Image copyright Thinkstock An oral treatment for peanut allergy is still effective four years after it was administered, a study has found. Children were given a probiotic, with a peanut protein, daily for 18 months. When tested one month later, 80% could tolerate peanuts without any allergic symptoms and after four years, 70% of them… Read More Peanut allergy treatment 'lasts up to four years'
Image copyright Getty Images More than 200 patients in England have been infected or contaminated with a drug-resistant fungus first found in Japan, health officials have confirmed. Hospitals are on the lookout for further cases and are putting in place measures to help control any further spread of the fungus, Candida auris. Public Health England… Read More Japanese fungus spreading in UK hospitals
Image copyright Getty Images The amount of time spent needing daily care at the end of life has doubled in England over the past two decades, a study suggests. The Newcastle University study found men spent 2.4 years on average needing regular care and women three years. This includes everything from help with washing and… Read More Time spent frail in old age 'doubles'
Image caption Overall care at the trust has improved but further work is required, the watchdog has said Maternity services at a health trust at the centre of a baby deaths inquiry must improve, inspectors have said. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered an investigation into the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust in April. A… Read More Maternity 'must improve' at baby-deaths hospital trust
Image copyright Brendan Foster Image caption Screening tests reduce the mortality rates from bowel cancer A new, more accurate screening test for bowel cancer is on hold in Northern Ireland because there is no Stormont health minister. Bowel cancer is second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of death from the disease in… Read More Bowel cancer test: 'No health minister' means NI people must wait
Image copyright Getty Images School-leavers are putting themselves at risk of deadly meningitis if they don’t take up the offer to be vaccinated against the disease, nurses are warning. People living in England who are aged 17 and 18 are eligible for the free jab. The Royal College of Nursing says only a third took… Read More Meningitis jab uptake 'worryingly low'
Image caption The Blood Transfusion Service has now clarified its malaria testing rules for Indian-born blood donors The Blood Transfusion Service has apologised after 120 members of the Indian community were turned away from giving blood. The blood drive was organised specifically for the Indian community last year, but confusion over criteria meant many were… Read More Apology over Indian blood donation 'embarrassment'
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFather-of-two Graham Biggley died of a drugs overdose earlier this year The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland last year totalled 867, a rise of 23% on 2015. Numbers have been steadily increasing since 1995, when 426 fatal overdoses were recorded. The latest statistics from the National… Read More Drug deaths in Scotland rose by 23% in 2016
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Image copyright Getty Images People who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of heart disease even if they appear medically healthy, experts are warning. The work, in the European Heart Journal, is further evidence against the idea people can be “fat but fit”. The researchers studied health data on more than half a… Read More 'Fat but fit' still risk heart disease