Self-lubricating condom designed to reduce infections

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have found a way to make self-lubricating latex condoms that become slippery on contact. It is thanks to a special, durable coating that should last throughout intercourse, says the team, backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They hope it will make condoms more appealing to use […]

The Man Who Pioneered Food Safety

Harvey Washington Wiley was born in a log cabin on April 16, 1844, a fitting entrance for an American hero. His father was a farmer and a lay preacher in southern Indiana who sheltered escaped slaves as part of the Underground Railroad. Wiley served briefly in the Civil War, studied medicine in Indiana and chemistry […]

‘Concerns’ raised about jailed surgeon Sudip Sarker

Image copyright Other Image caption Sudip Sarker was jailed in February A surgeon jailed for lying about his qualifications had been cleared to work as a consultant despite “damning statements” from colleagues, an inquest has heard. Sudip Sarker is serving six years for fraud over his role at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. An inquest […]

Winter deaths in Scotland at highest level in 18 years

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people who died in Scotland last winter hit a 18-year high, new statistics have revealed. There were 23,137 deaths between December 2017 and March 2018, according to the National Records of Scotland – the highest figure since 1999/2000. It also revealed that the seasonal increase in mortality – […]

Bill Turnbull: Cancer chemo treatment was ‘unbearable’

Image copyright Radio Times Bill Turnbull has described dealing with cancer every day as “relentlessly boring” and admitted he asked doctors to stop his “unbearable” chemotherapy. The former BBC Breakfast anchor, who’s now a presenter on Classic FM, said: “I just couldn’t bear it any longer.” After that round of chemo in July – his […]