NHS screening
There needs to be easier access to NHS screening programmes in England, including evening and weekend clinics, to increase uptake, a review says. The report by Prof Sir Mike Richards also called for tests to be offered in a wider variety of locations, including...
Psychiatrist
Plans to transform mental health services in England will fail if the rise in unfilled NHS psychiatrist posts continues, the profession is warning. One in 10 consultant posts - 568 out of 5,730 - is vacant, up from one in 20 in 2013, a...
The Placenta
Particles of black carbon - or soot - can cross the placenta, a study has found. The Nature Communications research is the first direct evidence the particles can get into the part of the placenta that feeds the developing fetus. It...
Diabetes
The number of new cases of type 2 diabetes could be stabilising, or even falling, a study suggests. The analysis looked at 47 studies from the mid-1960s up to 2014, mainly from the US and Canada and countries across Europe including the UK.
Hookah Smoking
In recent decades, smoking tobacco through a water pipe, or hookah, has gained popularity worldwide, including in the U.S. – especially among young adults. Research finds that around one in five college students in the U.S. has smoked a water pipe, and its use is growing among...
Measles Vaccine
Measles has returned to four European nations previously seen as free of the illness, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The disease is no longer considered eradicated in Albania, the Czech Republic, Greece and the UK. "We are backsliding, we...
Mosquito Diseases
Few of us will forget the Zika virus epidemic of 2016, which resulted in hundreds of infants being born with birth defects after their mothers were infected during pregnancy. During that time, pregnant women were warned against traveling to areas that had active Zika...
Blood Test
While death is inevitable, knowing when it will come isn’t necessarily, and scientists have been trying to develop a test that could reliably and easily predict how long a person will live —  The latest effort is described in a new paper published in...
Matcha Tea
Used for centuries as part of Japanese tea ceremonies, matcha tea is having a moment thanks to its vibrant, Instagrammable color and its host of health benefits. (In fact, more research seems to be released every month about the health benefits of matcha tea.)...
Alzheimer Risk
Scientists say they may have discovered why more women than men have Alzheimer's disease and dementia. It has always been thought that women living longer than men was the reason. But new research presented at an international conference suggests this may...