Care homes: Public ‘pay unfair fees to plug £1bn shortfall’

Image copyright Getty Images Care homes have been applying unfair charges and over-the-top fees for self-funders, an official review shows. The Competition and Market Authority found some homes had applied large upfront costs and charged families for weeks after their relatives had died. The watchdog also highlighted how those paying for themselves were charged much […]

Thyroid drug to remain available on the NHS

Media captionThyroid drug T3: ‘It was like a light was switched on’ The thyroid drug liothyronine will remain available on the NHS in England, after health bosses reconsidered a proposal to restrict access. Liothyronine (T3) is taken by patients with an underactive thyroid, although most take a cheaper drug called T4. But the NHS England […]

Migraine therapy that cut attacks hailed as ‘huge deal’

Image copyright Getty Images A new approach to preventing migraines can cut the number and severity of attacks, two clinical trials show. About 50% of people on one study halved the number of migraines they had each month, which researchers at King’s College Hospital called a “huge deal”. The treatment is the first specifically designed […]

Quick-fix slimming pills ‘potentially dangerous’, says medicines body

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption In 2016, £3.7m worth of fake slimming pills were seized Slimming pills bought online are “potentially dangerous” and can cause serious health problems, says the UK’s medicines watchdog. Side-effects can include heart problems, blurred vision and diarrhoea, and some contain banned ingredients. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory […]

Early baldness higher heart disease risk factor than obesity, says study

Image copyright Getty Images Male pattern baldness and premature greying are more of a risk factor for heart disease than obesity in men under 40, new research suggests. A study of more than 2,000 young men in India showed more who had coronary artery disease were prematurely bald or grey than men with a full […]

My shock at discovering I was a donor child

Image copyright Science Photo Library When parents tell a child that he or she was conceived from a donated egg, or donated sperm, it can come as quite a shock. After Elaine Chong wrote about donating her eggs to help other couples have a child, two readers got in touch to explain how the revelation […]

Viagra can be sold over the counter

Image copyright Getty Images Men will no longer require a prescription to obtain the impotence drug Viagra and will instead be able to buy it over the counter at pharmacies. The decision by the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency follows a public consultation. It will be up to pharmacists to judge whether men […]

We must do better on baby deaths and injuries – Hunt

Image copyright Science Photo Library The NHS in England must do better at learning from mistakes to cut the number of baby deaths and injuries in childbirth, the health secretary says. There are an estimated 1,000 cases a year where babies unexpectedly die or are left with severe brain injury. That is out of nearly […]

Scarlet fever cases hit 50-year high in England

Image copyright Getty Images Scarlet fever hit its highest level in England for 50 years, with more than 17,000 cases reported in 2016 – research in the Lancet shows. The disease has been on the rise since 2014, but experts have so far failed to find a reason for the recent increase. Doctors are urging […]

‘Third of mothers’ experience mental health issues

Image caption Lauren Doyle suffered PTSD after having her first daughter Ava More than a third of mothers have experienced mental health issues related to parenthood, according to an online survey of 1,800 British parents by the BBC Radio 5 live and YouGov. The study revealed that, in comparison, 17% of fathers had experienced similar […]