UK’s national sperm bank stops recruiting donors

UK’s national sperm bank stops recruiting donors

Image copyright Thinkstock The UK’s first national sperm bank has stopped recruiting donors less than two years after its launch, it has emerged. The National Sperm Bank said it was unable to fund further donor recruitment, having successfully only taken on seven men. It was set up in October 2014 with a government grant to […]

Toddlers ‘should get heart risk test’

Toddlers ‘should get heart risk test’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Doctors check for FH using a heel prick blood test Toddlers should be screened for an inherited form of heart disease when they have their routine jabs, experts suggest. A team from Queen Mary University of London checked 10,000 one-year-olds for familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH). Suzanne Sheppard, who has FH – […]

Vet has animal tuberculosis scare

Vet has animal tuberculosis scare

Image copyright Jonathan Cranstone “If this is it, what am I going to do with my remaining few months?” wondered vet Jonathan Cranston while lying in a hospital bed. He’s one of more than 100,000 people who catch tuberculosis from animals each year – an issue the World Health Organization says has been ignored for […]

HIV Patient Zero cleared by science

HIV Patient Zero cleared by science

Image copyright SPL One of the most demonised patients in history – Gaetan Dugas – has been convincingly cleared of claims he spread HIV to the US, say scientists. Mr Dugas, a homosexual flight attendant, gained legendary status in the history of HIV/Aids when he became known as Patient Zero. But a study, in the […]

Doctors’ low morale ‘puts patients at risk’

Doctors’ low morale ‘puts patients at risk’

Image copyright Thinkstock Poor morale among doctors could put patients at risk, the General Medical Council has warned. The doctors’ regulator said there was “a state of unease within the medical profession across the UK that risks affecting patients as well as doctors”. Conservative MP Dr Dan Poulter told the BBC that doctors are under […]

NHS cuts ‘planned across England’

NHS cuts ‘planned across England’

Image copyright Thinkstock Plans are being drawn up that could see cuts to NHS services across England. The BBC has seen draft sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) which propose ward closures, cuts in bed numbers and changes to A&E and GP care in 44 areas. There have been no consultations on the plans so far. […]

Warnings despite upturn in NHS finances

Warnings despite upturn in NHS finances

Health bosses are warning the NHS in England is still in a precarious position despite an upturn in its financial performance in recent months. Last year NHS trusts recorded their biggest ever overspend, but accounts for the first quarter of 2016-17 suggest they have started getting their finances back on track. A deficit of £461m […]

‘Unsafe’ Stafford hospital A&E closed to children

‘Unsafe’ Stafford hospital A&E closed to children

Image caption Stafford County Hospital’s accident and emergency service for children closed at 10:00 BST on Thursday Children’s accident and emergency services at a scandal-hit hospital have been suspended after senior staff said it was “not clinically safe”. A shortage of staff with the right specialist training at Stafford’s County Hospital had forced the closure […]

Barbecued rare burgers ‘pose food poisoning risk’

Barbecued rare burgers ‘pose food poisoning risk’

Image copyright rez-art/ Thinkstock The Food Standards Agency is warning people not to eat burgers that are pink in the middle, to avoid the risk of food poisoning at summer barbecues. It says cases of food poisoning double in summer months – in part due to undercooked meat. Officials say burgers must be cooked until […]

Rotavirus infections ‘greatly reduced’ since vaccine

Rotavirus infections ‘greatly reduced’ since vaccine

Image copyright DR P. MARAZZI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Rotavirus infections fell by 84% in England since a vaccine for babies was introduced in 2013, figures from Public Health England suggest. Recorded cases dropped from an average of 14,510 a year in the decade before the vaccine was introduced to just 2,287 between July 2015 and June […]