‘It’s not as easy as walking out the door’

Image copyright Own Image caption Gavin struggled after losing his job For four years, Gavin, 31, struggled to go further than his own doorstep, because of his weight. He first texted BBC Radio 5 live’s Afternoon Edition programme in 2016 – and we’ve spoken to him twice since. This is the story – in his […]

The dangers of smoke inhalation

Image copyright PA Image caption Firefighters tackle the wildfire on Saddleworth Moor Moorland fires continue to burn on both Lancashire’s Winter Hill and Saddleworth Moor in Greater Manchester, blanketing the region in smoke and ash. So what can local people do to protect themselves and their families from smoke inhalation? Smoke can irritate air passages, […]

NHS data breach affects 150,000 patients in England

Image copyright PA Image caption Until recently, GPs had to record whether patients wanted to prevent use of their health information for research and planning The NHS is blaming a coding error for 150,000 patients in England being involved in a data breach. Those affected had requested that their confidential health information only be used […]

Blood scandal inquiry ‘will find any cover-up’

Image copyright PA A UK-wide inquiry into a contaminated blood scandal that left at least 2,400 people dead will look at whether there was a cover-up by the authorities and if documents were destroyed. Treatments including blood transfusions infected thousands of patients with HIV and hepatitis C in the 1970s and 1980s. It has been […]

Drug gets body cells to ‘eat and destroy’ cancer

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have designed a special type of drug that helps the body eat and destroy cancerous cells. The treatment boosts the action of white blood cells, called macrophages, that the immune system uses to gobble up unwanted invaders. Tests in mice showed the therapy worked for aggressive breast and skin tumours, […]

New generation of deodorants ‘on the way’

Image copyright Getty Images Experts believe they have found a better way to tackle body odour (BO). The key, they say, is understanding how skin bacteria create the smell from virtually odourless armpit sweat. Two teams, at the Universities of York and Oxford, say they have now deciphered the first step in this molecular process. […]