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‘Aspirin-a-day risky in old age’ – major study

‘Aspirin-a-day risky in old age’ – major study

Image copyright Getty Images Elderly people in good health should not take an aspirin a day, according to a major study in the US and Australia. There are proven benefits of the drug for people after a heart attack or stroke. But the trial found no benefit for healthy people over the age of 70, […]

Pathologists shortage ‘delaying cancer diagnosis’

Pathologists shortage ‘delaying cancer diagnosis’

Image copyright Getty Images Patients are facing delays in diagnosis because of severe shortages among pathology staff, according to a report seen by the BBC. A survey by the Royal College of Pathologists found only 3% of the NHS histopathology departments that responded had enough staff. Histopathologists are doctors and scientists who diagnose and study […]

‘My girl’s meningitis was diagnosed as ear infection’

‘My girl’s meningitis was diagnosed as ear infection’

Image copyright Other It was a Sunday last August and Kirstie Walkden’s nine-month-old daughter, Amy, had been out of sorts for a few days. Worried, she decided to take her to the local accident and emergency unit, where Amy was diagnosed with an ear infection and sent home with some medicine. Two days later, her […]

Busting the myths around sex virus HPV

Busting the myths around sex virus HPV

Image copyright Laura Flaherty Image caption “I thought my partner was cheating when I was diagnosed with HPV” High levels of shame and ignorance are associated with HPV, the sexually-transmitted virus which affects 80% of people, a survey has discovered. The government is rolling out HPV testing as part of routine screenings for cervical cancer. […]

Second patient may have drunk toilet cleaner

Second patient may have drunk toilet cleaner

Image copyright Family handout Image caption Joan Blaber, 85, died at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in September last year An inquest into the death of a woman who died after drinking cleaning fluid has heard another patient at the same hospital may have drunk toilet cleaner. Joan Blaber, 85, from Lewes, died while being […]

Women ‘struggling to access contraception’

Women ‘struggling to access contraception’

Image caption Lisa Hardin had to wait two months for an appointment to fit a contraceptive implant. Doctors are warning that contraceptive access is at a “crossroads”, with services being cut across England. Figures seen exclusively by the BBC show half of councils have cut, or plan to cut, services, particularly affecting long-acting contraception. Leading […]

Cancers ‘rising around the world’

Cancers ‘rising around the world’

Image copyright Science Photo Library There will be 18.1 million new cases of cancer and 9.6 million people will die with the disease this year worldwide, a report predicts. The rise, from 14.1 million cases and 8.2 million deaths in 2012, is partly due to a growing and ageing population. The figures suggest one in […]

Egg freezing in your 40s ‘not sensible’

Egg freezing in your 40s ‘not sensible’

Image copyright Getty Images Clinics must make it clear that there is little point in women over 40 freezing their eggs, because the odds of a future pregnancy are very slim, says UK fertility regulator the HFEA. Fertility declines with age, so the optimum time for egg freezing is before a woman turns 35, it […]

Breast cancer surgeon Dr Liz O’Riordan unveils statue of herself

Breast cancer surgeon Dr Liz O’Riordan unveils statue of herself

Image copyright Dermot O’Riordan Image caption Dr Liz O’Riordan in Bury St Edmunds’ Abbey Gardens with the 40cm-high (15in) statue, which has been created using 3D printing technology A “topless” statue has been unveiled of an “brave and bold” doctor, marking the end of her treatment for breast cancer. Dr Liz O’Riordan, 43, a breast […]

‘Black hole’ in youth mental health support

‘Black hole’ in youth mental health support

Image copyright Getty Images Three out of four parents say their children’s mental health deteriorated while waiting for NHS support, according to a report by charity YoungMinds. It says a fresh approach to supporting young people was needed, including more help from local community groups. Without it, young people could start to self-harm, become suicidal […]