HEALTH

DR Congo Ebola outbreak declared global health emergency

DR Congo Ebola outbreak declared global health emergency

The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo a “public health emergency of international concern”. The move may encourage wealthy donor countries to provide more cash. But the WHO stopped short of saying borders should be closed, saying the risk of the disease spreading outside the region was […]

Tafida Raqeeb: Parents bid to get daughter treated in Italy

Tafida Raqeeb: Parents bid to get daughter treated in Italy

The parents of a five-year-old girl in a coma have begun a legal challenge after doctors said it was in her best interests to be allowed to die. Royal London Hospital doctors have said there is no hope Tafida Raqeeb will recover from the traumatic brain injury she suffered in February. But clinicians at a […]

Anorexia stems from body as well as mind – study

Anorexia stems from body as well as mind – study

The origins of the eating disorder anorexia nervosa are in both the mind and the body, according to an international study. Anorexia is seen as a serious psychiatric disease. But doctors at King’s College London showed changes hardwired into some people’s DNA altered the way they processed fats and sugars and may make it easier […]

Alzheimer’s risk ‘different in women and men’

Alzheimer’s risk ‘different in women and men’

Scientists say they may have discovered why more women than men have Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It has always been thought that women living longer than men was the reason. But new research presented at an international conference suggests this may not be the whole story. Differences in brain connectivity and sex-specific genes linked to […]

Urine test to end ‘smear fear’

Urine test to end ‘smear fear’

Women who are too anxious or embarrassed to go for a smear test could instead provide a urine sample to be screened for cervical cancer, research suggests. A trial found urine testing was as good at detecting a virus called HPV that is a big risk factor for the cancer. Bigger trials are still needed […]

Campaign to tackle ‘botched’ cosmetic procedures

Campaign to tackle ‘botched’ cosmetic procedures

A campaign to tackle “botched” cosmetic procedures is to be launched by the government in England next month. It follows a rise in people seeking surgeries such as a “Brazilian butt lift” abroad, which has led to deaths. There have also been warnings about the rise in the use of self-injected dermal and lip fillers, with […]

Amazon withdraws painted children’s drinking tumblers

Amazon withdraws painted children’s drinking tumblers

Amazon has withdrawn from sale a set of painted Disney character children’s drinking glasses amid safety fears. The paint used contains the toxic metal cadmium which is associated with a risk of damage to kidneys and bones and may lead to cancer, according to the NHS. However, provided safety standards are met, the use of paint […]

NHS child gender reassignment ‘too quick’

NHS child gender reassignment ‘too quick’

  England’s only NHS youth gender clinic is too quick to give children and young people gender reassignment treatment, a former governor has said. Psychoanalyst Dr Marcus Evans, who resigned last week, told the BBC’s Today programme he had been concerned about clinicians searching for “quick solutions.” “This is the opposite of what needs to […]

Breast cancer: Scan younger women at risk, charity says

Breast cancer: Scan younger women at risk, charity says

  Younger women with a family history of breast cancer should receive annual screenings to pick up the disease earlier, a charity says. Breast Cancer Now funded a study which found cancers were detected sooner when 35 to 39-year-olds at risk had annual mammograms. NHS screening often starts at the age of 40 for women […]

Fake Xanax: Anxiety drug deaths an ‘escalating crisis’

Fake Xanax: Anxiety drug deaths an ‘escalating crisis’

The coroner for Northern Ireland has called the rising number of deaths linked to fake versions of the anti-anxiety drug, Xanax, “an escalating crisis”. Joe McCrisken says he is signing off an alprazolam-related death nearly once a week. He says “most of the deaths” are caused by counterfeit versions of Xanax, the brand name for […]

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