Health

Alfie Evans granted Italian citizenship in life support legal row

Image copyright ACTION4ALFIE Image caption Alfie Evans is in a “semi-vegetative state” in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans has been granted Italian citizenship, the Italian foreign office has said. The High Court ruled in February Alder Hey Children’s Hospital could stop providing life support for Alfie against his parents’ wishes. His parents Tom Evans and Kate James have lost a series of legal challenges to the

Hospital staff lack dementia training, widow says

Image copyright Christine Bexon Image caption Christine Bexon’s late husband Paul developed early onset dementia at the age of 55 The wife of a man who suffered from dementia has said some hospital staff struggle to deal with patients because they lack training into the condition. Christine Bexon’s comments about her late husband Paul come as a study has highlighted concerns about the way patients with dementia are treated. Betsi

The foods that might help with dementia

Image copyright Getty Images A man has told of how he “got his mum back” from the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease, in part, by getting her to follow a diet high in berries and leafy green vegetables. But how realistic is it that dementia can be tackled through diet? Mark Hatzer’s mum Sylvia was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in December 2016 and it progressed fast, so that at its worst she

Alfie Evans: Protesters try to storm Alder Hey hospital

Image copyright ACTION4ALFIE Image caption Alfie Evans is in a “semi-vegetative state” in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital A group of protesters supporting terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans have tried to storm Alder Hey hospital. About 200 people turned up to protest outside the Liverpool hospital after judges at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) refused to intervene in the case. Dozens ran towards the main doors before police officers

Prostate cancer diagnosis breakthrough hailed

Image copyright Dr_Microbe/Getty Image caption Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK A new ultrasound process offering more successful diagnosis and management of prostate cancer has been identified by Dundee University researchers. The university said non-invasive shear wave elastography (SWE) offers “much greater accuracy and reliability” than current testing and is less expensive. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK.

Jeremy Hunt threatens social media with new child-protection laws

Image copyright Facebook/AFP/Google Image caption Jeremy Hunt has written to a number of internet companies, including Facebook and Google Social media firms are being threatened with new laws if they don’t do more to protect children online. In a letter to companies including Facebook and Google, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt accuses them of “turning a blind eye” to their impact on children. He gives them until the end of April

£6m pledge for children of alcoholics

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJon Ashworth MP in 2017: ‘Dad would pick me up from school drunk’ The government has announced £6m of funding to help children with alcoholic parents get support and advice. Plans include fast access to mental health services for children – and programmes to treat parents’ addiction. An estimated 200,000 children in England live with alcohol-dependent parents. The NSPCC says there has

Why a faecal transplant could save your life

The faecal transplant, also known as trans-poo-sion, surely has the title of medicine’s most disgusting procedure. It is pretty much what you are imagining – part of a faecal stool is taken from one person and given to another. The purpose is to introduce new beneficial microbes to the receiving patient’s digestive system. And it can be life-saving. It shows just how important microbes, which colonise nearly every surface of

Allied Healthcare: Home care provider seeks rescue plan

Image copyright Getty Images One of the biggest providers of UK home care is in financial difficulty. Allied Healthcare, which employs 8,700 people to look after elderly and vulnerable patients, is set to file for protection from its creditors due to a “highly challenging environment”. The company, which also operates the NHS 111 telephone service, said it will continue to provide care and there will be no redundancies. The government

Cystic fibrosis: Company urged to lower cost of life-changing drug

Image caption More than 10,000 people in the UK suffer from cystic fibrosis, which causes fatal lung damage A pharmaceutical company has been urged to drop the price of a life-changing cystic fibrosis drug for the NHS. Orkambi, which is made by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, is not available on the NHS and health ministers have called for an “urgent resolution”. NHS England made a counter-offer to the initial deal but Vertex