• By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News 23 August 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images A daily pill containing four medicines can cut the number of heart attacks and strokes by a third, a study shows. The polypill contains blood-thinning aspirin, a cholesterol-lowering statin and two drugs to lower blood pressure. The researchers - in Iran and the UK - said the pill...

  • 24 August 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Great Britain celebrate after winning the Women's Hockey final against the Netherlands in 2016 Elite athletes have bad teeth despite putting more effort into looking after them than other people, a study shows. UCL scientists interviewed 352 British athletes, including those preparing to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.It...

  • 23 August 2019 Image copyright Family photo Image caption Nadia Sharif was a "really bright girl", her family said A mental health unit where two girls died in two months is to close, a watchdog has said.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated Middlesbrough's West Lane Hospital as inadequate and said patients were at high risk of "avoidable harm".It followed the deaths of 17-year-old Christie...

  • 23 August 2019 Image copyright Channel 4 Image caption Prue Leith will help to set new quality standards Bake Off judge Prue Leith is the latest celebrity chef to be recruited in the quest to improve the food hospital patients eat.The government is launching a review of hospital food, first announced in June, to set new quality standards for the 140 million meals served annually.Prime Minister...

  • By Imogen Foulkes BBC News, Geneva 22 August 2019 comments Image copyright AFP Image caption Microplastics have been found in rivers, lakes, drinking water supplies and bottled water Microplastics in drinking water do not appear to pose a health risk at current levels, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).In its first report on the issue, the WHO found that larger particles, and most...

  • 22 August 2019 Image copyright Getty Images The UK's largest cervical cancer charity has said it hopes a documentary about Jade Goody will serve as "a reminder" of the impact of the disease.The finale of Channel 4's three-part Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain aired on Wednesday.Goody's illness and death in 2009, aged 27, led to a 12% spike in women getting NHS smear tests at the...

  • 22 August 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Two million older people are risking side-effects from taking multiple medications, a charity has warned.Age UK says more than one in 10 over-65s in England take at least eight prescribed medications each week.While many are vital for those with complex conditions, the charity says one in five may be inappropriate.GPs said no-one should be taking...

  • By Caroline Parkinson Health editor, BBC News website 22 August 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images People with type 2 diabetes "should not be encouraged" to take omega-3 fish oil supplements, researchers from the University of East Anglia say. There had been some concerns omega-3 could be harmful for people with the condition.But while a BMJ review of more than 80 studies found no...

  • 21 August 2019 Image copyright Google Image caption West Lane is a mental health unit for children and adolescents A mental health unit for young people where two girls died in two months is not safe, a health watchdog has said.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated West Lane Hospital in Middlesbrough inadequate and said patients were at high risk of "avoidable harm".It found staff did not...

  • 21 August 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People in their 30s are often juggling work and family demands People in their mid-30s need to watch their blood pressure to protect brain health in later life, says a study.It found the "window of opportunity" to safeguard brain health runs from then until the early-50s.Following 500 people born in 1946, it linked higher blood pressure...

  • 21 August 2019 Image copyright Christy Stephens Image caption Christy and her son Christopher Christopher Holmes has haemophilia A - his body lacks a protein that makes blood clot. A simple graze can mean the two-year-old bleeds uncontrollably.To avoid this he needs treatment every few days with a drug put into his bloodstream via a tube in his chest.But now, NHS England has agreed to fund a new...

  • By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online 20 August 2019 Image copyright Science Photo Library The UK has lost its measles-free status three years after the virus was eliminated in the country.Cases of the potentially deadly infection have been going up, with too few people being vaccinated. Measles can be prevented through two doses of the MMR vaccine - something that is offered free...

  • 20 August 2019 Image copyright Nia Gore Image caption Mair Gore's family said she had to wait five hours to get the drugs needed to stop her stroke getting worse A family claim the Welsh Government is "playing with people's lives" after axing ambulance waiting time targets to reach suspected stroke victims.Mair Gore's family said she was told to wait two-and-a-half hours for an ambulance after...

  • 20 August 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images The first minister has been urged to restrict price promotions on food and drinks high in fat, sugar and salt to help fight Scotland's obesity "crisis".Health groups and campaigners say multi-buy price reductions "encourage people to buy a greater number of unhealthy products".Nearly 30% of adults and 13% of children in Scotland are obese.The...

  • By Adina Campbell BBC Community affairs correspondent 20 August 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'Why me? I had ovarian cancer at 14'When 14-year-old Kelliyah started experiencing severe abdominal pain, she initially blamed it on one too many fizzy drinks and a lack of exercise.She lived with the persistent symptoms for weeks before going to hospital.But once she...

  • More schoolchildren 'rejecting cigarettes' 20 August 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images Secondary-school pupils in England appear to be rejecting cigarettes in greater numbers than ever before. The most recent survey in a series that began in the 1980s indicates just 16% of the pupils have ever smoked tobacco, down from 19% in 2016 and 49% in 1996.However, a quarter of the 13,000 pupils...

  • 19 August 2019 Image copyright PA Media Image caption Retired builder Keith Castle, 52, recovers in bed at the hospital a week after his heart transplant in August 1979 The son of the UK's first "successful" heart transplant patient 40 years ago has spoken about how his father "became a celebrity overnight".Keith Castle, then aged 52, lived for more than five years after surgery at Papworth...

  • By Clive Coleman Legal correspondent, BBC News 19 August 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption"I didn't know there was a ticking clock above my head"Failure to identify and treat a little-known spinal condition probably costs the NHS hundreds of millions a year, according to a leading consultant. Cauda equina syndrome requires surgery within hours to avoid damage to the...

  • By Keiligh Baker BBC News 19 August 2019 Related TopicsThe Holocaust Image copyright Erich Lepier Image caption An illustration from the atlas shows a man's partially dissected cheek When nerve surgeon Dr Susan Mackinnon needed help to finish an operation, she reached, as she often does, for a mid-20th Century book of anatomy.Thanks to the complex hand-drawn illustrations - showing the human...

  • By Alice Evans BBC News 19 August 2019 Related TopicsEdinburgh Festival Fringe Image copyright BBC/Mark Yeoman Image caption Jess Thom, a comedian with Tourette's, is one of several people calling out Olaf Falafel for his award-winning joke A charity for people with Tourette's syndrome has asked a comedian to apologise for his award-winning joke made at the Edinburgh Fringe festival.Tourettes...