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Parents’ anger at baby deaths NHS trust

Parents’ anger at baby deaths NHS trust

Image copyright Kotchkiss family Image caption Sophiya Hotchkiss was born prematurely An NHS trust at the centre of an investigation into its maternity services has been accused of failing to properly investigate the deaths of at least two babies. Jack Burn and Sophiya Hotchkiss died within six months of each other. Both families say their […]

Cluster of baby deaths probe ordered

Cluster of baby deaths probe ordered

Media captionIvy Morris died in May 2016 from complications associated with her birth A cluster of baby deaths at the same NHS trust will be investigated, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said. BBC News has learned of at least seven deaths later deemed as avoidable in less than two years at the Shrewsbury and Telford […]

Nurses consider whether to strike over low pay

Nurses consider whether to strike over low pay

Image copyright Science Photo Library The Royal College of Nursing is assessing the mood for strike action in protest over pay. The largest nursing union is asking 270,000 members across the UK whether they want to strike before deciding whether to issue a formal ballot. It says a combination of pay freezes and caps on […]

Dying man Noel Conway can fight right-to-die law

Dying man Noel Conway can fight right-to-die law

Image caption Noel Conway was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2014 A terminally ill man has won the right to bring a High Court challenge over the law on assisted dying. Noel Conway, 67, asked the Court of Appeal to overturn a decision that prevented a judicial review over the blanket ban on providing […]

Dairy-free diets warning over risk to bone health

Dairy-free diets warning over risk to bone health

Image copyright Getty Images Diets which cut out dairy food could be a “ticking time bomb” for young people’s bone health, a charity is warning. A National Osteoporosis Society survey found a fifth of under 25s are cutting out or reducing dairy in their diet. It said it was concerned many young adults were putting […]

Charlie Gard case: Doctors can withdraw baby’s life support

Charlie Gard case: Doctors can withdraw baby’s life support

Image copyright PA Image caption Charlie’s rare disease has left him with irreversible brain damage and largely unable to move Doctors can withdraw life support from a sick baby with a rare genetic condition against his parents’ wishes, a High Court judge has ruled. Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital said eight-month-old Charlie Gard has […]

Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey to return to Sierra Leone

Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey to return to Sierra Leone

Media captionPauline Cafferkey fell ill with Ebola after working in Sierra Leone in 2014. Pauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse who survived Ebola, is to return to Sierra Leone for the first time since contracting the disease there. She worked as a volunteer in the West African country in 2014, where an epidemic killed almost 4,000 […]

Is Komodo dragon blood the key to new antibiotics?

Is Komodo dragon blood the key to new antibiotics?

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The Komodo dragon is the largest living lizard in the world Komodo dragon blood contains an important compound which scientists think could offer a new treatment for infected wounds. The reptile’s saliva harbours many different types of bacteria, which somehow do not affect the dragon. Scientists at George […]

Brain cell therapy ‘promising’ for Parkinson’s disease

Brain cell therapy ‘promising’ for Parkinson’s disease

Image copyright SPL Scientists believe they have found a way to treat and perhaps reverse Parkinson’s disease, by making replacement cells to mend the damaged brain. They say human brain cells can be coaxed to take over the job of the ones that are destroyed in Parkinson’s. Tests in mice with Parkinson-like symptoms showed that […]

NHS Scotland to fund ‘game-changer’ Prep HIV drug

NHS Scotland to fund ‘game-changer’ Prep HIV drug

Image copyright Getty Images A “game-changing” drug which dramatically reduces the chances of being infected with HIV is to be made available on the NHS in Scotland. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has agreed to approve the treatment, which is known as Prep. Scientists have found that a daily dose of the drug can protect […]