Articles written by: Tim Evans

Healthcare: When left-right awareness is crucial

Healthcare: When left-right awareness is crucial

Do you ever struggle to tell your left from your right, maybe when driving or giving directions? If so, you‘re not alone as evidence suggests a significant proportion of the population has difficulties. Usually, it‘s not a big thing. But, in medicine, adverse events caused by left-right issues can have […]

Bowel cancer: Self-testing kit ‘saved my life‘

Bowel cancer: Self-testing kit ‘saved my life‘

A mother-of-three says a self-testing kit for bowel cancer saved her life. Wendy Lyons, lives in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, a county leading the way in the use of Faecal Immunochemical Tests or FIT. The kit can tell doctors whether a more expensive and uncomfortable colonoscopy is needed. Hospital bosses hope they […]

Chemsex: Brits more likely to combine drugs with sex, survey finds

Chemsex: Brits more likely to combine drugs with sex, survey finds

People in the UK are more likely to combine drugs with sex than those in the US, Canada, Australia or Europe, according to a survey. It found Brits, younger people and those on higher incomes were more likely to have chemsex. More than 22,000 people took part in the Global […]

Nebraska grandmother acts as surrogate for gay son

Nebraska grandmother acts as surrogate for gay son

A 61-year-old Nebraskan woman has told of her joy after giving birth to her own grandchild, acting as the surrogate for her son and his husband. Cecile Eledge carried the daughter of her son Matthew Eledge and his husband Elliot Dougherty to term, giving birth to baby Uma Louise last […]

‘Unbelievable‘ failings in Claire Greaves hospital death

‘Unbelievable‘ failings in Claire Greaves hospital death

The parents of a woman who took her own life at a mental health hospital say failings in her care were “unbelievable”. Claire Greaves, 25, from Pontypool, was a patient at Cygnet Hospital, Coventry. An inquest jury found care failings contributed to her death in February 2018 and reached an […]

Sexism, bullying and the NHS

Sexism, bullying and the NHS

Bullying, sexism, aggression and rudeness are commonplace among the medical profession, doctors say. In two separate developments, two GPs and the doctors‘ regulator have spoken out about their concerns. GPs Dr Zoe Norris and Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer described how women doctors had been belittled and sexually harassed at British Medical […]

‘She was so desperate, she swallowed a toothbrush‘

‘She was so desperate, she swallowed a toothbrush‘

“She is so desperate to end it all, she currently has a toothbrush inside her.” Jane Haines is talking about her daughter, Ayla, who has been in secure units for people with learning difficulties for seven years. A government programme to move people out of these units after an abuse […]

Vaginal mesh ban can be lifted with changes, NICE says

Vaginal mesh ban can be lifted with changes, NICE says

Controversial vaginal mesh implants can be offered again on the NHS in England once certain conditions are met, health watchdog NICE has said. Some women have been left unable to walk, work or have sex after having the implants, which are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence. Use […]

Five-minute ‘needle‘ nose job?

Five-minute ‘needle‘ nose job?

A speedy ‘non-surgical‘ nose job that takes just minutes may be possible using tiny needles and an electric current, US researchers believe. Bendy cartilage structures – like ears and the tip of the nose – can be remodelled with electromechanical reshaping (EMR), they claim. It would be done under local […]

NHS to offer mums-to-be new blood test for pre-eclampsia

NHS to offer mums-to-be new blood test for pre-eclampsia

Pregnant women in England will be able to get a new type of blood test to check for the potentially life-threatening condition pre-eclampsia. NHS England is making PLGF testing more widely available as evidence suggests it speeds up diagnosis which could save lives. Mums-to-be who develop pre-eclampsia have dangerously high […]