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Bristol bedblocking review calls for 'tighter controls'

<b>Patients fit for discharge who block hospital beds for more than a month are to be assigned a worker to deal with their case, a draft report reveals.</b><p>It comes after a dementia patient spent five months at Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) despite being fit to leave.<p>Iris Sibley, 89, had to stay because a …

Radiation Therapy

Babies made from three people approved in UK

<b>Babies made from two women and one man have been approved by the UK's fertility regulator.</b><p>The historic and controversial move is to prevent children being born with deadly genetic diseases.<p>Doctors in Newcastle - who developed the advanced form of IVF - are expected to be the first to offer the …

Genetics

Autism detectable in brain long before symptoms appear

<b>Brain scans can detect autism long before any symptoms start to emerge, say scientists.</b><p>The earliest that children tend to be diagnosed at present is at the age of two, although it is often later.<p>The study, published in the journal Nature, showed the origins of autism are much earlier than that - in …

Autism

Scientists appeal for more people to donate their brains

<b>Scientists are appealing for more people to donate their brains for research after they die.</b><p>They say they are lacking the brains of people with disorders such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.<p>In part, this shortage results from a lack of awareness that such conditions are due to …

The Brain

Woman with type 1 diabetes nearly BLINDED after blood vessels in her eye BURST

Eileen Breeze/GETTYEileen Breeze, left, was rushed into emergency surgery<p>Eileen Breeze, 54, from Aldwick in Bognor Regis missed three NHS routine eye …

Robots could help solve social care crisis, say academics

<b>Humanoid robots, with cultural awareness and a good bedside manner, could help solve the crisis over care for the elderly, academics say.</b><p>An international team is working on a £2m project to develop versatile robots to help look after older people in care homes or sheltered accommodation.<p>The robots …

Robots

Betsi Cadwaladr health board 'risking patient' safety claim

<b>Campaigners have accused a health board of risking patient safety and failing to learn lessons from a mental health ward scandal.</b><p>The North Wales Health Alliance (NWHA) said a Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board report highlighted serious issues around patient safety.<p>The pressure group said it …

Mental Health

NHS Wales chief says winter pressures 'very challenging'

The chief executive of NHS Wales Dr Andrew Goodall has said hospital A&E units and the ambulance service have already faced "exceptional" challenges this winter.<p>It comes ahead of December's A&E waiting times being published, which will be the first indication of how Wales is coping with winter …

NHS

Human organs-on-chips: Harvard develops microchips lined with living cells to revolutionise medicine

Microchips lined with living human organ cells will transform how diseases and drugs are tested.<p>Biological engineers at Harvard University's Wyss …

Stem cells could restore vision after eye disease

A new technique using stem cells can restore vision in mice that have end-stage eye disease, a condition that is thought to bring irreversible vision loss.<p>Researchers used stem cells to grow new retina tissue in a lab, and then transplanted that tissue into mice that had end-stage retinal …

Demand for digital talent will change job market in healthcare

The advent of digital healthcare will fuel the demand for specialised skills in the coming years. From managing electronic records to analysing the …

Reality Check: Will one-third of NHS beds in England be cut?

<b>The claim:</b> The government plans to cut one-third of hospital beds in England.<p><b>Reality Check verdict:</b> We do not have enough data to put a figure on the proportion of beds that will close under current plans. Only one-third of local NHS plans give any information about bed closures.<p><b>Labour leader</b> …

United Kingdom

Bug resistant to all antibiotics kills woman

<b>A superbug that could not be treated with 26 different antibiotics has killed a woman in the US, officials report.</b><p>The 70-year-old from Nevada had returned to the US in August with an infected swelling in her right hip after a long stay in India.<p>She died in September.<p>A Centers for Disease Control …

Microbiology

Artificial intelligence predicts when heart will fail

<b>Artificial intelligence can predict when patients with a heart disorder will die, according to scientists.</b><p>The software learned to analyse blood tests and scans of beating hearts to spot signs that the organ was about to fail.<p>The team, from the UK's Medical Research Council, say the technology could …

Artificial Intelligence

Multiple Sclerosis

An overview<p>Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects about 2.3 million people worldwide. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, though it can …

Some psychosis cases an 'immune disorder'

<b>Some patients sectioned with psychotic conditions, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, may actually have a treatable immune disorder, say Oxford University scientists.</b><p>A study in the Lancet Psychiatry suggests up to one in 11 cases of psychosis may involve antibodies attacking parts of the …

Mental Health

UK pushes ahead with sugar tax

<b>The UK government has published draft legislation for a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, which is set to begin from April 2018.</b><p>There will be two bands - one for soft drinks with more than 5g of sugar per 100ml and a higher one for drinks with more than 8g per 100ml.<p>Ministers hope it will help tackle …

Diabetes

Caesarean births 'affecting human evolution'

<b>The regular use of Caesarean sections is having an impact on human evolution, say scientists.</b><p>More mothers now need surgery to deliver a baby due to their narrow pelvis size, according to a study.<p>Researchers estimate cases where the baby cannot fit down the birth canal have increased from 30 in …

Ecology

Cardiac rehabilitation uptake on the rise in Wales

<b>More patients are taking up cardiac rehabilitation after a heart attack, making Wales a "world leader" in the service, a charity has said.</b><p>British Heart Foundation (BHF) said 59% of patients sought support following a procedure - up 17% on the year before.<p>It comes two years after the uptake in Wales …

Welsh Government

Parkinson's disease 'may start in gut'

<b>Scientists in California say they have transformed understanding of Parkinson's disease.</b><p>Their animal experiments, published in the journal Cell, suggest the brain disorder may be caused by bacteria living in the gut.<p>The findings could eventually lead to new ways of treating the disease, such as …

'No solid evidence' for IVF add-on success

<b>Nearly all costly add-on treatments offered by UK fertility clinics to increase the chance of a birth through IVF are not supported by high-quality evidence proving that they work, a study has revealed.</b><p>The findings are the result of research commissioned by BBC Panorama and conducted by Oxford …

Molecular Biology

“Ce n’est pas pas le germ; c’est le terrain”

Several patients, hoping to have found the magic bullet that will cure their chronic fatigue, have brought to my office an article they feel shows …

Immune System

Neuro-nutraceuticals: Further insights into their promise for brain health.

2016 May;95:1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.neuint.2016.03.016.<p>1Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY, …