• By Shiona McCallum Newsbeat reporter 24 May 2019 Image caption Nathan Gayle gets around 20 migraines a month People who suffer from chronic migraines are calling for a new drug to be offered on the NHS in England.The monthly injection of Aimovig has been described as "life-changing" by those who have tried it. If it gets approved, it will be for people who have tried other preventative...

  • Mumps and measles cases in England prompt vaccine call By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News 24 May 2019 Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Mumps leads to painful swellings under the ears A significant increase in mumps cases and continuing outbreaks of measles in England have led to calls for people to ensure they are immunised.Public Health England said...

  • 24 May 2019 Image copyright Jillian Tisdale Image caption Jillian Tisdale needed surgery to her fingers after a 'degloving' injury Surgeons are warning dog owners not to wrap leads around their fingers or wrist because of the dangers of serious hand injury.They say thousands of people could be at risk from lacerations, friction burns, fractures and ligament injuries. There were 30 serious hand...

  • 24 May 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Online booking for cancer screening should be introduced, says the report Making an appointment for breast and cervical cancer screening should be as simple as booking a plane ticket online, says the man behind an overhaul of the current system in England.Prof Sir Mike Richards said text reminders and out-of-hours appointments were also a...

  • 24 May 2019 Image caption Whorlton Hall, near Castle Barnard, looked after 17 adults with learning difficulties and autism Ten workers have been arrested over the alleged abuse of patients with learning difficulties at a specialist hospital.Seven men and three women were arrested at addresses in Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Darlington and Stockton.Undercover filming by BBC Panorama at...

  • 23 May 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prochlorperazine is prescribed for nausea and dizziness Four pharmaceutical firms have been accused of illegally colluding to restrict the supply of an anti-nausea tablet, driving the price paid for it by the NHS up by 700%.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said the cost of Prochlorperazine rose from £6.49 per pack to...

  • 23 May 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Public health experts are calling for fair provision of public toilets for women, saying the aim should be to have two female loos to every male one.With more urinals than cubicles, men - unlike women - rarely queue, a Royal Society for Public Health report says.It blames the closure of hundreds of council-run toilets for deterring some people from...

  • By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 23 May 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUndercover BBC filming shows staff swearing, mocking and taunting patients with autism and learning disabilitiesWhorlton Hall hospital had at least 100 visits by official agencies in the year before abuse of inpatients there was discovered, the BBC has learned.Inspectors, council officials...

  • By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 22 May 2019 Image copyright Steve Baker SCB Photography Image caption Tom and his wife Nic - his story was made into a film in 2016 called Starfish, featuring Tom Riley and Joanne Froggatt A man who woke from a coma to discover both his arms and legs had been amputated and part of his face removed has called for mandatory training on sepsis for NHS...

  • By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online 22 May 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images Patients who have had a stroke caused by bleeding in the brain can safely take aspirin to cut their risk of future strokes and heart problems, according to a new study. Aspirin thins the blood and so doctors have been cautious about giving it, fearing it could make bleeds worse. But The Lancet...

  • By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 22 May 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPanorama filmed vulnerable adults being deliberately provoked by staff who then physically restrained themThe abuse and mistreatment of vulnerable adults at a specialist hospital has been uncovered by the BBC's Panorama programme.Undercover BBC filming shows staff intimidating, mocking and...

  • 21 May 2019 Image caption Alice Sloman died three days after an MRI scan at Torbay Hospital The death of a 14-year-old girl following an MRI scan is to be investigated by a health watchdog.Alice Sloman, from Torbay, had autism and was given an anaesthetic for the scan after becoming "extremely anxious" and "hypersensitive".But a hormone given for a growth defect led to an undiagnosed condition...

  • Decriminalise prostitution, say nurses 21 May 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Prostitution should be decriminalised to protect the health and welfare of sex workers, nurses say.The Royal College of Nursing is to start lobbying government to change the law after members voted in favour of the move at their annual conference. Nurses said the current law put sex workers at risk and deterred them...

  • 21 May 2019 Image copyright ALAMY Image caption Nitrous oxide, which can lawfully be sold for whipping cream, is typically sold in small silver canisters The public is too complacent about the risks of laughing gas, nurses are warning.The gas - nitrous oxide - is the second most commonly used recreational drug in England and Wales after cannabis.But the Royal College of Nursing said many people...

  • 21 May 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Patients with mental health problems, autism and learning disabilities are being let down by a "broken" care system, a report warns.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says it knows of at least 62 adults and children that have been living in segregation in mental health hospitals for long periods of time. Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who commissioned the...

  • By Marie-Louise Connolly & Catherine Smyth BBC News NI 20 May 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMarie Cromie says a contaminated blood transfusion "ruined my life"A Belfast woman has said her life was ruined after she was given infected blood in a transfusion.Marie Cromie found out she had hepatitis C in 2005 and has had to have two liver transplants.She spoke...

  • Stress from poverty 'over-medicalised' By Chris Vallance BBC Radio 4's PM programme 20 May 2019 More than 70 million prescriptions for anti-depressants were issued in England in 2018 - and low-income areas had some of some of the highest prescription rates. BBC Radio 4's PM programme meets some of those interviewed for a new study, Poverty, Pathology and Pills, warning against "over-medicalising...

  • 20 May 2019 Image copyright Family photo Image caption Harri Stickler's mother says her son is "doing great" A baby who was in need of a stem cell donor is responding well after a transplant, his mother says.Harri Stickler, from Aberdare, who is one next week, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia in December and was given a 20-30% chance of survival.A donor was found after his mother...

  • 20 May 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Too many children in England are being admitted to mental health hospitals unnecessarily, according to a report.Research for the Children's Commissioner for England found children were often unable to get appropriate support at school and in the community.This was contributing to children ending up in institutions, sometimes for months or years, the...

  • By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 20 May 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images The good will of nurses in England is being abused by politicians who have failed to get to grips with a desperate shortage of staff, nurse leaders say.Royal College of Nursing general secretary Dame Donna Kinnair will call for safe staffing levels to be enshrined in law in a speech on Monday. There are...