• By Samantha Fenwick You and Yours 22 March 2019 Advertising watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered 150 homeopaths operating in the UK to stop claiming they can cure autism. Five of them face prosecution for advertising a treatment called Cease therapy, which has no scientific basis and is potentially harmful.The National Autistic Society says autism is part of who people...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News 22 March 2019 Image copyright Oregon Health and Science University Image caption Grady aged 11 months old Scientists say they have made a significant leap towards helping boys with cancer stay fertile, thanks to a baby monkey called Grady.Cancer treatment can damage a boy's undeveloped testes and leaves a third of survivors infertile...

  • By Rebecca Woods BBC News 21 March 2019 Image copyright Diana Johnston Image caption Rachel Johnston's mother Diana has started a legal battle for negligence The mother of a disabled woman who died after all her teeth were removed says she did not consent to the operation.Rachel Johnston's family has started a legal claim for negligence, saying medics failed to discuss risks of the treatment she...

  • 21 March 2019 Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption South African athlete Caster Semenya has been prevented from competing for nearly a year New rules to reduce naturally high testosterone levels in female athletes have been branded "unscientific".Last year, athletics chiefs ruled women with levels of five nanomoles per litre or more must have hormone treatment before being allowed to...

  • By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 21 March 2019 Image copyright Getty Images The NHS in England has no chance of training enough GPs and nurses to solve the shortages it faces, experts say.A report by three leading think tanks predicts that in the next five years nurse shortages will double and GP gaps nearly treble, without radical action.The Nuffield Trust, Health Foundation and King's Fund...

  • 21 March 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Uptake of cervical screening is at a 20-year low Women are to be offered the chance to carry out smear tests at home in a bid to cut the rates of cervical cancer.The pilot scheme will see some women in north and east London given self-sampling kits from September. It comes as take-up of cervical screening in England hits a 20-year low,...

  • By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News 21 March 2019 Image caption Mary Warnock: An exuberant philosopher of great intellect who lead the foundations for the widespread use of IVF The philosopher and IVF ethics pioneer Baroness Mary Warnock has died at the age of 94. She chaired a number of inquiries to inform government policy.They included a report which led to the creation of the...

  • 21 March 2019 Image caption England's Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, wants the NHS to embrace genomics technology England's Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has been criticised by doctors for over-reacting to a DNA test he said may have saved his life by revealing a "higher risk of prostate cancer".Some senior medics said the test had shown his risk was normal and he would be wasting NHS...

  • 21 March 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Hospital doctors have dropped their 13-year opposition to the concept of helping terminally ill patients die.Following a poll of its members, the Royal College of Physicians has now adopted a neutral stance on the issue of assisted dying.Some groups have spoken out against the change, saying a respected medical body's reputation has been damaged. Others...

  • 20 March 2019 Image copyright AFP A US jury has found that one of the world's most widely-used weedkillers was a "substantial factor" in causing a man's cancer.Pharmaceutical group Bayer had strongly rejected claims that its glyphosate-based Roundup product was carcinogenic. But the jury in San Francisco ruled unanimously that it contributed to causing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in California...

  • 20 March 2019 comments Image caption Gaynor Thompson and Ben Moorhouse believe more needs to be done to prevent stillbirth Women are being left at risk of stillbirth due to a lack of proper screening for gestational diabetes, new research suggests. The study involved pregnant women at 41 maternity units across the UK. It found not all women who were at high risk of developing the condition were...

  • 20 March 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Anti-vaping activists say young people are deliberately targeted with flavoured products Officials in San Francisco have proposed a new law to ban e-cigarette sales until their health effects are evaluated by the US government.The law appears to be the first of its kind in the US and seeks to curb a rising usage by young people.Critics,...

  • By Elizabeth Quigley BBC Scotland news 20 March 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJoy Milne can smell Parkinson's disease before it is medically diagnosedA Scottish woman who astonished doctors with her ability to detect Parkinson's disease through smell has helped scientists find what causes the odour.Researchers in Manchester said they had identified the molecules...

  • 20 March 2019 Image copyright PA Image caption Registered childminders will look after children while mums attend screening appointments Dozens of childcare providers across the UK are offering to look after children for free to enable mothers to attend cervical screening appointments.Public Health England is currently spearheading a campaign to increase take-up rates of tests, said to be the...

  • By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online 20 March 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People experiencing psychosis lose touch with reality and may hear voices, researchers said Smoking potent 'skunk-like' cannabis increases your risk of serious mental illness, say researchers. They estimate around one in 10 new cases of psychosis may be associated with strong cannabis,...

  • By Ben Chu & Marianna Spring BBC Newsnight 20 March 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Getty Images Hospitals across England are experiencing medicine shortages due to "stockpiling and price pressure as the Brexit deadline approaches", NHS Providers has told BBC Newsnight.The trade association warned some trusts had seen shortages of up to 160 different drugs in the past six...

  • By Angus Crawford BBC News 20 March 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'My anorexia really loved Instagram'Content on Instagram that encourages eating disorders is "spiralling out of control", psychiatrists have warned.A BBC investigation found children swapping graphic images of weight loss and advice on how to make their illnesses more extreme.Dr Jon Goldin, of the...

  • 19 March 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In 2017/18 almost two-thirds of adults in Northern Ireland were overweight or obese The Department of Health is considering setting up Northern Ireland's first dedicated weight-loss surgery unit.An assessment will be carried out into whether or not the unit should be created in Enniskillen.Weight-loss surgery is sometimes used to tackle...

  • 19 March 2019 Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Hospital infection rates are being investigated by a Holyrood committee Communication between infection control nurses and maintenance staff at a Glasgow hospital hit by a series of outbreaks was "not particularly great", MSPs have been told.Holyrood's health committee launched an inquiry in the wake of problems at the Queen...

  • By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 19 March 2019 Image copyright Ridofranz/Getty Images A shortage of cancer doctors will hamper the ability of the NHS to provide cutting-edge care, experts are warning. A Royal College of Radiologists census of 62 major UK cancer centres found more than 7.5% of consultant posts were vacant, with services maintained only by large amounts of overtime.It said...