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Beauty sleep is a real thing, research shows

Beauty sleep is a real thing, research shows

Image copyright MilanMarkovic/Getty images Beauty sleep is a real thing, according to researchers who have shown that people who miss out on sleep do appear less attractive to others. A couple of bad nights is enough to make a person look “significantly” more ugly, their sleep experiments suggest. Dark-circled “panda” eyes and puffy lids can […]

Private surgery ‘needs better patient safety regulation’

Private surgery ‘needs better patient safety regulation’

Image copyright Getty Images The Royal College of Surgeons has called for a review of the way private hospitals are regulated, following the case of Ian Paterson. The surgeon was convicted last month of unlawfully wounding patients during breast surgery at private clinics in the West Midlands. He is due to be sentenced this month. […]

NHS cyber attack: A&Es ‘fully open’ again

NHS cyber attack: A&Es ‘fully open’ again

Image copyright EPA Patients are no longer being diverted away from accident and emergency units following the cyber attack, NHS England says. When the computer virus struck on Friday 47 trusts were affected and seven had to close their doors in A&E to ambulances. Some routine surgery and GP appointments were also cancelled across the […]

Cancer drug price hike company investigated

Cancer drug price hike company investigated

Image copyright SPL The European Commission has launched an investigation into claims that drug company Aspen Pharma excessively increased prices of five life-saving cancer medicines. The drugs include chlorambucil and busulfan – used to treat leukaemia. The Commission said it was looking at claims that Aspen imposed “very significant and unjustified” price hikes. The company […]

Road accidents biggest global killer of teenagers

Road accidents biggest global killer of teenagers

Image copyright Chananchida/Getty images Road traffic injuries are the biggest killer of teenagers globally, international data released by the World Health Organization reveals. In 2015, more than 1.2 million adolescents died. Road injuries were to blame for about one in 10 of these deaths. Most of the road fatalities involved males between the ages of […]

NHS cyber-attack: Experts strive to restore NHS computers

NHS cyber-attack: Experts strive to restore NHS computers

Media captionExperts discuss the attack: “The most terrifying thing about this is how simple it is.” IT experts are “working round the clock” to restore NHS computer systems hit by Friday’s ransomware attack. Ciaran Martin, head of the UK’s cyber security agency, said it was doing “everything in our power” to get “vital services” back […]

Sushi lovers warned of parasites danger in raw fish

Sushi lovers warned of parasites danger in raw fish

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Most cases of anisakiasis have been reported in Japan, where a raw fish diet is common Sushi lovers are being warned of the dangers of ingesting parasites from raw and undercooked fish. Doctors writing in British Medical Journal Case Reports said sushi’s growing popularity in the West could be […]

HIV life expectancy ‘near normal’ thanks to new drugs

HIV life expectancy ‘near normal’ thanks to new drugs

Image copyright jimmy isaacs Image caption Jimmy Isaacs, 28, can look forward to a long and healthy life on HIV drug treatment Young people on the latest HIV drugs now have near-normal life expectancy because of improvements in treatments, a study in The Lancet suggests. Twenty-year-olds who started antiretroviral therapy in 2010 are projected to […]

‘Heart attack risk’ for common painkillers

‘Heart attack risk’ for common painkillers

Image copyright Science Photo Library A fresh study suggests there may be a link between taking high doses of common anti-inflammatory painkillers – such as ibuprofen – and heart attacks. The paper, published in The BMJ, builds on a previous body of work linking these drugs to heart problems. This research suggests the risk could […]

Judge criticises ‘inhuman’ separation of elderly couples

Judge criticises ‘inhuman’ separation of elderly couples

Image copyright Getty Images Separating elderly couples against their wishes when one or both move to care homes must end, Britain’s most senior family judge has said. Sir James Munby said it was “simply inhumanity” that couples who have spent decades together can be separated in their final years, the Times reports. In a speech […]