Tuesday, 24 January 2017

What we can learn from the Dutch approach to bringing up kids

A British mum who lives in Amsterdam and an Asian-American are sharing their insights in a book called The Happiest Kids in the World. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Monday, 23 January 2017

Premature babies benefit from compact MRI scanner

Doctors in Sheffield are pioneering the use of a compact neonatal MRI scanner, one of only two in the world. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Injections of sex-related hormone increase arousal in the brain

A small study has found that injections of a hormone called kisspeptin can enhance the response of young men’s brains to sexual or romantic pictures of couples via New Scientist - Health Read More Here..

Trump executive order cracks down on abortion funding

The new US president signed an executive order which will prevent foreign groups receiving money. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

China birth rate up after one-child rule change

Many of the 17.86 million babies born in China last year already had an older sibling, say officials. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

'Filthy air' prompts 'very high' pollution alert for London

A "very high" pollution warning is issued for London for the first time under a new alert system. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

You are hallucinating right now to make sense of the world

Understanding what is happening in the brain during hallucinations reveals how we’re having them all the time and how they shape our perception of reality via New Scientist - Health Read More Here..

Suicidal inmate let down by prison health service

Jury found death was 'contributed to by neglect'

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Plan-based Diet and Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death - by Michael Greger, M.D. (video)

Plan-based Diet and Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death - by Michael Greger, M.D. (video), a lecture and Q&A session at Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca, NY:

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'Cancer risk' in browned toast and roast potatoes

Food Standards Agency says overcooking creates potentially dangerous acrylamides

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Dementia patients need more support at diagnosis

Survey of 1,000 patients reveals they want more information at an early stage

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Bereaved parents call for routine Strep B screening

250,000-signature petition says testing would prevent avoidable deaths and disability

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Nurse shortages 'putting patients at risk'

Survey reveals most hospitals fail to meet their own staffing targets

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Newmarket organ donor baby, Hope Lee, was UK's youngest

The parents of the UK's youngest organ donor want to meet the woman whose life their baby daughter saved. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Browned toast and potatoes are 'potential cancer risk', say food scientists

Starchy food should be cooked golden yellow to cut intake of a possible cancer-causing chemical. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Is burnt toast a health risk?

Experts say bread should be cooked to a golden yellow colour to reduce our intake of a chemical which could cause cancer. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Are potatoes now a cancer risk? Here’s what you need to know

A UK health campaign is taking aim at a substance found in starchy foods cooked at high temperatures. But what exactly is the case against acrylamide? via New Scientist - Health Read More Here..

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Bed-blocking: 'Managers ask how long patient will live'

Bed-blocking is having a huge impact on hospitals. This A&E nurse says she's asked by management how many hours she thinks dying patients will live - because they need the beds. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Friday, 20 January 2017

James Paget Hospital patient evicted after two years

A hospital patient who occupied a bed for more than years was evicted after a hospital applied for a court order. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Tiger stripes

We explore exactly what stretch marks are after model Chrissy Teigen shows hers off on Twitter. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

PIP breast implants: French court tells TUV to pay damages

German safety body TUV is told to pay hefty compensation over the PIP breast implant scandal. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Continuity of maternity care to be priority for every woman in Scotland

One of 76 proposals for national overhaul of maternity and newborn services

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We mustn’t let a superpower turn its back on rationality

Protesting the incoming Trump administration’s anti-science agenda may not be easy – but it’s vital not just for the US, but the world   via New Scientist - Health Read More Here..

Record numbers of NHS frontline staff have had flu jab this winter

Almost 62% so far, with proportion expected to rise in January and February

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Real-life psychopaths actually have below-average intelligence

They may be manipulative, dishonest and callous, but the typical psychopath is no Hannibal Lecter. In fact, they tend to get lower scores on intelligence tests via New Scientist - Health Read More Here..

More than half of AF patients symptom free after catheter ablation

But international study shows 4 out of 10 are not getting recommended comprehensive monitoring

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NI GPs urge all political parties to back future of general practice

Open letter comes as GP leaders in England raise alarm over general practice closures

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Special scan may curb need for first biopsy in 1 in 4 men with prostate cancer

mpMRI scan also better at picking up aggressive forms of the disease

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Women’s access to birth control and abortion fading under Trump

There are ways for women to take back their reproductive rights - but they might have to go to Mexico via New Scientist - Health Read More Here..

MRI scanning for prostate cancer biggest advance 'in decades'

The biggest leap in diagnosing prostate cancer "in decades" has been made using new scanning equipment, say doctors and campaigners. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Prostate cancer detection breakthrough

Dr Hashim Ahmed describes a new breakthrough in prostate cancer diagnosis via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Intimate questions

A transgender woman who offered people the chance to ask "invasive questions" on an internet forum has been overwhelmed by the response. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Short Stretches of Exercise May Have Anti-Inflammatory Effect

20 minutes on a treadmill linked to drop in immune cells tied to inflammation, study finds

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Abortion rate halves if women have to go extra 100 miles

A law that closed many abortion clinics in Texas has led to a drop in the rate of abortions. On average, the nearest clinic is now 80 kilometres further away via New Scientist - Health Read More Here..

Antidepressants in pregnancy linked to heightened risk of birth defects

Researchers urge caution on use of antidepressants in pregnancy

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Cellular recovery: How self-help could aid the damaged brain

Stem cells are already proving beneficial following a stroke, and soon we might not even need to use them, says neurobiologist Jack Price via New Scientist - Health Read More Here..

Disadvantaged women at greater risk of heart disease than men

Women in low socioeconomic groups are 25% more likely to suffer a heart attack than men

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Noisy hospitals can accelerate decline in dementia

Busy, noisy hospitals can induce delirium which can accelerate dementia-related mental decline

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Eating disorders in women more common during midlife than expected

Eating disorders do not just affect adolescents and young adults, study finds

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Robotic sleeve 'hugs' failing hearts

US scientists develop a robotic sleeve that can help hearts pump when they fail to work properly. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Sedentary lifestyle in older women 'ages body cells'

Older woman who do not exercise daily have cells biologically older than their actual age, research suggests. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Ana-Alecia Ayala, 'dancing and laughter' cancer patient, dies

Ana-Alecia Ayala, who has died from cancer, inspired millions by dancing on camera in hospital. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Alkaline swindle

Naima Houder-Mohammed believed Robert O Young, the father of the alkaline diet, could cure her. It didn't turn out as she hoped. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Access to one in five new drugs approved by NICE may be delayed

New impact threshold criteria will delay introduction of drugs costing the NHS £20m per year

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Bill Gates: Ebola crisis handling had lack of 'clarity'

Bill Gates backs vaccine project which could prevent epidemics like Ebola spreading via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Many more people could still die from mad cow disease in the UK

A man who has died of vCJD has shown that the disease can affect a second genetic subtype of people. It’s likely these people take longer to develop symptoms via New Scientist - Health Read More Here..

Virus lottery: What could be next epidemic?

Scientists have shortlisted three little-known diseases that they think could become the next global health emergency. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Inside lab where Mers vaccine made

Tulip Mazumdar visits the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford where scientists are developing vaccines for all three of the shortlisted viruses. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Vaccines for three deadly viruses fast-tracked

Scientists identify three little-known diseases which could cause the next global health emergency. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Resisting Trump: How women can protect reproductive rights

Under Trump, the right to contraception and abortion could suffer irreversible damage. But there are ways for women to keep the state from meddling with their bodies via New Scientist - Health Read More Here..