Queen’s Speech: Ground laid for dropping ‘dementia tax’

Image copyright Keith Brofsky The Queen’s Speech has paved the way for the ditching of the controversial “dementia tax” in England, set out in the Conservative election manifesto. The value of an individual’s home was to be taken into account for all types of elderly care under the plans. The two-year government programme set out […]

Don’t be scared to let animals on wards, say nurses

Image copyright UHS Image caption Southampton Children’s Hospital is studying animal therapy on wards Hospitals should let more dogs and other animals on to wards and even into operating theatres to help patients, the Royal College of Nursing says. The call comes after the RCN collected scores of anecdotes of therapy-animals, and sometimes pets, helping […]

Older fathers have ‘geekier sons’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A stereotype of a geek, holding a cupcake Men who delay starting a family are more likely to have “geekier” sons, a study suggests. They were brighter, more focused and less bothered about fitting in – according to the “Geek Index” devised by King’s College London. The mother’s age […]

Cholesterol-lowering jab to help prevent heart disease

Image copyright BlackJack3D/Getty Human trials of a cholesterol-lowering vaccine to help prevent heart disease are under way after successful studies in mice. Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna are testing the safety of their experimental treatment in 72 volunteers. The jab is designed to stop fatty deposits from clogging the arteries. It would offer […]

Charlie Gard: European Court orders life support to continue

Image copyright PA Image caption Charlie Gard’s rare disease has left him unable to cry Terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard must continue to receive life support until judges make a ruling on whether he should undergo a trial treatment. Parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates have launched a final legal challenge at the European Court of […]

Medicine information leaflets ‘too scary’, say experts

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Lots of information on the side effects of medicines are making people anxious, the report says There is too much focus on the potential side-effects of medicines on information leaflets inside packs and not enough on their benefits, says the Academy of Medical Sciences. Its new report calls […]

Sarah Fletcher overcomes anorexia to become mother

Image caption Ms Fletcher said “everyone in the hospital was crying” A woman who was told her eating disorders meant she would never have children is celebrating the arrival of a “surprise” baby. Sarah Fletcher, 33, of Derby, had endured years of anorexia and bulimia which halted her periods and led to abdominal surgery. She […]

Sugary cereals named and shamed by Liverpool health bosses

Image caption Kellogg’s Frosties contains 3.7 sugar cubes per 40g serving, Public Health Liverpool found Health officials have named and shamed what they say are the most sugary breakfast cereals. Some, including Kellogg’s Frosties and Coco Pops, contain three-and-a-half sugar cubes or more per 40g serving, Public Health Liverpool (PHL) found. A seven to 10-year-old’s […]

Prostate cancer blood test ‘helps target treatment’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Blood tests could help target precision drugs at the right people with cancer Scientists have developed a blood test that could pick out which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from a new drug treatment. The test detects cancer DNA in the blood, helping doctors check whether […]

London fire: Some victims will be kept unconscious for days

Image copyright Leon Neal/Getty Images Image caption Many people suffered the effects of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning Hospital doctors are keeping some casualties from the Grenfell Tower fire unconscious for several days to allow them to recover from the effects of smoke inhalation. Doctors are currently treating 24 casualties in four hospitals: 12 […]