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Rikke Schmidt Kjaergaard on surviving being ‘locked’ inside her body.

Image copyright Katrine Philp Image caption Rikke Schmidt Kjaergaard could only communicate by blinking Imagine suddenly finding yourself in a world where you can’t speak, move or even breathe unaided. Your heart stopped on the way to hospital, meaning you’ve briefly technically died, but they managed to keep you alive. But now you have to, […]

Prostate cancer immune system drug results could be ‘spectacular’

Image copyright Reuters Drugs that boost the immune system have saved the lives of some men with terminal prostate cancer, say doctors in the UK. The team at the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden Hospital in London said the results were “spectacular” and a “big deal”. However, the therapy will not work […]

‘Virtual brain operation’ moves a step closer to reality

Image copyright Hannelore Aerts Image caption A large brain tumour (highlighted in orange) Software that can map the structure of an individual human brain is being trialled in Belgium in tumour patients. Researchers at Ghent University modelled the brains of 25 tumour patients and 11 controls. They found that the software could accurately predict the […]

Rise in ‘preventable’ emergency readmissions to hospital

Image copyright Science Photo Library Increasing numbers of people are being readmitted to hospital in England with preventable conditions such as pneumonia and pressure sores, according to Nuffield Trust research. Better care in hospital and at home afterwards could have made a difference, it said. Emergency readmissions, within 30 days of discharge, have risen by […]

Bereaved parents ‘let down at work by lack of support’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bereaved parents say talking about their loss helps with the grieving process Two out of five parents who went back to work after their baby died said no-one talked to them about their loss, a charity says. A survey of more than 2,500 bereaved parents also found that most […]

Better orgasms and no leaks

“I had had three kids and was a bit leaky,” says Elaine Miller. Her experience is very common, so now she teaches others how to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles. Squeeze along as she shares some exercises with a group of mums. Video production: Ruth Evans and Tom Beal Better orgasms and no leaks

Rise in ‘preventable’ emergency readmissions to hospital

Image copyright Science Photo Library Increasing numbers of people are being readmitted to hospital in England with preventable conditions such as pneumonia and pressure sores, according to Nuffield Trust research. Better care in hospital and at home afterwards could have made a difference, it said. Emergency readmissions, within 30 days of discharge, have risen by […]

Bereaved parents ‘let down at work by lack of support’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bereaved parents say talking about their loss helps with the grieving process Two out of five parents who went back to work after their baby died said no-one talked to them about their loss, a charity says. A survey of more than 2,500 bereaved parents also found that most […]

Educate children to tackle ethnic minority donor crisis, MPs say

Image copyright Getty Images School pupils should learn about organ and blood donation to help tackle the “silent crisis” of a lack of ethnic minority donors in England, a group of Labour MPs has said. Demand for blood, stem cells and organs in these groups is particularly high and supply very low, their review says. […]

Study casts doubt on ‘healthy obesity’

Image copyright Getty Images Women who are overweight or obese but otherwise healthy are still at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, a large study suggests. The analysis tracked the health of 90,257 women in the US for up to 30 years. Those with excess weight were likelier to have a stroke or heart attack, […]