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. […]

FDA approves ‘trackable’ pill

FDA approves ‘trackable’ pill

Image copyright Getty Images US regulators have approved the first pill that can be digitally tracked through the body. The Abilify MyCite aripiprazole tablets – for treating schizophrenia and manic episodes – have an ingestible sensor embedded inside them that records that the medication has been taken. A patch worn by the patient transmits this […]

Emotional toll of diabetes ‘needs more recognition’

Image copyright Getty Images Many people living with diabetes are struggling with related emotional problems – an issue that needs support and recognition, a charity says. Diabetes UK surveyed 8,500 people about diabetes and how it affected their daily life. Three in five said their condition made them feel down. Of those in employment, 16% […]

Liver test to aid paracetamol overdose treatment

People who overdose on paracetamol could be helped by a blood test that shows immediately if they are going to suffer liver damage. Researchers in Edinburgh and Liverpool said the test would help doctors identify which patients arriving in hospital need more intensive treatment. The blood test detects levels of specific molecules in blood associated […]