Women ‘more likely to lose interest in sex than men’

Women ‘more likely to lose interest in sex than men’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Relationships of longer than a year were a factor in women’s lack of interest in sex Women are more than twice as likely as men to lack interest in sex when living with a partner, a study of British sexual attitudes suggests. It found that while men and women […]

Ian Paterson: Victims of disgraced surgeon get £37m

Ian Paterson: Victims of disgraced surgeon get £37m

Image copyright PA Image caption Paterson is serving a 20-year sentence for wounding patients About 750 victims of rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson are to be paid compensation from a new £37m fund. Private healthcare firm Spire has agreed to pay £27.2m, with £10m coming from Paterson’s insurers and the Heart of England NHS Trust. […]

More pregnant women to get Group B Strep treatment

More pregnant women to get Group B Strep treatment

Image copyright RCOG Image caption Rebecca with her daughter, Hannah, and baby Alistair, who was treated for Strep B All pregnant women who go into labour too soon should be given antibiotics to protect their baby from a potentially deadly infection called Group B Strep (GBS), say new guidelines. Hundreds of newborn babies a year […]

Belfast scientists design flexible organic battery

Belfast scientists design flexible organic battery

Image copyright Queen’s University Belfast Image caption The flexible organic supercapacitor could last three times longer than conventional batteries Queen’s University Belfast scientists have designed a new flexible organic battery that could revolutionise how medical implants are powered. Devices such as pacemakers are currently fitted with rigid metal based batteries, which can cause discomfort. The […]

NHS checks ‘should be done at shops and stadiums’

NHS checks ‘should be done at shops and stadiums’

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Vital health checks should be carried out in shops and at football grounds to diagnose people at risk of heart attacks and strokes, NHS chiefs say. NHS England and Public Health England are urging the novel approach to get more people to come forward for the over-40s checks programme. Only […]

NHS told to brace itself for bad flu season

NHS told to brace itself for bad flu season

Image copyright Science Photo Library Flu could put much more pressure than usual on GPs and hospitals this winter, health bosses are predicting. It follows the worst outbreak in many years in Australia and New Zealand. Speaking at a health conference in Manchester, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said the winter flu season there […]

‘Weak evidence’ light alcohol use in pregnancy harms

‘Weak evidence’ light alcohol use in pregnancy harms

Image copyright Getty Images There is “surprisingly limited” evidence that light drinking during pregnancy poses any risk to the baby, say UK researchers. They reviewed all the available studies done on the topic since the 1950s and found no convincing proof that a drink or two a week is harmful. The Bristol University team stress […]

Children warned over lethal men-of-war

Children warned over lethal men-of-war

Image caption A Portuguese man-of-war, which was one of a group of six, washed up at Gwithian Large numbers of potentially fatal Portuguese man-of-war have washed up on a Cornish beach, prompting its closure. RNLI lifeguards erected do not swim red flags at Perranporth beach earlier because of the “unusually large number” of the creatures. […]

Sepsis: Some NHS hospitals missing treatment target

Sepsis: Some NHS hospitals missing treatment target

Image copyright EYE OF SCIENCE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition caused by the body overreacting to infection One in four NHS hospital trusts is failing to give antibiotics to half their patients with sepsis within the recommended time, new figures suggest. Figures from 104 trusts seen by BBC Panorama show […]