Health

‘Lost’ contact lens removed from woman’s eyelid after 28 years

Image copyright BMJ Image caption A scan showed the cyst above the woman’s eye A woman has had a contact lens removed from her eyelid 28 years after it was thought to have fallen out. The discovery was made by doctors in Dundee after the patient, now aged 42, complained of swelling over her eye. The lens was found lodged in a cyst which had mysteriously flared up after more

‘Painful wait’ for miscarriage support on Welsh NHS

Image caption Jessica Evans has one son, but has also suffered four miscarriages A mother who has lost four babies in four years is calling for greater support from the Welsh NHS for women who suffer recurrent miscarriages. Jessica Evans said she suffered a “harrowing experience” after she was refused a referral to a specialist miscarriage consultant in Wales. Ms Evans was able to access the specialist services in England.

E-cigarettes can be key weapon against smoking, say MPs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Around 2.9 million people in the UK are using e-cigarettes Rules around e-cigarettes should be relaxed so they can be more widely used and accepted in society, says a report by a committee of MPs. Vaping is much less harmful than normal cigarettes and e-cigarettes should be made available on prescription to help more people quit smoking, it said. The report also calls on

Low-carb diets could shorten life, study suggests

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some low-carb diets are rich in animal fats and proteins A low-carb diet could shorten life expectancy by up to four years, a study suggests. Low-carb diets, such as Atkins, have become increasingly popular for weight loss and have shown promise for lowering the risk of some illnesses. But a US study over 25 years indicates that a moderate cut in carb consumption –

NYU offers free tuition for all its medical students

Image copyright Reuters Image caption All present and future students qualify for the scheme, regardless of need or merit The New York University School of Medicine will provide free tuition for all present and future students, the university announced. Citing the risk of “overwhelming” debt, it says every student will qualify regardless of merit or financial need. NYU said financial worries were driving graduates to more lucrative specialities, pushing doctors

Liver transplants ‘may be unnecessary thanks to new drug treatment’

Image copyright Getty Images A potential treatment for sudden liver failure could cut the need for transplants, say scientists at the University of Edinburgh. The liver has an incredible natural ability to repair itself, but this can be lost in some injuries including severe drug overdoses. The therapy is a cancer drug that restores this regenerative potential. The work is at a very early stage, but the team say alternatives

Sick babies at risk from lack of breathing tube monitoring

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption About 120,000 babies and children are admitted to paediatric or neonatal intensive care units each year Some intensive care units are putting sick babies at risk by not monitoring breathing tubes correctly, according to a study which interviewed staff at hospitals across the country. This could lead to death or serious harm to babies from lack of oxygen, the researchers said. Doctors needed

Lena Dunham marks nine months since hysterectomy

Image copyright Getty Images Lena Dunham marked nine months since having a full hysterectomy by sharing three nude selfies on her Instagram. The Girls star, who had the surgery at 31, revealed she’d been “battling endometriosis for a decade” in February. Endometriosis is a condition that affects one in 10 women in the UK and can cause heavy periods, fatigue, bowel and bladder problems and infertility. “I’ve never celebrated the

Opt-out donation plan ‘will not increase donors’

Image copyright NHSBT Image caption More than 5,000 people are currently on the waiting list for a transplant in England An opt-out organ donation register in England may not increase the number of organs because grieving relatives could be less sure what their loved ones had wanted, a study suggests. Under the opt-out system, planned to come in from 2020, consent is presumed unless family members decide otherwise. But research

A to Z of Google

Image copyright Getty Images Google now handles more than three billion searches a day. The vast majority are for complete words or phrases. But premature pushes of the enter key mean many end up being for single letters too. Most of us simply go back and try again. But some of those unique-character searches throw up intriguing results and serve as a snapshot of popular culture. So, we went for