• 13 December 2018 Image copyright Google Image caption The restrictions come into force at nine hospitals, including North Tyneside General Hospital, on Friday Children under 12 are being banned from visiting patients in nine hospitals as part of a raft of restrictions to fight rising rates of norovirus.Northumbria Healthcare said the restrictions should stop the illness reaching "critical...

  • Organ donors to be asked if they are religious 13 December 2018 Image copyright Getty Images People who join the NHS's UK organ donation register are to be asked if they want their religious beliefs to be considered in the donation process.The question aims to reassure people that donation can take place in line with their faith or beliefs.It is hoped the measure can help to boost the low...

  • 13 December 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Only one in 10 restaurant meals analysed was classed as healthy or fewer than 600kcal The calorie content of meals in UK restaurants is "excessive" and sit-down restaurants are unhealthier than fast-food chains, BMJ research suggests.Health experts say meals should not exceed 600 calories, but in this study they averaged 1,033...

  • 13 December 2018 Image copyright Getty Images There is little evidence teething gels containing an anaesthetic are effective at easing pain, the medicines regulator has said.The gels for children and babies are available in High Street shops.But from next year those containing lidocaine - the anaesthetic used in many gels - will be available only in pharmacies.Parents have been advised to...

  • 13 December 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Hospitals in England are so overcrowded ahead of Christmas care is being put at risk, experts say, with some places having to turn away ambulances because they cannot accept any more patients.NHS England's first weekly report of the winter shows nearly 95% of beds are occupied. Anything above 85% is unsafe.Experts warned hospitals were in the "red...

  • 12 December 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption HES was contracted to process clinical waste in Scotland until April 2019 Temporary storage is being put in place at NHS sites across Scotland to cope with a potential backlog of clinical waste, it has emerged.National Services Scotland (NSS) said it had taken responsibility for waste from every hospital, GP surgery, dental practice and...

  • 12 December 2018 Image caption Amanda Cox's death is being treated as unexplained Investigations are taking place into the death of a new mother who is thought to have collapsed after getting lost inside Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.Amanda Cox, who was 34 and from Peebles in the Borders, was reported missing on Monday after failing to return to the maternity ward following a visit to see her son at...

  • By Katherine Sellgren BBC News family reporter 12 December 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Teenagers who are victims of neglect, bullying, crime, family violence and sexual exploitation are more likely to self-harm and have suicidal thoughts, a study from King's College London finds.The report says the picture is complex, with other pre-existing vulnerabilities like low self-esteem or an...

  • By Chris Quevatre & Chris Ellis BBC News 12 December 2018 Image copyright Katie Flack Image caption Katie Flack had been prepped for surgery and wearing a hospital gown when her hysterectomy was cancelled the second time A woman's life was turned "upside-down" when major surgery was cancelled four times by a hospital suffering from extreme pressures.Katie Flack had already been prepared for...

  • By Sean Coughlan BBC News education and family correspondent 11 December 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images Young people are highly sceptical about advancement being a reality, according to a survey from the relaunched Social Mobility Commission.It found many young adults expected to be worse off than previous generations and believed opportunities depended on social background rather...

  • By Geoff White Technology reporter 11 December 2018 Image copyright Woebot Labs/Touchkin Image caption Woebot and Wysa are part of a new wave of mental health chatbots Two mental health chatbot apps have required updates after struggling to handle reports of child sexual abuse.In tests, neither Wysa nor Woebot told an apparent victim to seek emergency help.The BBC also found the apps had...

  • 11 December 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images Doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku does not appear to protect against mental decline, according to a new study. The idea of "use it or lose it" when it comes to our brains in later life has previously been widely accepted. The new Scottish study showed that people who regularly do intellectual activities throughout life have higher mental...

  • By Laurel Ives BBC Health 11 December 2018 comments Image copyright andriano_cz Image caption People who stood on the scales at least twice a week lost weight Regular weigh-ins at home, plus simple weight-loss tips, could prevent people from piling on the pounds at Christmas, according to a new study. The Universities of Birmingham and Loughborough divided 272 volunteers into two groups. The...

  • 11 December 2018 Image copyright jam noorlander Eight genes linked to red hair have been discovered by scientists, helping to shed light on how redheads inherit their distinctive locks.The Edinburgh University-led research has been described as the largest genetic study of hair colour to date.It had been thought red hair was controlled by a single gene, MC1R, with versions passed on from both...

  • 11 December 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNorman Lamb: Prohibition has not worked in any part of the worldA former health minister has called on MPs to legalise the possession and consumption of cannabis. Norman Lamb backed introducing regulation of its production, distribution and sale.But his 10-minute-rule bill in the House of Commons was rejected by 66 votes...

  • 11 December 2018 Image copyright Science Photo Library An additional 3,591 women have not received information about NHS cervical cancer screening, it has emerged. Capita, the company contracted to send out the screening invitations, made the discovery while investigating an administrative error already known to have affected 40,000 women in England. NHS England says there is no evidence of any...

  • By Marie-Louise Connolly & Catherine Smyth BBC News NI Health team 10 December 2018 Image caption Thirteen members of staff were suspended following allegations of ill-treatment The mother of a severely-disabled man who is a patient at Muckamore Abbey Hospital described a seclusion room her son was placed in as "a dark dungeon". The woman said she was horrified that in 2017 the room was...

  • 9 December 2018 Image copyright Science Photo Library Public Health England (PHE) is urging pregnant women and those over 65 to get the flu jab, after a fall in take-up compared to this time last year. PHE said it was best to get the jab ahead of Christmas, before flu typically starts to circulate. Social gatherings can increase the risk of it spreading.Early indications suggest the vaccine will...

  • 10 December 2018 Image caption Tom Tyreman died in February from cancer The family of a man who died after receiving a liver transplant from a donor with undetected cancer has called for more thorough tests.Tom Tyreman, 63, from Stockton, initially recovered after the operation at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital a year ago, but died of cancer in February.There was later found to be a small...

  • By Ben Robinson 5 live Investigates 9 December 2018 Image copyright Kenza Barton Schlee Image caption Anna Boniface ignored the warning signs of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport Anna Boniface seemed to have the world at her feet when finishing as the 2017 London Marathon's fastest amateur female runner.Her performance earned her an England team place in that autumn's Toronto Marathon. The...