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Heat-not-burn tobacco ‘is a health risk’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The health risks are lower than smoking cigarettes “Heat-not-burn” tobacco products are harmful to health even though they are safer than regular cigarettes, say UK experts. The advisory panel to the government said the devices produce “a number of compounds of concern”, including some that can cause cancer. Manufacturers […]

Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease

Image copyright James Gallagher Image caption Peter has Huntington’s disease and his siblings Sandy and Frank also have the gene The defect that causes the neurodegenerative disease Huntington’s has been corrected in patients for the first time, the BBC has learned. An experimental drug, injected into spinal fluid, safely lowered levels of toxic proteins in […]

Paying mothers incentivises breastfeeding, study finds

Image caption Fiona Sutcliffe, 29, from Sheffield took part in the scheme with her baby girl Offering shopping vouchers to new mothers can encourage them to breastfeed their babies, a study published in JAMA Pediatrics has found. About 10,000 new mothers in Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire were offered up to £200 in vouchers as an […]

Mesh risks not passed on to doctors

Image caption The mesh implants are used to ease incontinence and to support organs One of the world’s biggest medical companies failed to tell doctors and patients of the full extent of some of the risks posed by mesh implants. A BBC Panorama investigation has seen documents that show one of Ethicon’s own in-house doctors […]

Londoners given GP access over weekends and evenings

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The £26m NHS England initiative means patients can even be seen on bank holidays Londoners can now book GP appointments for evenings, weekends and bank holidays. An extra 75,000 routine appointments a month will be available in the capital as part of a scheme by NHS England. The £26m […]

Major NHS trust put in special measures

Image caption Lord Kerslake said “our problems lie in the way that the NHS is funded and organised” A major London hospital trust has been placed in special measures because of funding problems. NHS Improvement announced the sanction against King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust the day after chairman Lord Kerslake resigned criticising the “unrealistic” […]

Vaginal mesh ban ‘a retrograde step’, surgeons say

Image caption The mesh is made of a type of plastic and surgeons routinely use it in hernia repairs Banning vaginal mesh implants would remove an important treatment for some women suffering from a prolapse, says the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Some women benefit from the implants and should have a choice, it […]

Anorexic student Averil Hart ‘failed by every NHS body’

Media captionNicholas Hart says his daughter Averil’s “death was avoidable” A teenager who “starved to death” in a matter of weeks was failed by “every NHS organisation that should have cared for her”, a review has found. Averil Hart, 19, died in 2012 after her anorexia rapidly worsened at university in Norwich. Her father Nicholas […]

Teachers call for ban on energy drinks in schools

Image copyright iStock One of the UK’s largest teaching unions is calling for schools to ban energy drinks from their premises. The NASUWT is warning about caffeine levels in the drinks, describing them as “readily available legal highs” which can contribute to poor behaviour. It follows a report by academics, seen by 5 live investigates, […]

Mental health: Jeremy Hunt says the NHS needs to ‘be better’ at dealing with crisis patients

The health secretary says the NHS must be better at dealing with mental health crisis cases. Jeremy Hunt, who’s in charge of the health service in England, was speaking to Newsbeat about our iPlayer documentary My Mind and Me. He watched Radio 1 listener Bex talk about failures when she needed urgent help after a […]