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Ebola virus burial teams may have ‘saved thousands of lives’

Media captionTulip Mazumdar’s video diary of her day with the burial team They were ordinary people doing an extraordinary job in extremely dangerous times. Now new research suggests Red Cross volunteers who helped bury most of the bodies of Ebola victims in West Africa could have prevented more than 10,000 cases of the deadly disease. […]

Social media pressure is linked to cosmetic procedure boom

Social media pressure is linked to cosmetic procedure boom

Image copyright Science Photo Library Young people are turning to cosmetic procedures such as botox and dermal fillers as a result of social media pressure, according to a report. A study by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics says government must protect people from an unregulated industry. The report also condemns makeover apps and online plastic […]

Ninth avoidable baby death at NHS trust

Ninth avoidable baby death at NHS trust

Image caption Maddison’s parents say labour ward was extremely busy A ninth avoidable baby death has been uncovered by BBC News at a troubled NHS trust. Maddison Dawn Wilkins Jackson died in 2013 after staff at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital could not find her mother a bed on the labour ward. The health secretary ordered […]

First NHS proton beam machine arrives at Christie hospital

First NHS proton beam machine arrives at Christie hospital

Image caption Some NHS patients have been sent to the Paul Scherrer Institute in Northern Switzerland for proton beam therapy The machine that will enable the NHS’s first proton beam therapy (PBT) unit to treat cancer patients will arrive later. Manchester’s Christie hospital will be the first NHS unit to provide the treatment, meaning patients […]

Century-old Parkinson’s question answered

Century-old Parkinson’s question answered

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have found the first direct evidence that the immune system does attack the brain in Parkinson’s disease. The role of “autoimmunity” was first suggested nearly a century ago, but had not been confirmed. The discovery, in the journal Nature, suggests that drugs to calm the immune system could […]

Queen’s Speech: Ground laid for dropping ‘dementia tax’

Queen’s Speech: Ground laid for dropping ‘dementia tax’

Image copyright Keith Brofsky The Queen’s Speech has paved the way for the ditching of the controversial “dementia tax” in England, set out in the Conservative election manifesto. The value of an individual’s home was to be taken into account for all types of elderly care under the plans. The two-year government programme set out […]

How to make labour wards safer

How to make labour wards safer

Image copyright Science Photo Library Failure to monitor properly baby heart rates during labour is one reason why some newborns are dying on UK maternity wards, an investigation has found. The Each Baby Counts inquiry, by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, looked at more than 700 recent neonatal deaths and injuries. It says […]

Don’t be scared to let animals on wards, say nurses

Don’t be scared to let animals on wards, say nurses

Image copyright UHS Image caption Southampton Children’s Hospital is studying animal therapy on wards Hospitals should let more dogs and other animals on to wards and even into operating theatres to help patients, the Royal College of Nursing says. The call comes after the RCN collected scores of anecdotes of therapy-animals, and sometimes pets, helping […]

Cardiologist: Breast implants skew heart attack test

Cardiologist: Breast implants skew heart attack test

Image copyright fstop123/Getty Breast implants make it trickier to run tests that can help spot a possible heart attack, a cardiologist has said. Dr Sok-Sithikun Bun, from Monaco, did a small trial, with 48 women, and found electrocardiogram (ECG) tests, which measure the electrical activity of the heart, were often unreliable because the breast implants […]

Older fathers have ‘geekier sons’

Older fathers have ‘geekier sons’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A stereotype of a geek, holding a cupcake Men who delay starting a family are more likely to have “geekier” sons, a study suggests. They were brighter, more focused and less bothered about fitting in – according to the “Geek Index” devised by King’s College London. The mother’s age […]