Schizophrenia patients calmed by video game

Image copyright King’s College London Image caption Patients in the study had to control the rocket and bring it down to earth People with schizophrenia can be trained by playing a video game to control the part of the brain linked to verbal hallucinations, researchers say. Patients in a small study were able to land […]

Peter Rabbit film producers apologise over allergy scene

Image copyright Phillip Faraone Image caption The scene in the new Peter Rabbit film involving blackberries led to calls for a boycott The makers of the new film Peter Rabbit have apologised after facing a backlash over their depiction of a character’s allergy. A scene in the film shows a character who suffers a blackberry […]

First human eggs grown in laboratory

Image copyright University of Edinburgh Image caption A lab-grown, human egg made by scientists at the University of Edinburgh Human eggs have been grown in the laboratory for the first time, say researchers at the University of Edinburgh. The team say the technique could lead to new ways of preserving the fertility of children having […]

Hip fracture patients face up to 80-day wait for rehab, survey finds

Image copyright Getty Images Hip fracture patients in England and Wales are waiting up to 80 days to get rehabilitation treatment after leaving hospital, according to a survey of nearly 6,000 patients. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy said people face a “postcode lottery” over waits, with only one in five people being seen within a […]

NHS pressure: Hospital corridors ‘the new emergency wards’

Media captionBBC gains exclusive access to A&E at University Hospital of North Tees Hospital corridors are the new emergency wards, experts say, with growing numbers of patients finding themselves stuck on trolleys because there are no beds for them. The warning comes as figures for the NHS in England showed January was one of the […]

Richard Handley: ‘Gross failures’ in constipation death

Image copyright Handley family photo Image caption The inquest heard Richard Handley vomited and choked A “missed opportunity” for potentially life-saving treatment contributed to the death of a man from constipation complications, an inquest has found. Richard Handley, 33, who had Down’s syndrome, died at Ipswich Hospital on 17 November 2012. Some 10kg (22lb) of […]

Food may influence cancer spread

Image copyright Getty Images There is mounting evidence the food on your plate can alter cancer’s growth and spread, say Cambridge scientists. Animal research, published in the journal Nature, showed breast tumours struggled without the dietary nutrient asparagine. It is found in the foodies’ favourite asparagus, as well as poultry, seafood and many other foods. […]

Care sector: ‘Short of nurses and other key staff’

Low rates of pay and workload pressures mean care services can no longer fill key posts in England, a watchdog says. The National Audit Office said a lack of planning and funding had undermined the workforce of 1.34 million carers, nurses, therapists and managers. The sector was particularly struggling to recruit nurses and senior staff […]

Parents’ care can help premature babies in hospital, says study

Image copyright Getty Images Letting parents get directly involved with the care of their premature babies in intensive care can help the health and wellbeing of both, a study says. A trial in Australia, New Zealand and Canada showed babies whose parents took part put on more weight and continued to be breastfed more often […]

Anti-obesity programmes in primary schools ‘don’t work’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Children were encouraged to do an extra 30 minutes of exercise every day School programmes encouraging children to take more exercise and eat healthily are unlikely to have any real effect on childhood obesity, a study in the British Medical Journal suggests. More than 600 primary school pupils in […]