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 […]

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 […]

NHS to use new type of flu jab next winter

NHS to use new type of flu jab next winter

Image copyright Getty Images Doctors in England are being asked to order a different type of flu vaccine in time for next winter. NHS England says over-65s should be offered a newly licensed jab called Fluad, which experts say should give better immunity to this age group. It has an added ingredient designed to create […]

Hunt orders review of criminalising doctors after Bawa-Garba case

Hunt orders review of criminalising doctors after Bawa-Garba case

Image caption Hadiza Bawa-Garba was struck off following an appeal Jeremy Hunt has ordered an urgent review of medical malpractice cases following concerns over a recent manslaughter case involving a doctor. Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was struck off the medical register after she was found guilty of mistakes in the care of a six-year-old boy who […]

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 […]

Undetected high blood pressure found in new mums

Undetected high blood pressure found in new mums

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Blood pressure machines are used at home to monitor blood pressure over a 24-hour period Women with severe pre-eclampsia should have their blood pressure closely monitored for a year after giving birth because high blood pressure can remain undetected, a new study suggests. It found high blood pressure […]

Illegal teeth whitening caused ‘excruciating pain’

Illegal teeth whitening caused ‘excruciating pain’

Media captionThe General Dental Council has warned the number of reports of illegal procedures being carried out is rising A number of beauticians in London are performing illegal teeth-whitening procedures, which can leave patients in crippling pain if they go wrong. One place was secretly filmed by BBC London using illegal levels of the hydrogen […]

Theresa May’s Wales-England A&E comparison ‘not valid’

Theresa May’s Wales-England A&E comparison ‘not valid’

Image copyright Thinkstock The UK Statistics Authority has backed First Minister Carwyn Jones’s criticism of Prime Minister Theresa May’s use of accident and emergency data. Mr Jones said a comparison of those waiting 12 hours or more at A&E in Wales and England was unfair as the figures are measured in different ways. Authority chairman […]