behind deadly heart condition found, scientists say

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scientists looked at the genes of people with pulmonary arterial hypertension to find out what was causing the condition Scientists say they have identified genes that cause a deadly heart condition that can only be cured by transplants of the heart or lungs. Pulmonary arterial hypertension kills 50% of […]

Regular excess drinking can take years off your life, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Regularly drinking above the UK alcohol guidelines can take years off your life, according to a major report. The study of 600,000 drinkers estimated that having 10 to 15 alcoholic drinks every week could shorten a person’s life by between one and two years. And they warned that people who drink […]

Going through the menopause at 11 years old

Amanda was 11 years old when she started experiencing symptoms of premature ovarian insufficiency, otherwise known as early menopause. According to The Daisy Network, early menopause can be caused by genetic issues or auto-immune disease, but in most cases the underlying cause is not known. Going through the menopause at 11 years old

Why some cancers are ‘born to be bad’

Why some cancers are ‘born to be bad’

Image copyright Crick Institute A groundbreaking study has uncovered why some patients’ cancers are more deadly than others, despite appearing identical. Francis Crick Institute scientists developed a way of analysing a cancer’s history to predict its future. The study on kidney cancer patients showed some tumours were “born to be bad” while others never became […]

Student suicide increase warning

Image copyright Getty Images The suicide rate among UK students is higher than among the general population of their age group, claim researchers. The study, to be presented next month at the International Suicide Prevention Conference in New Zealand, has analysed figures for student suicides between 2007 and 2016. But the Office for National Statistics […]

The 10 worst A&Es for waits revealed

Image copyright Getty Images A&E waiting times have reached their highest levels in England – as a BBC analysis indentifies the services with the worst individual waits. Hospitals are meant to see 95% of patients in four hours. But the difficult winter means the NHS has recorded its worst-ever annual performance – at 88.4% – […]

Late risers at increased risk of early death, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images People who go to bed late and struggle to wake in the morning are more likely to die prematurely than early risers, according to new research. Night owls are 10% more likely to have early deaths than morning larks, a study of some 433,000 people found. The research also found late […]

YouTube star prompts conversation about social anxiety

Image copyright Getty Images Talking openly about social anxiety to people who haven’t experienced it can be really difficult, but a YouTube star was determined to start a conversation with her fans about it. In her candid tweet, Jessie Paege described what it’s like having social anxiety and that it’s not just about staying indoors, […]