Genetic tests: Experts urge caution over home testing

Image copyright Getty Images People should not make health decisions based on genetic tests they do at home, experts have warned. The University of Southampton team, writing in the British Medical Journal, warn results can be unreliable. The geneticists said the tests could be wrongly reassuring – or lead to unnecessary worry. 23andMe, one of […]

NHS screening ‘needs to fit with busy lives’

Image copyright Science Photo Library There needs to be easier access to NHS screening programmes in England, including evening and weekend clinics, to increase uptake, a review says. The report by Prof Sir Mike Richards also called for tests to be offered in a wider variety of locations, including mobile units. And it recommended using […]

How dad saved son from ‘scalding cuppa’ scars

Image copyright The Gray family Image caption Archie had scalds on both thighs – but no scars Scott Gray had made a cup of tea at home and left it on the side while playing with his sons, four-year-old Archie and two-year-old Freddie. Moments later, Archie had knocked the tea off the side and on […]

Deadly parasite ‘jumped’ from gorilla to humans

Image copyright Getty Images A rare and unfortunate sequence of events allowed a deadly type of malaria in gorillas to “jump” species and attack humans, according to scientists. Hundreds of thousands of people die from malaria every year and Plasmodium falciparum – the type the researchers studied – accounts for most cases. African great apes […]

NHS screening ‘needs to fit with busy lives’

Image copyright Science Photo Library There needs to be easier access to NHS screening programmes in England, including evening and weekend clinics, to increase uptake, a review says. The report by Prof Sir Mike Richards also called for tests to be offered in a wider variety of locations, including mobile units. And it recommended using […]

How dad saved son from ‘scalding cuppa’ scars

Image copyright The Gray family Image caption Archie had scalds on both thighs – but no scars Scott Gray had made a cup of tea at home and left it on the side while playing with his sons, four-year-old Archie and two-year-old Freddie. Moments later, Archie had knocked the tea off the side and on […]

Deadly parasite ‘jumped’ from gorilla to humans

Image copyright Getty Images A rare and unfortunate sequence of events allowed a deadly type of malaria in gorillas to “jump” species and attack humans, according to scientists. Hundreds of thousands of people die from malaria every year and Plasmodium falciparum – the type the researchers studied – accounts for most cases. African great apes […]

Head injuries: Cheap drug ‘could save thousands of lives a year’

Image caption Pam Foley took part in the trial after a head injury in a road accident A cheap and widely available drug could save hundreds of thousands of lives a year worldwide if it was routinely given to people brought into hospital with head injuries, UK doctors say. Tranexamic acid helps stop bleeding in […]

More than half of A&Es ‘not good enough’

Image copyright Getty Images Half of A&Es in England are not good enough – and there are no guarantees services will get better despite the extra money going into the NHS, the regulator says. The Care Quality Commission said people were turning to A&E in a crisis because of a lack of support in the […]

Head injuries: Cheap drug ‘could save thousands of lives a year’

Image caption Pam Foley took part in the trial after a head injury in a road accident A cheap and widely available drug could save hundreds of thousands of lives a year worldwide if it was routinely given to people brought into hospital with head injuries, UK doctors say. Tranexamic acid helps stop bleeding in […]