Sleep disorder tests carried out by NHS doubles

Image copyright BBC News Image caption The NHS last year conducted a record number of sleep diagnostic tests The number of tests carried out by the NHS to diagnose people with sleep disorders across England has doubled in the past decade, figures reveal. NHS data shows that 147,610 sleep diagnostic tests were carried out last […]

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 […]

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 […]

Coconut oil ‘as unhealthy as beef fat and butter’

Image copyright Magone/Getty Coconut oil is as unhealthy as beef dripping and butter, say US heart experts. It is packed with saturated fat which can raise “bad” cholesterol, says the American Heart Association in updated advice. Coconut oil is commonly sold as a health food and some claim the fat in it may be better […]

NHS cyber-attack was ‘launched from North Korea’

Image copyright PA Image caption GCHQ can detect the work of hackers around the globe British security officials believe that hackers in North Korea were behind the cyber-attack that crippled parts of the NHS and other organisations around the world last month, the BBC has learned. Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) led the international […]

Heroic public sector staff deserve more pay – Hunt

Image copyright Carl Court/Getty Images Image caption Nurses from St Thomas’ Hospital handed out blankets after the Westminster Bridge attack Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has indicated he will press the chancellor to give public sector staff more pay. He made the comments following a speech in which he praised the way NHS staff and the […]

‘Monumental U-turn’ on cancer drug

Image copyright SPL A pioneering and life-extending drug repeatedly deemed too expensive will now be offered on the NHS in England. It is the result of a confidential deal between the health service and the drug company Roche. Kadcyla, the undiscounted cost of which had been £90,000 per patient, adds an average of six months […]

Pregnant women smoking rates ‘concern’ in England

Image copyright Thinkstock The reduction in smoking rates among pregnant women in England has slowed down in the past year, prompting concern from health charities. NHS figures show 10.5% of women currently smoke at the time of delivery – a drop of only 0.1% on last year. Over the same period, smoking rates among adults […]