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Scientists identify potential mutations for bird flu

Researchers have identified five possible ways in which the H5N1 bird flu virus could mutate and lead to a deadly pandemic. Bird flu has caused the deaths of millions of birds and is deadly to humans. At present it can only be spread to humans by close contact with infected birds and as such only [...]

By | 2012-07-03T04:03:17+00:00 July 3rd, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Scientists identify potential mutations for bird flu

A&E waiting times on the rise

The King’s Fund report has revealed that waiting times in A&E departments have started rising at a steep rate and have reached their highest level in seven years. The government targets for indicate that no more than 5% of patients should wait more than 4hours in an A&E department before being seen by a doctor. [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 June 3rd, 2012|NHS|Comments Off on A&E waiting times on the rise

Gardeners warned of Legionella in compost

Doctors have been urged to be on alert for cases of Legionella lonbeachae after a small number of cases have been linked to compost. Legionella longbeache causes patients to suffer from headaches, diarrhoea, dry coughs and pneumonia and most recover after a treatment of antibiotics. It is not usually found in the UK, but a [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 May 30th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Gardeners warned of Legionella in compost

Warfarin and Aspirin equally effective in heart failure patients

Research from the US has suggested that Aspirin may be as effective as the more costly Warfarin drug in treating heart failure patients who have a normal heart rhythm. Heart failure affects nearly 1 million people in the UK. It is caused when the heart struggles to efficiently pump blood around the body, increasing the [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 May 6th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Warfarin and Aspirin equally effective in heart failure patients

Asthma figures suggest one in three at risk of fatal attack

Figures from Asthma UK suggest that one in three asthmatics are at risk of suffering a fatal attack. Nearly 25,000 people took an online test launched by Asthma UK. The test included a number of questions to help asthmatics gauge how serious their condition is. Out of the respondents, 55% did not think that they [...]

By | 2012-05-05T10:16:54+00:00 May 5th, 2012|Asthma|Comments Off on Asthma figures suggest one in three at risk of fatal attack

Daily Asprin reduces bowel cancer death risk

A recent study has suggested that a daily dose of Asprin can help to reduce the risk of a patient dying from bowel cancer. The study involved 4,500 bowel cancer patients who were taking a daily dose of up to 80mg Asprin. The results showed that the risk of dying from bowel cancer was reduced [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 May 3rd, 2012|Cancer Care|Comments Off on Daily Asprin reduces bowel cancer death risk

Breast enhancement jab to be banned

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons have welcomed the decision to ban a controversial breast enhancement injection. The filler injection Macrolane, manufactured by Q-Med, became known as a 'lunchtime boob job'. As many as 1 in 4 members of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons noticed that the injection caused complications, such as [...]

By | 2012-04-23T10:51:26+00:00 April 23rd, 2012|Cancer Care|Comments Off on Breast enhancement jab to be banned

Alcohol policy could increase counterfeit alcohol

The Local Government Association (LGA) warn that placing a minimum price on alcohol could potentially lead to an increase in counterfeit alcohol. The proposal to introduce a minimum price of 40p per unit of alcohol is part of the government’s alcohol strategy. The strategy hopes to encourage responsible drinking and a minimum price is hoped [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 April 20th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Alcohol policy could increase counterfeit alcohol

People underestimate sugar content of soft drinks

Recent research from Glasgow University has indicated that many people underestimate the sugar content of soft drinks that are often considered healthy. The researchers surveyed 2,000 people in the UK about their weekly drinking habits and asked the participants to estimate how many teaspoons of sugar was in a variety of soft drinks. On average, [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 April 19th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on People underestimate sugar content of soft drinks

Cigarette packaging consultation begins

The health secretary Andrew Lansley is considering legislation that would prevent tobacco companies from branding cigarette packets. A ban on branded boxes could help to disassociate smoking from particular brands, making it a less desirable habit, and discouraging young people from starting. The government will begin a consultation this week to find out if plain [...]

By | 2012-04-17T07:15:18+00:00 April 17th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Cigarette packaging consultation begins