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‘UK should follow Wales’ lead on organ donation’

Media captionEllie Lacey says she is now living life for her and her donor A woman who was hours from death waiting for a liver transplant wants other UK nations to follow Wales’ lead on presumed organ donation consent. Ellie Lacey, 31, was diagnosed with sudden and unexplained liver failure in 2016 and was told […]

Teenager dies after catching flu virus

Image copyright Bethany Walker Image caption Bethany Walker contracted the flu virus which developed into pneumonia An 18-year-old woman has died in hospital after catching the flu virus. Bethany Walker, from Applecross in Wester Ross, had been suffering from the virus at home before it developed into pneumonia. She was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in […]

‘Liver branding’ surgeon Simon Bramhall fined £10,000

Image caption Simon Bramhall was sentenced for two charges of assault after admitting branding his patients’ livers A liver surgeon who branded his initials on the livers of two patients has been fined £10,000. Simon Bramhall, 53, used an argon beam machine to write his initials on the organs of the anaesthetised patients in 2013 […]

Patients ‘dying in hospital corridors’

Image copyright Getty Images Patients are dying in hospital corridors as safety is compromised by “intolerable” conditions, doctors say. The warning has been issued in a letter to the prime minister signed by 68 senior A&E doctors, spelling out the danger patients are facing this winter. It comes as reports have emerged of people being […]

Flu cases: Surge in hospital admissions

Image copyright Getty Images Hospitals in England are now seeing very high rates of patients with flu, according to Public Health England figures. A sharp rise in cases seen by GPs in the past week – up 78% on the week before – suggests it could be the worst flu season for seven years. But […]

CES 2018: Willow and Freemie breast pumps offer mums freedom

Image copyright Willow Image caption Willow’s breast pumps are designed to be worn unobtrusively Two firms have launched portable pumps to help breastfeeding mums collect their milk on the move. Women who use breast pumps often apply them several times a day and for periods of about 20 minutes or more. However, generally they have […]

Car share: Driving away depression

Jarlath McCreanor has had depression for 30 years. He was tired of people talking about the illness in whispers. So he took his little car, made it bright yellow and now drives it around Northern Ireland to get people to open up. At Like Minds we’ve been asking why it can feel difficult to talk […]

Why do the majority of NHS staff not get the flu vaccine?

Image copyright PA Image caption Less than half of NHS staff take up the flu jab offer All NHS staff in Scotland are offered a flu vaccination but less than half have had it. Why? The number of people going to see the doctor with influenza-like illness is higher than any year since 2010-11 but […]

Pharma giant Pfizer pulls out of research into Alzheimer’s

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Pfizer’s decision will affect research into drugs for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease Drug company Pfizer has announced it is pulling out of research into drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The US-based pharmaceutical giant said it would be ending its neuroscience discovery programmes following a review, and 300 jobs […]

MP calls for ban on high-caffeine energy drinks

Media captionJustin Bartholomew’s family are calling for energy drinks regulation An MP has called for a ban on high-caffeine energy drinks for under-16s, following the suicide of a 25-year-old constituent. Maria Caulfield raised the issue in Prime Minister’s Questions. She said Justin Bartholomew’s family were “convinced” his intake of more than 15 cans a day […]