Alfie Evans: Sick toddler’s life support ‘can end’

Alfie Evans: Sick toddler’s life support ‘can end’

Image copyright Alfie’s Army Facebook Image caption Alfie Evans suffers from an undiagnosed neurological degenerative condition Doctors can stop providing life support to toddler Alfie Evans who has a mystery illness against his parents’ wishes, the High Court has ruled. Alder Hey Children’s Hospital argued that continuing to treat the 21-month-old from Bootle, Merseyside was […]

WHO warns of soaring rates of measles in Europe

WHO warns of soaring rates of measles in Europe

Image copyright SPL Image caption Unvaccinated young children are at highest risk of contracting measles Europe has seen a big surge in measles cases in 2017, which the World Health Organization says is a tragedy after a record low of 5,273 cases in 2016. Cases increased four-fold, with more than 20,000 people affected and 35 […]

Ovarian cancer: Persistent tummy bloating can be sign, charity warns

Ovarian cancer: Persistent tummy bloating can be sign, charity warns

Image copyright Laura Everley Image caption Laura Everley, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2014, with her son Harry Only a third of women would see a doctor when they experience a major symptom of ovarian cancer, according to the charity Target Ovarian Cancer. When faced with persistent bloating, 34% of 1,142 women questioned […]

Mitsutoki Shigeta: ‘Baby factory’ dad wins paternity rights

Mitsutoki Shigeta: ‘Baby factory’ dad wins paternity rights

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption A lawyer (pictured) represented the Japanese man who was not present for the trial A Bangkok court has awarded paternity rights to a Japanese man over 13 babies he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers. The ruling allows Mitsutoki Shigeta, 28, to pursue custody of the children. The son of […]

A third of UK adults ‘underestimate calorie intake ‘

A third of UK adults ‘underestimate calorie intake ‘

Image copyright Getty Images A third of people in the UK underestimate how many calories they are eating, according to an analysis of Office of National Statistics data. It suggests British men eat more than 3,000 a day while claiming to eat 2,000. And women say they eat about 1,500 while consuming nearly 2,500. The […]

Autism: Scientists take ‘first steps’ towards biological test

Autism: Scientists take ‘first steps’ towards biological test

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have taken the first steps towards what they say could become a new blood and urine test for autism. Their study tested children with and without the condition and found higher levels of protein damage in those with the disorder. The researchers said the tests could lead ultimately to the […]

Home Office denies medical cannabis pleas for boy age six

Home Office denies medical cannabis pleas for boy age six

Media captionEmotional plea to allow medical cannabis for Alfie Requests for a medical cannabis licence to help a boy whose rare form of epilepsy improved after taking the drug have been denied by the Home Office. Six-year-old Alfie Dingley, from Kenilworth in Warwickshire, suffers up to 30 violent seizures a day. His parents want to […]

Top women doctors lose out in NHS pay stakes

Top women doctors lose out in NHS pay stakes

Image copyright Getty Images Senior NHS female doctors are earning less than their male counterparts, a BBC investigation shows. Of the top 100 earning consultants in England, just five are women, despite more than a third of the workforce being female. The top-paid man earned nearly £740,000 – two-and-a-half times that of the top woman. […]

Fathers may pass ovarian cancer risk to daughters

Fathers may pass ovarian cancer risk to daughters

Image copyright Getty Images US scientists believe they have identified a new gene mutation that can raise the risk of ovarian cancer, and is passed from father to daughter. It is inherited through the X-chromosome and is independent of other known susceptibility genes that women can already be tested for. Experts say more studies are […]

Ultra-processed foods ‘linked to cancer’

Ultra-processed foods ‘linked to cancer’

Image copyright wildpixel A link between highly processed foods and cancer has been suggested by French researchers. They classified foods including cakes, chicken nuggets and mass-produced bread as “ultra-processed”. A study of 105,000 people hinted the more of such foods people ate, the greater their risk of cancer. A lot of caution is being expressed […]

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