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’

Media captionWhat you need to know about bread 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 […]

Majority of over-65s would like more sex, survey finds

Majority of over-65s would like more sex, survey finds

Image copyright Getty Images Older people are often assumed to want amiable companionship in later life rather than passion-fuelled romance. But a survey of 2,002 older Britons suggests 52% of over-65s feel they do not have enough sex, and nearly a third are happy to have sex on a first date. It also found one […]

Valentine’s Day prompts mini baby boom, NHS data shows

Valentine’s Day prompts mini baby boom, NHS data shows

Image copyright Getty Images It is a day known for ostentatious displays of romance. But it appears Valentine’s Day really does lead to love in the air after new figures, for 2015, showed an increase in conceptions around the day. NHS England data shows there were an estimated 16,263 conceptions in England in the week […]

New antibiotic family discovered in dirt

New antibiotic family discovered in dirt

Image copyright Science Photo Library US scientists have discovered a new family of antibiotics in soil samples. The natural compounds could be used to combat hard-to-treat infections, the team at Rockefeller University hopes. Tests show the compounds, called malacidins, annihilate several bacterial diseases that have become resistant to most existing antibiotics, including the superbug MRSA. […]

Cold open water plunge may provide instant pain relief

Cold open water plunge may provide instant pain relief

Image copyright Science Photo Library A man who suffered constant pain after surgery cured it by taking a plunge in cold open water. The man’s case has been reviewed by doctors who suggest a short, sharp cold water swim may offer an alternative to strong painkillers and physiotherapy. The 28-year-old man who suffered from post-operative […]

Orthorexia: My ‘healthy food’ eating disorder

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Take sick children to pharmacies first, parents told

Take sick children to pharmacies first, parents told

Media captionDr Bruce Warner, deputy chief pharmaceutical officer for NHS England Parents of young children with minor illnesses should take them to pharmacies rather than GPs or A&E, a new NHS England campaign says. It follows a survey which found just 6% of parents with under-fives would go to a pharmacist first. NHS England said […]

Schizophrenia patients calmed by video game

Schizophrenia patients calmed by video game

Image copyright King’s College London Image caption Patients in the study had to control the rocket and bring it down to earth People with schizophrenia can be trained by playing a video game to control the part of the brain linked to verbal hallucinations, researchers say. Patients in a small study were able to land […]

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