• 18 August 2018 Image copyright Getty Images The number of children and young people being treated for type 2 diabetes in England and Wales has gone up from 507 to 715 in four years, new figures show.More than three-quarters were also obese, according to the NHS data.Child health experts said the rise was "alarming" and the childhood obesity epidemic was "starting to bite".Councils said more...

  • By Nazima Pathan Science fellow 16 August 2018 Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption About 120,000 babies and children are admitted to paediatric or neonatal intensive care units each year Some intensive care units may be putting sick babies at risk by not monitoring breathing tubes correctly, according to a study which interviewed staff at hospitals across the country.This could...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News 16 August 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images A potential treatment for sudden liver failure could cut the need for transplants, say scientists at the University of Edinburgh. The liver has an incredible natural ability to repair itself, but this can be lost in some injuries including severe drug overdoses.The therapy is a...

  • 17 August 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption All present and future students qualify for the scheme, regardless of need or merit The New York University School of Medicine will provide free tuition for all present and future students, the university announced.Citing the risk of "overwhelming" debt, it says every student will qualify regardless of merit or financial need. NYU said...

  • 16 August 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Lena Dunham marked nine months since having a full hysterectomy by sharing three nude selfies on her Instagram. The Girls star, who had the surgery at 31, revealed she'd been "battling endometriosis for a decade" in February.Endometriosis is a condition that affects one in 10 women in the UK and can cause heavy periods, fatigue, bowel and bladder...

  • 16 August 2018 comments Image copyright NHSBT Image caption More than 5,000 people are currently on the waiting list for a transplant in England An opt-out organ donation register in England may not increase the number of organs because grieving relatives could be less sure what their loved ones had wanted, a study suggests.Under the opt-out system, planned to come in from 2020, consent is...

  • By Sarah Easedale BBC Wales news 17 August 2018 Image caption Jessica Evans has one son, but has also suffered four miscarriages A mother who has lost four babies in four years is calling for greater support from the Welsh NHS for women who suffer recurrent miscarriages.Jessica Evans said she suffered a "harrowing experience" after she was refused a referral to a specialist miscarriage...

  • 17 August 2018 Image copyright BMJ Image caption A scan showed the cyst above the woman's eye A woman has had a contact lens removed from her eyelid 28 years after it was thought to have fallen out.The discovery was made by doctors in Dundee after the patient, now aged 42, complained of swelling over her eye.The lens was found lodged in a cyst which had mysteriously flared up after more than a...

  • By Alex Therrien Health reporter, BBC News 17 August 2018 comments Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTaking out food groups not beneficial, says nutritionistA low-carb diet could shorten life expectancy by up to four years, a study suggests.Low-carb diets, such as Atkins, have become increasingly popular for weight loss and have shown promise for lowering the risk of some...

  • 17 August 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Around 470,000 people are using e-cigarettes as an aid to stop smoking Rules around e-cigarettes should be relaxed so they can be more widely used and accepted in society, says a report by MPs.Vaping is much less harmful than normal cigarettes and e-cigarettes should be made available on prescription to help more people quit...

  • 15 August 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A report describes a "fragmented approach" being taken around Wales with no national policy Patients are being put at risk because of a lack of staff awareness about discharging them from hospital, a report has said.Terminally ill patients with days left to live are among those this has impacted on, it said.The Healthcare...

  • 15 August 2018 comments Image copyright Alamy Image caption Baby boxes can be used as beds An average of 1,000 baby boxes per week were delivered to parents of newborns in the first year of the programme.The Scottish government said 52,065 baby boxes had been gifted to date, with an 85% uptake by parents.The boxes contain items including clothing, a play mat, books, a towel and a sling carrier -...

  • 15 August 2018 Image caption Luis Walker wrote to the prime minister asking for her help to make the drug available An eight-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis has urged a pharmaceutical firm to lower the price of a drug so it can be made available on the NHS.Luis Walker, from Horam, East Sussex, told Vertex Pharmaceuticals Orkambi would make him "feel much better".The National Institute for...

  • 15 August 2018 Image caption Misoprostol is sold under the brand name Cytotec among others Scottish women will still be allowed to take abortion pills at home after a legal challenge against the move was thrown out.Scotland became the first part of the UK to let women take the drug misoprostol at home last year.The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) challenged the decision at...

  • By Alex Therrien Health reporter, BBC News 15 August 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption DMT is the major psychoactive compound in ayahuasca, a drink made from vines The effects of a powerful psychedelic drug are similar to a near-death experience, research suggests. Answers to a questionnaire showed a "striking similarity" between people describing a near-death experience and...

  • 15 August 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Surgeons have warned about the health risks of Botox and fillers, after a High Street retailer said it would start offering the cosmetic treatments.Superdrug said it would provide the injections at one of its London branches, following feedback from nearly 10,000 customers. But surgeons warned that the procedures were not "casual beauty treatments".The...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News 15 August 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have discovered why some vegetables - including cabbage, broccoli and kale - can reduce the risk of bowel cancers. That cruciferous veg is good for the gut has never been in doubt but a detailed explanation has been elusive. The team at the Francis Crick...

  • 14 August 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Vaping can damage vital immune system cells and may be more harmful than previously thought, a study suggests. Researchers found e-cigarette vapour disabled important immune cells in the lung and boosted inflammation.The researchers "caution against the widely held opinion that e-cigarettes are safe".However, Public Health England advises they are much...

  • By Smitha Mundasad Global Health Correspondent, BBC News 14 August 2018 Image copyright DMI Image caption Marieta was just one when she fell into a coma with severe malaria When Marieta was just a year old she developed a high fever and became really unwell. Her family thought she had fallen under a curse that in parts of rural Burkina Faso is believed to happen when a bird flies over a child...

  • By Alex Therrien Health reporter, BBC News 14 August 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Babies and young children in prams can be exposed to up to 60% more pollution than adults, a study suggests.Experts said infants were exposed to dirtier air in prams because they were lower to the ground and closer to exhaust pipes. They are also more at risk from the health dangers of dirty air because their...