Depression link between fathers and teenage children, says study

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fathers, as well as mothers, have an impact on children’s mental health. Depression in fathers, as well as mothers, has an impact on children despite mothers often being the focus when treating adolescent depression, a study suggests. The University College London (UCL) report looked at 14,000 families in the […]

Tia has epidermolysis bullosa – known as ‘butterfly skin’

Four-year-old Tia Foster-Price has a condition called epidermolysis bullosa (EB). It means her mum Anne Marie has to treat her skin and pop her blisters every day – and it stops her running around with her friends. Anne Marie says she thinks: “Is she going to die this year? Is she going to live?” But […]

‘Breakthrough’ breast cancer drugs get NHS approval

‘Breakthrough’ breast cancer drugs get NHS approval

Image copyright Science Photo Library Two new “breakthrough” drugs to treat breast cancer have been given the green light for use on the NHS. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) approved palbociclib and ribociclib after negotiating prices for the treatments. Research shows the drugs slow down advanced cancer for at least 10 […]

Young people out of love with their own bodies, says report

Image copyright Science Photo Library Body dissatisfaction can start as young as six and lead to depression, anxiety and eating issues, MPs will be told. The Youth Select Committee urged the government to recognise the seriousness of body image fears, before young people suffered a long-term impact. It is launching its report into the issue, […]

Mental health trusts restrain patients ‘every 10 minutes’

Mental health trusts restrain patients ‘every 10 minutes’

Image copyright PA Image caption More patients are being restrained in mental health units, figures show Mental health trusts in England are restraining patients on average every 10 minutes, figures have revealed. They show the number of incidents of restraint has increased each year since 2013. Former health minister Norman Lamb said use of force […]

Supreme Court backs Scottish minimum alcohol pricing

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Scotland can set a minimum price for alcohol, rejecting a challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). Legislation was approved by the Scottish Parliament five years ago but has been tied up in court challenges. In a unanimous judgment, seven Supreme Court judges said the legislation did not […]

Giving birth on due date ‘less risky’ for older mums

Image copyright Getty Images Stillbirth and newborn death risk could be reduced by offering more pregnant women the chance to give birth on their due date, experts believe. Currently, women who are overdue but well are often given a couple of extra weeks to see if labour will happen spontaneously before doctors intervene. New research […]

Supreme Court decides on Scottish minimum alcohol pricing

The UK’s highest court will decide later whether Scotland can finally implement its policy of minimum pricing for alcohol. Legislation was approved by the Scottish Parliament five years ago but it has been tied up in court challenges amid claims it breaches European law. Ministers said a 50p-per-unit minimum would help tackle Scotland’s “unhealthy relationship […]

Commuters urged to help stop suicides through small talk

Image copyright Small Talk Saves Lives Image caption Asking a question can be enough to interrupt suicidal thoughts, says a new campaign Commuters are being urged to step in if they see vulnerable people near railway tracks, as part of a campaign to prevent suicide. Network Rail, British Transport Police (BTP) and Samaritans hope the […]

Indulgent grandparents ‘bad for children’s health’

Image copyright SolStock Indulgent grandparents may be having an adverse impact on their grandchildren’s health, say researchers. The University of Glasgow study, published in PLOS One journal, suggests grandparents are often inclined to treat and overfeed children. The study also found some were smoking in front of their grandchildren and not giving them sufficient exercise. […]

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