• 2 Jun 2018

    For women with a family history of cancer – there’s a chance to get ahead of the disease by getting tested for the faulty BRCA gene. Many then decide to get their ovaries and fallopian tubes pre-emptively removed. Now doctors are encouraging women with the gene who are about to undergo any kind of abdominal…

  • 2 Jun 2018

    From banning sweets and chocolate from supermarkets, to stopping two-for-one deals on junk food, the Government is reportedly planning new measures to tackle child obesity. The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt could also impose a 9pm watershed on televison adverts for foods high in sugar and salt. But would any of these moves deter children from…

  • 1 Jun 2018

    It’s notorious as being one of the most difficult diseases to detect in its crucial early stages, and survival rates here are poorer than in the rest of Europe. Most types of ovarian cancer, once diagnosed, are treated with chemotherapy. But a new breakthrough drug, called niraparib, is being made available on the NHS. It…

  • 31 May 2018

    On the back of the worst winter in a decade, NHS trusts in England have reported financial deficits twice as bad as anticipated.The number of GPs planning to leave the profession has risen to two in five. And senior doctors have today warned the government that the NHS needs an extra seven billion pounds a…

  • 30 May 2018

    When most people think about cancer, they think about chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy. Now a survey by the Teenage Cancer Trust has revealed that eight out of 10 young people find the mental health impact of cancer as hard to deal with as the treatment itself. Yet half of all teenagers with cancer do not…

  • 29 May 2018

    Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston chairs the Commons health and social care committee.

  • 28 May 2018

    Police have arrested three men on suspicion of supplying class A drugs¬† after a teenage girl and a young man died at a music festival in Portsmouth. Georgia Jones, who was 18, and 20-year-old Tommy Cowan died after they were taken to hospital on Saturday night. Georgia’s mother, Janine Milburn, described her daughter as “full…

  • 27 May 2018

    Theresa May has congratulated Irish voters on their decision to liberalise abortion laws – but she’s now under pressure to reform Northern Ireland’s strict laws too, with MPs across the political spectrum calling for the “anomaly” to be resolved.

  • 26 May 2018

    Ireland votes a resounding ‘Yes’ to liberalising its strict abortion laws. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said the country was united – calling it the “culmination of a quiet revolution”.

  • 18 May 2018

    There’s an international relief effort under way to contain an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Three experts from the UK are among those being deployed, with 45 people believed to have been infected by the disease. Some 25 people have died, but the World Health Organisation has said the…

  • 16 May 2018

    The mother of a little boy who died from a rare form of childhood cancer has appealed to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to intervene in a funding row over a drug which could cure other children. Gemma Lowery, whose six-year-old son Bradley suffered from neuroblastoma, wants an antibody treatment to be made available on the…

  • 4 May 2018

    Children with a rare form of cancer will not get a new drug on the NHS. The treatment offers hope of extending life, or even curing the disease. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, or NICE, issued interim guidance today saying the drug was too expensive. Now families say they are faced with…

  • 3 May 2018

    Thousands of calls have been made to a helpline following revelations that a computer error may have led to 450,000 women in England missing out on breast screening invitations. One man has spoken out saying he believes his wife could still be alive if the issue was spotted sooner.

  • 2 May 2018

    It’s not just the big cities that suffer from air pollution – new data from the World Health Organisation has revealed that the steel town of Port Talbot is the most polluted place in the country. The WHO has a safety limit of 10 micrograms per cubic metre of fine particle emissions. In Port Talbot…

  • 2 May 2018

    Dr Jenny Harries is deputy medical director at Public Health England. She talks to Krishnan Guru-Murthy about the revelation that 450,000 women missed out on breast cancer screening tests due to NHS errors.