HEALTH

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Amazon has withdrawn from sale a set of painted Disney character children’s drinking glasses amid safety fears.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 […]

Screen time ‘may harm toddlers’

Screen time ‘may harm toddlers’

  Letting a toddler spend lots of time using screens may delay their development of skills such as language and sociability, according to a large Canadian study. The research, which tracked nearly 2,500 two-year-olds, is the latest piece of evidence in the debate about how much screen time is safe for kids. In Canada and […]

He Jiankui: China condemns ‘baby gene editing’ scientist

China says the scientist who claims to have created the world’s first genetically edited babies last year acted illegally and in pursuit of fame and fortune, state media report. He Jiankui’s claim to have altered twin girls’ genes so they could not get HIV was met with scepticism and outrage. Investigators say the researcher faces […]

Lens replacement led to ‘blind patches’, says artist

An artist whose vision deteriorated after lens replacement surgery is one of dozens of people considering legal action against manufacturer, Oculentis. Denise Di Battista claims she has “blind patches” in her right eye. The BBC has been told that there have been 800 cases of patients in the UK experiencing “opacification” of a particular implanted […]

The athletes starving themselves for success

Anna Boniface seemed to have the world at her feet when finishing as the 2017 London Marathon’s fastest amateur female runner. Her performance earned her an England team place in that autumn’s Toronto Marathon. The then 25-year-old finished the London race in two hours, 37 minutes and travelled to Canada six months later. But 10 […]

Namibia’s success in the fight against HIV

Harvey Davis comes to open the gate to his dusty, wind swept compound in the remote part of northern Namibia. “Welcome, welcome, it’s been so long since we’ve had visitors,” he exclaims at the two health workers. The 79-year-old summons his wife, Ruth Nasidengo, who is 40, from their home. She emerges with two babies, […]

Philip Morris accused of hypocrisy over anti-smoking ad

One of the world’s biggest tobacco firms, Philip Morris, has been accused of “staggering hypocrisy” over its new ad campaign that urges smokers to quit. The Marlboro maker said the move was “an important next step” in its aim to “ultimately stop selling cigarettes”. But Cancer Research UK said the firm was just trying to […]

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