• By Judith Burns Education reporter 23 July 2019 Image copyright King's College London Image caption Medical student Yousef El Tawil once thought school was a waste of time "You'd see people getting stabbed. You'd see people getting robbed for their belongings."In 2010, aged 14, Yousef El Tawil, felt "swept into a vortex of pessimism".At the end of Year 9, instead of heading home after school to...

  • UK weather: How to keep cool and carry on in a heatwave 23 July 2019 comments Related TopicsUK heatwaves Image copyright Getty Images With a heatwave predicted to bring temperatures above 35C to parts of the UK over the next few days, how can the nation keep cool and carry on?Forecasters expect temperatures to rise throughout the week - culminating in what the Met Office has said could be the...

  • 22 July 2019 Related TopicsCharlie Gard case Image copyright Family Handout Image caption Tafida Raqeeb's mother said her daughter was "completely healthy" before her sudden brain injury A family's fight to take their ill daughter to Italy for treatment will be heard at the High Court in September. Royal London Hospital doctors said there was no hope Tafida Raqeeb, five, would recover from a...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News 23 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Malaria parasites resistant to key drugs have spread rapidly in South East Asia, researchers from the UK and Thailand say.The parasites have moved from Cambodia to Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, where half of patients are not being cured by first-choice drugs. Researchers say the findings raise...

  • 23 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Adding canned laughter to the punchline of jokes - even "dad jokes" - makes them funnier, according to a study. The effect was even bigger if real, spontaneous giggles accompanied a gag, the University College London scientists said. They tried out 40 different jokes, ranging from the groan-worthy to the hilarious, on 72 volunteers.The findings, in...

  • 23 July 2019 Related TopicsUK contaminated blood inquiry Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption"He was a man that was dying every single day"Welsh victims of the contaminated blood scandal have started giving evidence to a public inquiry.Karisa Jones's husband Geraint was given infected blood in a transfusion in 1990 after losing his leg in a forklift truck accident at...

  • 23 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images UK babies are missing out on checks for rare but serious health conditions, putting lives at risk, according to a report from the charity Genetic Alliance UK. The NHS offers newborns a blood test to screen for up to nine conditions. Many other European countries look for 20 or more illnesses and the US screens for more than 50, the charity says. The UK...

  • 23 July 2019 Image copyright Chris McAndrew/ICVA Image caption Katie Kempen is chief executive of the monitoring body which pushed for the new rules Police in England and Wales must offer female detainees free sanitary products in case they are on their period while in custody, under new legislation.The amended codes of practice come after a watchdog suggested last year that police were...

  • By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 23 July 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images The government is pledging to end smoking in England by 2030 as part of a range of measures to tackle the causes of preventable ill health.Promoting physical activity, developing guidelines on sleep and targeting those at risk of diabetes are also set out as priorities in the green paper. The policy document...

  • 17 July 2019 Related TopicsScotland drug deaths Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Street Valium is also known as Street Blues Scotland has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in Europe and the numbers are continuing to rise at an alarming speed. What can be done about Scotland's drug death crisis?1. Decriminalisation Image caption The Daily Record is campaigning for...

  • 20 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption FGM is banned in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but persists in some communities Primary schools in England should start teaching pupils about female genital mutilation when a new curriculum is introduced next year, campaigners say. Secondary school pupils are to be taught about FGM from 2020.But experts fear that for some vulnerable...

  • By Anna Collinson Reporter, Victoria Derbyshire programme 22 July 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNaomi Macarthur says she suffered "the most horrific symptoms" after getting breast implants in 2014Women having breast implants should be warned about a condition linked to chronic pain and extreme fatigue, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS)...

  • 22 July 2019 Image caption Prof Dame Sally Davies said people should not be taken in by vaccine myths on social media Countries must work together to tackle global health risks, England's outgoing chief medical officer has said.In her final annual report, Prof Dame Sally Davies said focusing on domestic issues could risk failing to control global threats such as Ebola.And she said learning from...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News 22 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Gut bacteria may be playing a role in motor neurone disease, according to early studies in animals and people. Experiments show some species of bacteria - and the chemicals they make - change the pace of the disease. The team at the Weizmann Institute in Israel says it adds to work suggesting...

  • 18 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images It is "not fair and not right" that some parents have to return to work before their newborn leaves hospital, Theresa May has said as she launched a consultation on parental leave.Under government plans, new parents in Britain would get one week of state-funded leave and pay for every week their baby is in hospital.The intention is for parents to have...

  • 18 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images A new smartphone app to help women diagnose a urinary tract infection (UTI) is being trialled by the NHS.The app will be overseen by 37 pharmacies in a trial across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, aimed at freeing up GP appointments.It guides users through a urine test and allows the results to be analysed online by a pharmacist.Suspected UTIs make up 3%...

  • 19 July 2019 Image copyright Family handout Image caption Sophie Burgess died in hospital before seeing her babies A hospital trust says lessons have been learned in how to better identify and manage sepsis after a woman died hours after giving birth to twins.The trust said it offered "regret for the circumstances" leading to Sophie Burgess's death at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.Lawyers...

  • 18 July 2019 Image copyright Google Image caption Three students at Hobart High School have contracted measles A head teacher has written to parents to remind them to make sure their children are immunised after a measles outbreak at his school.Jim Adams wrote to parents after three cases were confirmed at Hobart High School, Loddon, Norfolk."Measles can be a very serious illness and it is also...

  • By Chris Vallance World at One, BBC Radio 4 19 July 2019 A major NHS trust could lose the equivalent of 60 consultants because of doctors' refusal to work overtime, its chief executive fears.Dr David Rosser, of University Hospitals Birmingham, said pension tax changes mean consultants fear extra earnings will trigger large bills.One senior doctor covered shifts, which would otherwise have gone...

  • 19 July 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images Whether it's almond, soy or coconut it seems more people are ditching cow's milk for the plant-based stuff.A quarter of British people are now drinking non-dairy milks, according to market research firm Mintel, who spoke to 2,000 people.The biggest users of non-dairy milk are 16-24 year olds - 33% are drinking them.But plant-based milks make up...