‘My baby is allergic to milk’

Tammy Morris says she felt like she was “on her own” when her baby Ila refused to breastfeed, and then had a severe allergic reaction to milk formula. It took several weeks for Ila to be diagnosed with cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA). Around 2% of babies have the allergy. Doctors say it can be […]

Abortion should not be a crime, says doctors’ body

Abortion should not be a crime, says doctors’ body

Image copyright SGO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Abortions should be treated as a medical issue and not a crime, the UK’s leading pregnancy doctors say. Currently in England, Wales and Scotland it is illegal to have a termination without approval from two doctors and could mean a prison term. Abortions should be regulated in line with other […]

New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

Image copyright SPL Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates. It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus – making it harder for HIV to resist its effects. The work is a collaboration between the US National Institutes of Health and the […]

Epilepsy drug warnings ‘not reaching women’, survey shows

Epilepsy drug warnings ‘not reaching women’, survey shows

Media captionThe dangers of taking an epilepsy drug during pregnancy are “not taken seriously” says Susan Cole Almost 70% of women surveyed about a powerful epilepsy drug have not received new safety warnings about the dangers of taking it during pregnancy, the BBC has been told exclusively. Sodium valproate, known as Epilim, carries a 10% […]

Mental health staff on long-term stress leave up 22%

Mental health staff on long-term stress leave up 22%

Image copyright PA Image caption Some trusts saw the number of staff taking long-term leave double in five years The number of NHS mental health staff who have had to take sick leave because of their own mental health issues has risen by 22% in the past five years. Those taking long-term leave of a […]

Loneliness: The cost of the ‘last taboo’

Loneliness: The cost of the ‘last taboo’

Media captionDerek Taylor, 90, wrote tips on tackling loneliness, which have now been published Researchers have put a financial price on an “epidemic of loneliness” – estimating it costs £6,000 per person in health costs and pressure on local services. But the London School of Economics study of older people says for every £1 spent […]

Epilepsy drug’s safety reviewed over pregnancy risk

Epilepsy drug’s safety reviewed over pregnancy risk

Image caption About 20,000 babies have been left with disabilities in the UK since the 1970s Women whose children have been harmed by the epilepsy drug sodium valproate will give evidence to a European-wide safety review in London next week. The European Medicines Agency will examine whether warnings about risks to unborn babies are strong […]

Quit smoking campaign Stoptober backs e-cigs for first time

Quit smoking campaign Stoptober backs e-cigs for first time

Image caption The Stoptober campaign runs from 1 October The annual Stoptober campaign in England is embracing e-cigarettes for the first time – in a sign vaping is being seen as the key to getting people to quit. Health experts have tended to shy away from explicitly promoting e-cigarettes. But the government campaign during October […]

Court ruling not needed to withdraw care, judge says

Court ruling not needed to withdraw care, judge says

Image copyright Getty Images Legal permission will no longer be required to end care for patients in a permanent vegetative state, a judge has ruled. Until now a judge must also consent, even if medics and relatives agree to withdraw nutrition from a patient. But in what been described as a landmark decision, those cases […]

Nine in 10 GPs rated good or outstanding

Nine in 10 GPs rated good or outstanding

Image copyright Science Photo Library Nine in 10 GP surgeries in England have been rated as good and outstanding by inspectors. It means general practice is the highest performing sector in the NHS, according to the Care Quality Commission ratings, above hospitals, mental health and social care. But inspectors did flag up safety concerns at […]

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