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Cancer patient scans cancelled over equipment problems

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption A cancer under a microscope Hundreds of cancer patients at West Midlands hospitals have had scans cancelled due to equipment problems. The PET scans are given to patients with advanced stages of the disease including prostate, lung and bowel cancers to see how far it has spread. Alliance […]

Severe pregnancy sickness: ‘I thought I was dying’

Media captionEssex mum ‘bedbound for six months of pregnancy’ For Hannah Dalton, pregnancy meant not being able to drink fluids for eight months without throwing up, going into hospital 27 times for intravenous drips and living off ice lollies and anti-sickness medication. Hannah, 30, from Thundersley, Essex, had hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), the severe pregnancy sickness […]

Frail elderly ‘failed by care deserts’

Image copyright Getty Images The system for looking after frail older people in England is falling apart, with what are being dubbed “care deserts” emerging, a charity says. An analysis carried out for Age UK indicates about 30% of areas now have no residential care beds. The situation is even worse for nursing homes – […]

Glucosamine supplements ‘may cut heart risk’

Image copyright Getty Images Glucosamine supplements, better known as a remedy for joint pain, may lower a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), research suggests. The findings in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) come from nearly half a million people in the UK. Almost one in five of the 466,039 participants said they took glucosamine. […]

Thyroid disease ‘being over-treated’

Image copyright Getty Images Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK are being prescribed thyroid drugs unnecessarily, according to international researchers. They advise against lifelong hormone treatment for mild underactive thyroid problems (hypothyroidism), saying there is not enough proof it helps. The daily tablets do not appear to ease symptoms such as tiredness, low […]

Mental health spending varies widely across England

Image copyright Getty Images There is nearly a two-fold difference in mental health spending across England, an analysis suggests. Mental health charity Mind looked at investment across 42 NHS regions. It found that Surrey Heartlands spent the least – £124 per person last year – compared with South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, which spent more than […]

Bed bugs found in King’s College Hospital postnatal ward

Image copyright PA Image caption A number of beds in the postnatal unit at King’s College Hospital are being treated for bed bugs Staff working in a maternity ward are having to wear protective clothing after bed bugs were found on the unit. King’s College Hospital in Denmark Hill, south London, said a number of […]

Hospitals to test mums-to-be for risky group-B strep

Image copyright Bethany Foss Image caption Daisey-May was born with GBS Screening for a life-threatening bacterial infection of babies is to be offered in a trial with 80 hospitals in England, Wales and Scotland. About 150,000 pregnant women – one in five – carry group-B streptococcus. And if it is undiagnosed, there is a chance […]

Body image concerns ‘making people suicidal’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Concerns about body image are making large numbers of people depressed and even suicidal, a survey suggests. The poll of 4,500 UK adults found a third had felt anxious about their bodies, with one in eight experiencing suicidal thoughts. The Mental Health Foundation, which commissioned the survey, said the issue […]

Mental health cut-off: Why sling me out of CAMHS at 18?

Kirsty was being treated by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) up until the age of 18. She’s one of 25,000 young people in England that make the move to adult mental health services every year. But many young people struggle to make a smooth transition and can end up going months or even […]