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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 […]

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 […]

Cholesterol-lowering jab to help prevent heart disease

Cholesterol-lowering jab to help prevent heart disease

Image copyright BlackJack3D/Getty Human trials of a cholesterol-lowering vaccine to help prevent heart disease are under way after successful studies in mice. Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna are testing the safety of their experimental treatment in 72 volunteers. The jab is designed to stop fatty deposits from clogging the arteries. It would offer […]

Charlie Gard: European Court orders life support to continue

Charlie Gard: European Court orders life support to continue

Image copyright PA Image caption Charlie Gard’s rare disease has left him unable to cry Terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard must continue to receive life support until judges make a ruling on whether he should undergo a trial treatment. Parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates have launched a final legal challenge at the European Court of […]

Medicine information leaflets ‘too scary’, say experts

Medicine information leaflets ‘too scary’, say experts

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Lots of information on the side effects of medicines are making people anxious, the report says There is too much focus on the potential side-effects of medicines on information leaflets inside packs and not enough on their benefits, says the Academy of Medical Sciences. Its new report calls […]

Sleep disorder testing carried out by NHS doubles

Sleep disorder testing carried out by NHS doubles

Image copyright BBC News Image caption The NHS last year conducted a record number of sleep diagnostic tests The number of tests carried out by the NHS to diagnose people with sleep disorders across England has doubled in the past decade, figures reveal. NHS data shows that 147,610 sleep diagnostic tests were carried out last […]

Prostate cancer blood test ‘helps target treatment’

Prostate cancer blood test ‘helps target treatment’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Blood tests could help target precision drugs at the right people with cancer Scientists have developed a blood test that could pick out which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from a new drug treatment. The test detects cancer DNA in the blood, helping doctors check whether […]

Prostate cancer blood test ‘helps target treatment’

Prostate cancer blood test ‘helps target treatment’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Blood tests could help target precision drugs at the right people with cancer Scientists have developed a blood test that could pick out which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from a new drug treatment. The test detects cancer DNA in the blood, helping doctors check whether […]