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Balloon emergency surgery treatment gets £1.1m Aberdeen study

Balloon emergency surgery treatment gets £1.1m Aberdeen study

Image copyright University of Aberdeen Image caption Reboa sees a balloon device go into the body’s main artery An emergency treatment using a balloon device to control catastrophic bleeding in accident victims is being trialled as part of a new £1.1m study. The University of Aberdeen trial – over four years – compares the survival […]

Experts excited by brain ‘wonder-drug’

Experts excited by brain ‘wonder-drug’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There is no drug that slows the pace of dementia Scientists hope they have found a drug to stop all neurodegenerative brain diseases, including dementia. In 2013, a UK Medical Research Council team stopped brain cells dying in an animal for the first time, creating headline news around the […]

‘Phenomenal’ progress in fighting tropical diseases

‘Phenomenal’ progress in fighting tropical diseases

Image copyright Louise Gubb Image caption More people are now getting treatment for lymphatic filariasis which makes limbs swell There has been a record-breaking achievement in distributing tablets to fight neglected tropical diseases, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says. The effort has ramped up since a key meeting in London five years ago. In […]

Housing problems causing mental illness, says charity

Housing problems causing mental illness, says charity

Image copyright Shelter Image caption Brenda, pictured with her daughter and granddaughter, says she considered ending her life when she was faced with eviction Housing problems in England are causing people to suffer anxiety, depression and panic attacks, says Shelter. Of people who had experienced housing worries within the past five years, 69% said their […]

Vaginal mesh implants: Hundreds sue NHS over ‘barbaric’ treatment

Vaginal mesh implants: Hundreds sue NHS over ‘barbaric’ treatment

Image caption Kate Langley has been left in permanent pain by her vaginal mesh implant More than 800 UK women are taking legal action against the NHS and the makers of vaginal mesh implants, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned. The implants are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence after childbirth, but some […]

‘Touchscreen-toddlers’ sleep less, researchers say

‘Touchscreen-toddlers’ sleep less, researchers say

Image copyright Getty Images Toddlers who spend time playing on smartphones and tablets seem to get slightly less sleep than those who do not, say researchers. The study in Scientific Reports suggests every hour spent using a touchscreen each day was linked to 15 minutes less sleep. However, those playing with touchscreens do develop their […]

Parents’ anger at baby deaths NHS trust

Parents’ anger at baby deaths NHS trust

Image copyright Kotchkiss family Image caption Sophiya Hotchkiss was born prematurely An NHS trust at the centre of an investigation into its maternity services has been accused of failing to properly investigate the deaths of at least two babies. Jack Burn and Sophiya Hotchkiss died within six months of each other. Both families say their […]

‘Touchscreen-toddlers’ sleep less, researchers say

‘Touchscreen-toddlers’ sleep less, researchers say

Image copyright Getty Images Toddlers who spend time playing on smartphones and tablets seem to get slightly less sleep than those who do not, say researchers. The study in Scientific Reports suggests every hour spent using a touchscreen each day was linked to 15 minutes less sleep. However, those playing with touchscreens do develop their […]

Parents’ anger at baby deaths NHS trust

Parents’ anger at baby deaths NHS trust

Image copyright Kotchkiss family Image caption Sophiya Hotchkiss was born prematurely An NHS trust at the centre of an investigation into its maternity services has been accused of failing to properly investigate the deaths of at least two babies. Jack Burn and Sophiya Hotchkiss died within six months of each other. Both families say their […]

Cluster of baby deaths probe ordered

Cluster of baby deaths probe ordered

Media captionIvy Morris died in May 2016 from complications associated with her birth A cluster of baby deaths at the same NHS trust will be investigated, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said. BBC News has learned of at least seven deaths later deemed as avoidable in less than two years at the Shrewsbury and Telford […]