Parents’ care can help premature babies in hospital, says study

Parents’ care can help premature babies in hospital, says study

Image copyright Getty Images Letting parents get directly involved with the care of their premature babies in intensive care can help the health and wellbeing of both, a study says. A trial in Australia, New Zealand and Canada showed babies whose parents took part put on more weight and continued to be breastfed more often […]

Anti-obesity programmes in primary schools ‘don’t work’

Anti-obesity programmes in primary schools ‘don’t work’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Children were encouraged to do an extra 30 minutes of exercise every day School programmes encouraging children to take more exercise and eat healthily are unlikely to have any real effect on childhood obesity, a study in the British Medical Journal suggests. More than 600 primary school pupils in […]

Care sector: ‘Short of nurses and other key staff’

Low rates of pay and workload pressures mean care services can no longer fill key posts in England, a watchdog says. The National Audit Office said a lack of government planning and funding had undermined the “Cinderella” service and its 1.34 million staff. The sector was struggling in particular to recruit nurses and senior staff […]

Food may influence cancer spread

Food may influence cancer spread

Image copyright Getty Images There is mounting evidence the food on your plate can alter cancer’s growth and spread, say Cambridge scientists. Animal research, published in the journal Nature, showed breast tumours struggled without the dietary nutrient asparagine. It is found in the foodies’ favourite asparagus, as well as poultry, seafood and many other foods. […]

Daily chats improve lives of people with dementia, study says

Daily chats improve lives of people with dementia, study says

Image copyright Getty Images Spending just 10 minutes a day talking to people with dementia about their interests or family could help improve their quality of life, according to a study. Researchers carried out a nine-month trial in 69 care homes in England. One-to-one interaction, combined with personalised care, significantly reduced the residents’ anger and […]

US suicides ‘spiked after Robin Williams’s death’

US suicides ‘spiked after Robin Williams’s death’

Image caption Robin Williams was famous for films such as Good Morning,Vietnam and won an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting US suicide rates spiked in the months after Robin Williams killed himself in 2014, according to researchers. In the five months after the actor’s death there were 10% more suicides than might […]

Failed NHS trust caused ‘unnecessary harm’ to patients

Failed NHS trust caused ‘unnecessary harm’ to patients

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Huge cuts to district nursing were made with little thought to clinical consequences, says the report Patients at a failed NHS trust suffered “unnecessary harm” because a senior leadership team was “out of its depth”, says a report seen by BBC News. Misguided cost-cutting at Liverpool Community Health (LCH) […]

‘Alcoholism led me to live under bush’

‘Alcoholism led me to live under bush’

Image copyright James Howard Image caption James’s addiction to alcohol caused him to end up living under a bush in Brighton “I ended up living under a bush in a park in Brighton for five months. It was the nadir of 20 years of alcoholism. I’d become homeless, and I knew that something had to […]

E-cigarettes ‘should be on prescription’

E-cigarettes ‘should be on prescription’

Image copyright Science Photo Library E-cigarettes should be available on prescription, according to Public Health England (PHE). The agency wants them to be prescribed on the NHS within the next few years because of how successful they have been in helping people give up smoking. An independent review of the latest evidence, published by PHE, […]

HPV vaccine offered to men who have sex with men in England

HPV vaccine offered to men who have sex with men in England

Image copyright Science Photo Library Men who have sex with men are to be offered the (human papilloma virus) HPV vaccination in England. The programme for men aged 45 or younger will start from April 2018, to protect them from some cancers caused by HPV as well as genital warts, Since 2008, girls aged 11 […]