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Ambulance A&E delays hit one in eight

Ambulance A&E delays hit one in eight

Image copyright Other Image caption At the busiest times, ambulances can find themselves stuck in long queues outside hospitals More than one in eight patients rushed to hospital in an ambulance this winter has faced a delay of more than 30 minutes on arrival, BBC analysis shows. Patients are meant to be handed over to […]

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 […]

Sharp rise in flu hospital admissions in England

Sharp rise in flu hospital admissions in England

Image copyright Getty Images There was a sharp rise in hospital admissions in England for confirmed flu cases in the last week of December, Public Health England figures show. There were 114 admissions to intensive care with confirmed flu and a further 421 people admitted to general wards – up from 61 and 66 the […]

Offer transgender patients egg freezing, experts say

Offer transgender patients egg freezing, experts say

Image copyright Science Photo Library Women and girls in the UK transitioning to become men should be able to have their eggs frozen by the NHS, the British Fertility Society has said. Current guidance says cancer patients should be given the chance to preserve their fertility before undergoing treatment that can make them infertile. But […]

‘I was in a really negative terrible place’

‘I was in a really negative terrible place’

Image copyright Getty Images “I was in a really negative terrible place…. and couldn’t see a way out.” This was the experience of one woman who suffered from depression and obsessive compulsive disorder during her second pregnancy. A quarter of pregnant women suffer from mental health problems, a study by King’s College London suggests. Anxiety […]

Common virus used to help fight incurable brain cancer

Common virus used to help fight incurable brain cancer

Image copyright SPL Scientists are optimistic that they may have found a new treatment to help people with incurable brain cancer. Ten patients so far in the UK have received the therapy, which is a virus that causes mild flu-like symptoms. The virus can cross the blood-brain barrier and appears to help “switch on” the […]

Hospital apologises after baby’s skull cut in Caesarean

Image copyright Mark Fear/Nottingham Post Image caption Carson’s mother Claire Smith, pictured with his father Scott Allen, said losing her son had been “the worst experience of my life” A hospital trust has apologised after a baby died following a cut to his skull during an emergency Caesarean section. Carson Allen died three hours after […]

Limit children’s snacks to 100 calories, health body says

Limit children’s snacks to 100 calories, health body says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Children between the ages of four and 10 eat more than 120 cakes, buns and pastries a year, figures show Half of the sugar young children in England consume comes from unhealthy snacks and sweet drinks, figures show. On average, primary school children have at least three sugary snacks […]

‘Wearing a stoma is part of my life and it is a great one’

‘Wearing a stoma is part of my life and it is a great one’

Image copyright Jackie Mills Image caption Jackie says that it’s possible to live life to the full when you have a stoma Living with a stoma is not always easy. Natalie Toper from London spoke to the BBC about her reaction when she found out she would need an ileostomy. She also told us how […]

Organ donation campaigner, 18, in New Year Honours

Organ donation campaigner, 18, in New Year Honours

Media captionLucia Mee’s organ donor campaigning saw her named on the New Year Honours list Lucia Mee has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her work raising awareness of organ donation. The 18-year-old, from Ballycastle in Northern Ireland, who has had three liver transplants – the first aged eight – is the youngest person […]