Adding a recording of a mother's voice to smoke alarms could save lives, according to US scientists. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found the modified alarms were more effective at waking children than conventional alarms. And they had the potential to buy vital seconds to escape a burning building. Fire chiefs welcomed the research, but said families should not worry about the alarms currently in their homes. The research team at the Nationwide Children's Ho
Two painkillers are to be reclassified as class C controlled substances amid concerns people are becoming addicted to them and misusing them. The drugs - pregabalin and gabapentin - are also used for epilepsy and anxiety. The move, announced by the Home Office, means it will now be illegal to posses the drugs without a prescription and it will be illegal to supply or sell them to others. The government acted after experts said tighter controls were needed. The Advisory Counci
Children get six to eight colds a year - twice as many as adults - but there's little evidence on what helps improve symptoms like blocked or runny noses and sneezing. So are there remedies worth trying? Pharmacies and supermarkets are full of cough and cold medicines which claim to relieve symptoms of the common cold. But there is little evidence that many of them work, according to a BMJ review of trials on over-the-counter treatments. And some, like decongestants, are not
A minister for suicide prevention has been appointed in England by the prime minister as the government hosts the first ever global mental health summit. Theresa May said the appointment of Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price to the new role will help tackle the stigma surrounding suicide. While suicide rates are falling, 4,500 people take their own lives every year. The appointment comes as ministers and officials from more than 50 countries assemble in London for the summit.
Getty Images A second British woman has died from "Brazilian butt lift" surgery, the BBC has learned, as fresh warnings come over the risks. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) said it was the most dangerous cosmetic procedure to undergo. The surgery has been made popular by celebrities. But many people are putting themselves at risk by seeking cheaper procedures abroad, Baaps warned. 'One death in 3,000' A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a cosmetic pro
Teenagers using cannabis are causing long-lasting damage to their developing brains, a Canadian study suggests. It found the impact on thinking skills, memory and behaviour was worse than that of teenage drinking. The researchers, from the University of Montreal, urged teenagers to delay their use of cannabis for as long as they felt able. The study tracked and tested 3,800 adolescents over four years, starting from around the age of 13. Drinking alcohol and taking drugs, suc
Women are being advised to check their pregnancy tests after some Clear & Simple devices gave inaccurate positive results. Manufacturer Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech is recalling more than 58,000 digital pregnancy tests that have been distributed in the UK. Women are advised to return the test devices to their pharmacy and use another testing method. The specific lot number of the affected tests is on and inside the packaging. Description - Clear and Simple Digital Pregnancy Test