New antibiotic family discovered in dirt

Image copyright Science Photo Library US scientists have discovered a new family of antibiotics in soil samples. The natural compounds could be used to combat hard-to-treat infections, the team at Rockefeller University hopes. Tests show the compounds, called malacidins, annihilate several bacterial diseases that have become resistant to most existing antibiotics, including the superbug MRSA. […]

Cold open water plunge may provide instant pain relief

Image copyright Science Photo Library A man who suffered constant pain after surgery cured it by taking a plunge in cold open water. The man’s case has been reviewed by doctors who suggest a short, sharp cold water swim may offer an alternative to strong painkillers and physiotherapy. The 28-year-old man who suffered from post-operative […]

Orthorexia: My ‘healthy food’ eating disorder

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Take sick children to pharmacies first, parents told

Image copyright Getty Images Parents of young children with minor illnesses should take them to pharmacies rather than GPs or A&E, a new NHS England campaign says. It follows a survey which found just 6% of parents with under-fives would go to a pharmacist first. NHS England said visits to GPs and A&E for these […]

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 […]

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