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Energy drink ‘fuel hepatitis risk’

Energy drink ‘fuel hepatitis risk’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The man drank four or five energy drinks a day A man developed an acute liver problem because of his daily energy drink intake, doctors suggest. The case occurred in Florida when a 50-year-old construction worker sought help after developing vomiting, jaundice and abdominal pain. He already had an underlying […]

UK woman allowed to use dead daughter’s eggs in US

UK woman allowed to use dead daughter’s eggs in US

Image copyright Science Photo Library A woman wanting to use her dead daughter’s frozen eggs to give birth to her own grandchild is being allowed to export them to the US for treatment. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) granted permission following a Court of Appeal decision in her favour a few months ago. […]

Cliff dangers warning after rise in rescues

Cliff dangers warning after rise in rescues

Image copyright Thinkstock Experts are calling for people to take more care around cliffs after a rise in the number of emergency service call-outs. Coastguards and the Local Government Association (LGA) said people needed to assess risks more carefully, and not enter closed-off areas. Rescues have been needed for people who climbed too far down […]

Statins benefits underestimated, review says

Statins benefits underestimated, review says

Image copyright Thinkstock The benefits of the cholesterol-reducing drug statins are underestimated and the harms exaggerated, a major review suggests. Published in the Lancet and backed by a number of major health organisations, it says statins lower heart attack and stroke risk. The review also suggests side effects such as muscle pain do occur, although […]

Sugar intake in children ‘double recommended level’

Sugar intake in children ‘double recommended level’

Image copyright Thinkstock Children aged four to 10 are consuming twice as much sugar as they should be and teenagers three times as much, a national survey of diets has found. It also found that adults are still eating too much saturated fat and not enough fruit, vegetables and fibre. The Royal College of Paediatrics […]

Obesity link to cancer ‘not well known by public’

Obesity link to cancer ‘not well known by public’

Image copyright Thinkstock Three-quarters of people are unaware being overweight increases the risk of developing 10 different types of cancer, Cancer Research UK has said. It said the lack of understanding was “concerning” and criticised the government for its failed attempt to tackle childhood obesity. Bowel, kidney, breast and womb cancer are most commonly linked […]

Zika epidemic will end in three years, study suggests

Zika epidemic will end in three years, study suggests

Image copyright AP Image caption Researchers predict that it could be a decade before the next large-scale Zika outbreak in Latin America The current Zika epidemic is likely to end within three years because there will be too few people left to infect, a team of scientists is predicting. Writing in the journal Science, they […]

Life-or-death 999 call target missed for year

Life-or-death 999 call target missed for year

Image copyright Press Association Ambulances have missed their target for responding to the most life-threatening calls for a whole year, new data shows. Crews are meant to reach patients who have had cardiac arrests or are not breathing – so-called Red 1 calls – within eight minutes. But performance data from NHS England for May […]

Colchester Hospital chief apologises after CQC report

Colchester Hospital chief apologises after CQC report

Image caption A recent inspection found “unsafe” practices at Colchester Hospital were placing patients at risk of harm The new head of Colchester Hospital has issued a “heartfelt apology” following the publication of a damning Care Quality Commission (CQC) report. The trust has been in special measures for more than two years. The latest inspection […]

Prince Harry tested for HIV to raise awareness about condition

Media captionPrince Harry’s test was carried out by health adviser Robert Palmer at a sexual health clinic in London Prince Harry has been tested for HIV in an effort to raise awareness about the condition and encourage others to get checked out. The prince walked into a sexual health clinic in Burrell Street, central London, […]