Large air pocket in cranium a surprise

[ad_1] The 84-year-old man arrived in the emergency room with complaints that weren’t uncommon for a patient his age. He had reported feeling unsteady over the past several months, culminating in repeated falls in recent weeks. In the three days leading up to his hospital visit, his left arm and leg had noticeably weakened. Still, […]

Hawking: Did he change views on disability?

Hawking: Did he change views on disability?

Image copyright Getty Images Stephen Hawking was both one of the world’s most famous scientists and most famous disabled people. His life was a juxtaposition of sparkling intellect and failing body. Prof Hawking was diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease when he was 22. The nerves that controlled his muscles were failing […]

Thousands more women with heavy periods to be offered test

Thousands more women with heavy periods to be offered test

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Around a quarter of women of reproductive age are affected by heavy bleeding Women with heavy periods should be offered a hysteroscopy to find out the cause, says new guidance from health officials. This could lead to 10,000 more women in England having the test, which examines the […]

Women missing from breast implant register

Women missing from breast implant register

Image copyright SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY About one in three NHS clinics and one in four private ones offering breast implant surgery in England have not submitted any patient data to a national safety registry. NHS Digital set up the service in 2016 after the PIP (Poly Implant Prothese) breast implants scandal. Poor record-keeping […]

First steps taken for vaccine pills

First steps taken for vaccine pills

Image copyright Getty Images UK scientists have taken the first steps towards creating new vaccine treatments in pill form. The Cardiff team has made a prototype oral flu vaccine, which unlike standard inoculations does not need to be stored in a fridge or freezer. They hope it could pave the way for needle-free inoculations for […]

Philip Hammond hints at ‘headroom’ for more NHS spending

Philip Hammond hints at ‘headroom’ for more NHS spending

Media captionIn full: Laura Kuenssberg interviews Philip Hammond Philip Hammond has given his clearest hint yet that he is prepared to increase spending further on the NHS. The chancellor told the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg he recognised the pressures for more spending on health, local government “and other areas”. He said he would like to use […]

Private cancer therapy ‘crowdfunding rise’

Private cancer therapy ‘crowdfunding rise’

Image caption Liz Sheppard has been crowdfunding treatment for cancer There has been a big leap in the number of cancer patients turning to crowdfunding to pay for treatments not available on the NHS, figures seen by BBC Radio 5 live suggest. Data from JustGiving shows that 2,348 appeals were set up by cancer patients […]

Antibiotics ‘seen using brute force to kill bugs’

Antibiotics ‘seen using brute force to kill bugs’

Image copyright SCIENCE PICTURE CO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Scientists say they have witnessed antibiotics using brute, mechanical force to rip apart and kill hard-to-treat bugs. Researchers suggest these aggressive tactics – seen for the first time – could be used to build more effective antibiotics in the future. And this could help tackle the problem of […]

Misophonia: Scientists crack why eating sounds can make people angry

Misophonia: Scientists crack why eating sounds can make people angry

Image copyright Olana Tansley-Hancock Image caption Olana Tansley-Hancock has spent more than two decades with misophonia Why some people become enraged by sounds such as eating or breathing has been explained by brain scan studies. The condition, misophonia, is far more than simply disliking noises such as nails being scraped down a blackboard. “I feel […]

Weekend camping resets body clock

Weekend camping resets body clock

Image copyright University of Colorado Boulder Image caption The researchers dragged volunteers on to a camping trip in the midst of a Colorado winter Spending a weekend out camping resets the clock inside our bodies that influences sleeping habits, scientists at a US university have discovered. The team argue that time in the great outdoors […]

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