Once-a-week pill for HIV shows promise in animals

Once-a-week pill for HIV shows promise in animals

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The once-a-week pill would look much like any other regular drug capsule Human trials of a once-a-week oral pill for HIV could start, after successful tests in pigs, claim US scientists. The slow-release tablet could free patients from having to take daily medication, they say. It looks like a […]

Singing ‘speeds up’ recovery from post-natal depression

Singing ‘speeds up’ recovery from post-natal depression

Image copyright Getty Images Singing could help mothers recover from post-natal depression more quickly, a study suggests. Researchers found that women who took part in group singing sessions with their babies experienced a much faster improvement in their symptoms than those who did not. The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, looked at […]

Scottish A&E waits at highest level in final week of 2017

Scottish A&E waits at highest level in final week of 2017

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people waiting more than four hours in Scotland’s accident and emergency units reached record high levels in the last week of the year. The latest weekly figures show that just 78% of patients across Scotland were seen within the target time. This was well below the Scottish government’s […]

Basildon, Southend and Broomfield hospitals discuss merger plans

Basildon, Southend and Broomfield hospitals discuss merger plans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Basildon, Southend and Broomfield Hospitals could become one single trust Three hospital trusts are to discuss merger proposals that would create one of the largest NHS trusts. The boards of Basildon, Southend and Broomfield hospitals in Essex will meet on Wednesday to approve the formal start of the process. […]

Middle-aged can reverse heart risk with exercise, study suggests

Middle-aged can reverse heart risk with exercise, study suggests

Image copyright Getty Images The new year is a time when many plan to shape up after the excesses of the festive period. Now there is good news for those who fear it might be too late in life to improve their fitness. People into late middle age can reverse or reduce the risk of […]

Daughter’s death from sepsis ‘will stay with me forever’

Daughter’s death from sepsis ‘will stay with me forever’

Image copyright Welsh Ambulance Service A mother has described the harrowing moment she had to perform CPR on her daughter, who died of sepsis. Chloe Christopher, 17, from Cwmaman, Rhondda Cynon Taff, had been laughing with friends before being struck by the illness on New Year’s Eve 2014. The condition happens when the body fights […]

What is ‘Aussie’ flu and should we be worried?

What is ‘Aussie’ flu and should we be worried?

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS is preparing itself for a bad flu season. One of the strains circulating this year – H3N2 – has been dubbed Aussie flu because it is the same strain that recently caused big problems for Australia. Australia’s 2017 flu season was the worst the country had experienced in nearly […]

Heart attack care dangerously unequal for women, study finds

Heart attack care dangerously unequal for women, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Fewer women who suffer a heart attack would die if they were given the same treatments as men, a new study found. Researchers analysed the outcomes of 180,368 Swedish patients who suffered a heart attack over a 10-year period. They found women were three times more likely to die than men […]

Proton beam cancer treatment to start in Manchester in 2018

Proton beam cancer treatment to start in Manchester in 2018

Image copyright Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Image caption An artist’s impression of how the new proton beam therapy centre at The Christie will look The first high-energy proton beam therapy centre run by the NHS is soon to open at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, allowing patients in the UK to access an important […]

Breast size dissatisfaction ‘affects self-examination’

Breast size dissatisfaction ‘affects self-examination’

Image copyright Getty Images Women unhappy with their breast size are less likely to carry out regular self-examinations, a study suggests. The study, published in the journal Body Image, examined 384 British women. The research found these women were also less confident about their ability to detect a change in their breasts and slower to […]