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Sian Hollands death: Mum slams Darent Valley Hospital doctors

Sian Hollands death: Mum slams Darent Valley Hospital doctors

Image copyright Hollands family Image caption Sian Hollands was the mother of three children A woman whose daughter died because of doctors’ failings says medics have not had the “decency” to apologise. Sian Hollands, 25, died from a pulmonary embolism at Darent Valley Hospital, Kent, in November 2015. A coroner ruled in April her death […]

Health regulator to investigate care home rape cover-up claims

Health regulator to investigate care home rape cover-up claims

Image copyright CQC Image caption Sir David Behan said action should have been taken “more speedily” The body which regulates health and social care in England admits it could have acted more quickly after a rape was reported at a home for people with learning disabilities in north London. The rape is alleged to have […]

Slimy slugs inspire ‘potentially lifesaving’ medical glue

Slimy slugs inspire ‘potentially lifesaving’ medical glue

Image copyright SPL Image caption Slugs were the inspiration for a new kind of super-sticky bio glue A defensive mucus secreted by slugs has inspired a new kind of adhesive that could transform medicine, say scientists. The “bio-glue” is incredibly strong, moves with the body and crucially, sticks to wet surfaces. The team at Harvard […]

Regret ‘improves children’s decision-making’

Regret ‘improves children’s decision-making’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Experiencing regret at a young age may be important in helping children to make better decisions Frank Sinatra, Edith Piaf, and even Robbie Williams are amongst the singers who have exhorted us not to get bogged down in regret, but could this emotion actually be beneficial for us? According […]

Should you finish a course of antibiotics?

Should you finish a course of antibiotics?

Image copyright Getty Images It is time to reconsider the widespread advice that people should always complete an entire course of antibiotics, experts in the BMJ say. They argue there is not enough evidence to back the idea that stopping pills early encourages antibiotic resistance. Instead, they suggest, more studies need to be done to […]

Antibody helps keep man’s HIV at bay for 10 months

Antibody helps keep man’s HIV at bay for 10 months

Image copyright Science Photo Library An experimental therapy has held back one man’s HIV infection for 10 months, doctors have reported. He was one of 18 people in a small trial testing injections of “broadly neutralising antibodies” – the natural weapons of the immune system. They delayed the resurgence of the virus in other participants […]

Sperm count drop ‘could make humans extinct’

Sperm count drop ‘could make humans extinct’

Image copyright JUERGEN BERGER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Humans could become extinct if sperm counts in men continue to fall at current rates, a doctor has warned. Researchers assessing the results of nearly 200 studies say sperm counts among men from North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, seem to have halved in less than 40 years. […]

NHS ‘does not need more money to improve’

NHS ‘does not need more money to improve’

Image caption Sir Mike is stepping down from his role at the end of the week The NHS does not necessarily need more money to improve care, the outgoing chief inspector of hospitals in England, Prof Sir Mike Richards, says. Sir Mike said there were more cost-effective ways of running the service, such as ending […]

Drugs cocktail ‘cut HIV deaths by 27%’

Drugs cocktail ‘cut HIV deaths by 27%’

Image copyright Getty Images More than 10,000 lives a year could be saved with a simple change to HIV medication, doctors say. HIV is often diagnosed late, when it has already ravaged the immune system, leaving people vulnerable. To counter this, researchers tried prescribing a cocktail of drugs at the start of HIV therapy to […]

Time, not material goods, ‘raises happiness’

Time, not material goods, ‘raises happiness’

Image copyright Getty Images Using money to free-up time is linked to increased happiness, a study says. In an experiment, individuals reported greater happiness if they used £30 ($40) to save time – such as by paying for chores to be done – rather than spending the money on material goods. Psychologists say stress over […]