Parents ‘should decide care of baby’

Media captionParents Connie Yates and Chris Gard do not believe Charlie is in pain The parents of a seven-month-old baby who are challenging doctors in court to keep him on life support say they deserve the right to judge his care. Connie Yates’s and Chris Gard’s son, Charlie, is receiving 24-hour treatment at London’s Great […]

Sheila Hynes died when surgeons inserted heart valve upside down

Sheila Hynes died when surgeons inserted heart valve upside down

Image copyright Adrian Don/PA Wire Image caption Sheila Hynes died in 2015 after an error was made during a routine operation A woman died after surgeons inserted a heart valve upside down. Sheila Hynes suffered massive internal bleeding during what should have been a routine operation at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne. The […]

Prize for cracking brain’s ‘feel good’ system

Image copyright SPL The UK-based winners cracked the brain’s “reward centre” It influences your happiness, pleasure or motivation to do something But the system can go wrong turning people into addicts Three UK-based scientists have won a prestigious prize worth 1m euros for studying the brain’s reward centre. Their work helps understand our drive to […]

Edinburgh University given £20m for autism studies

Edinburgh University given £20m for autism studies

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Individuals with autism have less activity in the amygdala (shown in red) Edinburgh University researchers hoping to develop new treatments for autism have received a £20m funding boost from a US philanthropic foundation. The Simons Foundation has given the cash for studies into the biological mechanisms that underpin […]

Aimee was left disabled after contracting Group B Strep

Campaigners are calling for all mums to be screened for Group B Strep in a bid to help save lives and prevent babies being left with disabilities. Early Onset Group B Strep is a bacteria carried by mums which can be passed onto babies. In most cases it is harmless, but it can cause meningitis, […]

NHS protest: Tens of thousands march against ‘hospital cuts’

NHS protest: Tens of thousands march against ‘hospital cuts’

Image copyright AFP Tens of thousands of people – including NHS workers, campaigners and union representatives – have marched in London to protest against “yet more austerity” in the health service. Protesters on the #OurNHS march wanted to draw attention to plans which could see hospital services in nearly two-thirds of England cut back. Union […]

Sleep problems mounting in children

Media captionThe parents of restless toddler Elise try out a new bedtime routine Hospital attendances in England for children under 14 with sleep disorders have tripled in 10 years, according to NHS data analysed by BBC Panorama. Ten times more prescriptions of common sleep medication melatonin have also been written for children and adults under […]

Artificial ’embryos’ created in the lab

Artificial ’embryos’ created in the lab

Image caption Stem cells coordinate to produce the embryo Scientists have created “artificial embryos” using stem cells from mice, in what they believe is a world first. The University of Cambridge team used two types of stem cells and a 3D scaffold to create a structure closely resembling a natural mouse embryo. Previous attempts have […]

Buying medications online ‘can put health at risk’

Buying medications online ‘can put health at risk’

Image copyright SPL People should be wary of buying medications on the internet after an investigation found “widespread failings” at some online providers, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said. The watchdog inspected 11 internet prescription services in England, finding some “potentially presenting a significant risk to patients”. The regulator said while some providers were […]

NHS ‘overcharged’ by drug makers’ non-compete deal, says CMA

NHS ‘overcharged’ by drug makers’ non-compete deal, says CMA

Image copyright Getty Images Two pharmaceutical firms have been accused of pushing up the price of a “lifesaving” NHS drug by striking a deal not to compete with each other. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said in provisional findings that Actavis and Concordia fixed the market for hydrocortisone tablets. The drug is used to […]