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Mesh surgeon removed ovaries without prior consent

Mesh surgeon removed ovaries without prior consent

A surgeon under NHS investigation removed a patient’s ovaries without prior consent as they were “in the way”. Tony Dixon helped to pioneer the use of mesh in bowel surgery to fix prolapses and relieve constipation. Lucinda Methuen Campbell, who recently died, said she had not consented to the removal before the operation in 2014. […]

Girls’ guide to what a ‘normal’ vulva looks like

Girls’ guide to what a ‘normal’ vulva looks like

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Teenage girls are being directed to a new online reference tool that helps them check if their vulva looks normal. Available on the sexual health charity Brook website, the resource gives visual examples and advice on how female genitals change in puberty. The health experts who designed it say they […]

Minimum alcohol price law’s first stage debated by AMs

Minimum alcohol price law’s first stage debated by AMs

Media captionAlcohol Concern Cymru director Andrew Misell says the alcohol price law will tackle “cheap, strong alcohol” A decision on whether a plan to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol should go to the next stage is to be made by politicians in Wales later. AMs will debate the proposal which has been suggested as a […]

Child obesity rates ‘on the rise’

Child obesity rates ‘on the rise’

Image copyright SPL Image caption Children at primary schools in England are weighed in Reception and Year 6 Child obesity rates have shown a small rise in the past year in England, figures show. The proportion of 10- and 11-year-olds who were obese in 2015-16 was 19.8%, up from 19.1% the year before. Obesity among […]

NHS structures ‘complex and confused’

NHS structures ‘complex and confused’

The way the NHS in England is organised is hindering its ability to meet its challenges, a review led by former Health Secretary Alan Milburn says. Mr Milburn said the current system was “confused and complex”. The review, for consultants PwC, called for a gradual evolution of the structures, saying those who worked in the […]

Wahaca: Hundreds ill due to ‘norovirus outbreak’

Wahaca: Hundreds ill due to ‘norovirus outbreak’

Image copyright Alamy Image caption The Soho branch of Wahaca has been closed More than 300 people have fallen ill following a suspected outbreak of norovirus at the Wahaca restaurant chain, Public Health England (PHE) has said. The Mexican restaurant chain had shut nine branches because of the infection, and four remain closed. PHE has […]

Miscarriage can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder

Miscarriage can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder

Image copyright Nicole Martin Image caption Nicole was not part of the trial, but hopes that by sharing her experience she can help support other people who have lost a baby to miscarriage Women who have recently had a miscarriage are at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder, doctors at Imperial College London have said. […]

Energy drink ‘fuel hepatitis risk’

Energy drink ‘fuel hepatitis risk’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The man drank four or five energy drinks a day A man developed an acute liver problem because of his daily energy drink intake, doctors suggest. The case occurred in Florida when a 50-year-old construction worker sought help after developing vomiting, jaundice and abdominal pain. He already had an underlying […]

UK woman allowed to use dead daughter’s eggs in US

UK woman allowed to use dead daughter’s eggs in US

Image copyright Science Photo Library A woman wanting to use her dead daughter’s frozen eggs to give birth to her own grandchild is being allowed to export them to the US for treatment. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) granted permission following a Court of Appeal decision in her favour a few months ago. […]

Cliff dangers warning after rise in rescues

Cliff dangers warning after rise in rescues

Image copyright Thinkstock Experts are calling for people to take more care around cliffs after a rise in the number of emergency service call-outs. Coastguards and the Local Government Association (LGA) said people needed to assess risks more carefully, and not enter closed-off areas. Rescues have been needed for people who climbed too far down […]