Bottle feeding is a woman’s right, midwives told

Image copyright Science Photo Library If a woman decides not to breastfeed her baby it is her choice and must be respected, midwives are being told. The Royal College of Midwives’ new position statement makes it explicitly clear that women should be supported if, after being given advice, information and support, they opt to bottle […]

Public Health Agency recalls 150 women for cancer test

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Patients have been reassured that this is a precautionary recall One hundred and fifty women in Northern Ireland are being recalled to have their cervical smear test redone. It follows the discovery that the procedure had not been carried out properly. The women belong to two different GP […]

‘Why my daughter wants a hysterectomy at 15’

Elizabeth* struggled with suicidal thoughts from the day she got her period. She finally got relief after a hysterectomy at 42. She and her daughter Grace*, 15, have the same severe form of premenstrual syndrome. Here, they explain why they are desperate for a treatment to save Grace from a lifetime of hormonal hell. At […]

Could your medications be making you depressed?

Image copyright Getty Images When you hear of a drug having side-effects you might think of a physical reaction like a rash or a headache. But according to a new US study, many commonly-prescribed drugs may increase the risk of depression. The list includes heart medications, birth control pills and some painkillers – things lots […]

Exercise vs. Standing? You Probably Need to Do Both

Exercise alone is probably not enough for us to achieve and maintain good health. We must also try to sit less, according to a fascinating new study of the separate physiological effects that exercise and light, almost-incidental activities, such as standing up, can have on our bodies. By now, we all know that regular exercise […]

Common Drugs May Be Contributing to Depression

The use of medications that have suicidal symptoms as potential side effects also increased, to 23.5 percent of the population in 2013-14, up from 17.3 percent in 2005. Among patients using one drug that could cause depression as a side effect but who were not taking an antidepressant drug, 6.9 percent had depression, while the […]

Cannabis oil row: Epileptic boy has supply returned

Image copyright PA Image caption Billy Caldwell, 12, has used cannabis oil since 2016 A severely epileptic boy has been given back medicinal cannabis oil that was confiscated from his mother at customs, the home secretary has said. Billy Caldwell, 12, received the oil after doctors made clear it was a “medical emergency”, Sajid Javid […]