Learning disability ‘trapped’ in hospitals as NHS target missed

Image copyright Getty Images An NHS target to reduce the number of people with learning disabilities being treated in long-stay hospitals has been missed, resulting in more than 2,200 remaining in-patients in England. Charities say they are at risk of abuse and neglect in hospital units and should be cared for in homes in the […]

Pig brains partially revived four hours after death

Image copyright Getty Images US scientists have partially revived pig brains four hours after the animals were slaughtered. The findings could fuel debate about the barrier between life and death, and provide a new way of researching diseases like Alzheimer’s. The study showed the death of brain cells could be halted and that some connections […]

HIV used to cure ‘bubble boy’ disease

Image copyright Courtesy of St Jude Children’s Research hospital Image caption Gael, a patient at St Jude Children’s research hospital who received treatment, with his mother US scientists say they used HIV to make a gene therapy that cured eight infants of severe combined immunodeficiency, or “bubble boy” disease. Results of the research, developed at […]

Salon opens ‘safe space’ for breastfeeding mums in Dereham

A beauty salon owner has invited mums to use her business as a place to breastfeed their babies, after her sister was made to feel “uncomfortable” doing it in public. Kay Willmott, who runs Elle Belle’s Beauty Studio in Dereham, Norfolk, said: “You’ve got no control over when your child needs to feed, and you […]

Mother of 14-year-old who killed herself at the Priory speaks out

Amy El-Keria was a patient at Ticehurst House Psychiatric Hospital, which has been fined £300,000 over her death in 2012. In 2016, an inquest found her death may have been prevented if she had received proper care at the hospital in East Sussex. She was found hanged in her room. Priory Healthcare has admitted breaching […]

‘A wonder drug helped me eat – then for 10 years I had to go without’

Because of rare illness, Louise Moorhouse is on a special diet of pills or foul-tasting shakes. There’s a drug that would allow her to eat like anyone else – she took it for three years during a clinical trial. But the NHS won’t pay for it, reports the BBC’s Deborah Cohen – and the drug […]

Technology to keep dementia patients out of hospital

Image copyright Imperial College London Sensors small enough to fit in the ear, robotic devices and sleep monitors could all become standard technology in the homes of people with dementia, scientists say. The idea is to keep people safe and independent in their own homes, rather than needing to go to hospital. Scientists, engineers and […]

Epilepsy charity calls for social media seizure warnings

Image copyright iStock Image caption Unlike TV programmes, social media platforms do not have to give warnings when potentially harmful flashing images are about to appear A growing number of people with epilepsy have said they are having seizures triggered by flashing images on social media, a charity has warned. The Epilepsy Society wants the […]

Stoma bags: Bin rules ‘can add to house share struggles’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAmber has a stoma after having her bowel removed Piles of washing up, trying to squash all your rubbish in one bin and sharing a bathroom is all part of living in a shared house. But for people living with medical conditions these things can be more […]

Free sanitary products plan extended to primary girls

Free sanitary products will be offered to girls in all primary schools in England from early 2020. It follows Chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement last month of funding for free sanitary products in secondary schools and colleges. Amika George, founder of the #FreePeriods campaign, called the latest move “fantastic news”. Children and families minister Nadhim Zahawi […]

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