Doctors urged to stop 'over-treating'

May 12, 2015 9:46 pm0 comments
Doctors urged to stop 'over-treating'

Doctors urged to stop ‘over-treating’ By Smitha Mundasad Health reporter, BBC News 13 May 2015 From the section Health Doctors’ leaders have launched a major campaign to stop medics “over-treating” their patients in ways that do not help and could even harm them. Writing in the British Medical Journal, they […]

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Human genes 'change with seasons'

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Human genes 'change with seasons'

Seasons affect ‘how genes and immune system work’ By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online 12 May 2015 From the section Health The seasons appear to have a profound effect on how human genes work, according to scientists. This may explain why some illnesses are aggravated in the winter, […]

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UK 'needs to get tougher on alcohol'

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UK 'needs to get tougher on alcohol'

UK needs to get tougher on alcohol – OECD By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 12 May 2015 From the section UK Politics Tougher measures are needed to tackle high rates of alcohol consumption in the UK, international experts say. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development review of the 34 […]

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NHS Scotland 'needs former nurses'

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NHS Scotland 'needs former nurses'

NHS in Scotland ‘needs former nurses to fill shift gaps’ By Eleanor Bradford BBC Scotland Health Correspondent 12 May 2015 From the section Scotland Scotland’s biggest nursing agency has warned there are not enough qualified nurses in Scotland to fill rota gaps. ScotNursing says it is only able to fill […]

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Strokes 'rising among younger people'

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Strokes 'rising among younger people'

Strokes rising among people of working age, warns charity By Smitha Mundasad Health reporter 12 May 2015 From the section Health There has been a worrying rise in the number of working-age men and women having strokes, a charity has warned. In England in 2014 there were 6,221 hospital admissions […]

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Children age 10 'smoke before exams'

May 10, 2015 5:38 pm0 comments
Children age 10 'smoke before exams'

Children as young as 10 ‘smoke before exams’, survey suggests 11 May 2015 From the section Education & Family Children as young as 10 are smoking cigarettes, eating junk food and drinking energy drinks for breakfast before sitting exams, a study says. A survey of more than 1,000 children who […]

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Echo-location 'needs two good ears'

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Echo-location 'needs two good ears'

Locating objects using echoes ‘needs two good ears’ 10 May 2015 From the section Health Good hearing in both ears is needed to locate objects using echoes, as bats and dolphins do Locating objects by listening to echoes is an important skill for both blind and sighted people, says University […]

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Malaria 'viral' vaccine early promise

May 9, 2015 7:34 am0 comments
Malaria 'viral' vaccine early promise

Malaria ‘viral’ vaccine shows promising early results 8 May 2015 From the section Health The Plasmodium falciparum parasite is the most deadly of all malaria parasites A trial of a malaria vaccine that targets the most dangerous variety of parasite that causes the disease has shown some positive early results. […]

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Ebola 'lives on in eye of survivor'

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Ebola 'lives on in eye of survivor'

Ebola ‘lives on in eye of US survivor’ By Smitha Mundasad Health reporter, BBC News 8 May 2015 From the section Health The Ebola virus has been detected in the eye of a US doctor who had already recovered from the illness. The medic, who caught the bug while working […]

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Disease-naming advice issued by WHO

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Disease-naming advice issued by WHO

WHO issues disease-naming advice to avoid offence 9 May 2015 From the section Health New human diseases should be given socially acceptable names which do not offend people and countries or mention animals, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. It has produced advice for scientists and the media on […]

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