Category Archives: HEALTH

NHS baby death probes ‘not good enough’

There are too many poor quality investigations into babies who die or are severely brain damaged during labour, a review says. The warning by the Royal College of Obstetricians and…

Zika virus: Risk higher than first thought, say doctors

The mosquito-borne Zika virus may be even more dangerous than previously thought, scientists in Brazil say. They told the BBC that Zika could be behind more damaging neurological conditions, affecting…

E-cigarettes should be offered to smokers, say doctors

Smokers should be offered and encouraged to use e-cigarettes to help them quit, says a leading medical body. The Royal College of Physicians says there is resounding evidence that e-cigarettes…

Final piece of type 1 diabetes puzzle solved

A complete picture of the areas that the immune system attacks to cause type 1 diabetes has finally been revealed by scientists. The study, published in the journal Diabetes, discovered…

Deadly diabetes in ‘unrelenting march’

The world is facing an “unrelenting march” of diabetes which now affects nearly one in 11 adults, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. In a major report it warned cases…

Vaccines move to Ebola frontline

Two promising Ebola vaccines will soon be tried on the frontline of the epidemic in West Africa, the World Health Organization has announced. Trials in limited numbers of volunteers suggest…

Ebola drug trial starts in Liberia

A trial of a potential drug to treat Ebola has started at a Medecins Sans Frontieres centre in Liberia. The antiviral – brincidofovir – is being tested on Ebola patients…

Most cancer types ‘just bad luck’

A US team were trying to explain why some tissues were millions of times more vulnerable to cancer than others. The results,┬áin the journal Science, showed two thirds of the…

Ebola nurse may be offered recovered patients’ plasma

The treatment contains antibodies that should help fight the infection. British nurse William Pooley has donated plasma, Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies confirmed. Other available treatments include antiviral drugs,…

Whooping cough proteins evolving ‘unusually’ fast

Analysis of strains from 2012 shows the parts of the pertussis bacterium that the vaccine primes the immune system to recognise are changing. It may have “serious consequences” in future…