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Are Underweight Children Getting the Treatment They Need?

A new study suggests that Doctors in the UK may be failing to notice the signs that a child is underweight and in critical condition.   The University College London asked paediatricians at 177 hospitals in England and Wales and found that a concerning amount of doctors were unable to identify underweight children and their [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 March 21st, 2013|Health research|Comments Off on Are Underweight Children Getting the Treatment They Need?

Eye test may help diagnose brain health

Research from the US has suggested that damage seen on the retina of the eye may help to indicate declining brain function. The research involved 511 women over the age of 64 for a period of ten years. Of these patients, 39 were diagnosed with retinopathy. Brain scans indicated more areas of damaged brain tissue [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 March 16th, 2012|Health research|Comments Off on Eye test may help diagnose brain health

Research warns against Vitamin E supplements

Research on mice in Japan has suggested that too much Vitamin E may be damaging to bone health. Links between Vitamin D and bone health have been well established, but the relationship between Vitamin E and bone health has been far less comprehensively researched. The latest research from Japan has suggested that large doses Vitamin [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:13+00:00 March 8th, 2012|Health research|Comments Off on Research warns against Vitamin E supplements

Campaigners call for additional 5% rise in cigarette duty

The Chancellor has indicated that cigarette duty is to rise by 2% above inflation, but campaigners are calling for a more substantial increase of 5% above inflation. Campaign groups argue that despite the rise in the cost of cigarettes, they are now more affordable than they were in the 1960s when the health impacts of [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:13+00:00 March 7th, 2012|Health research|Comments Off on Campaigners call for additional 5% rise in cigarette duty

Sleeping pills may increase risk of death

A recent US study of over 30,000 patients has indicated that the death risk of users of sleeping pills such as Temazepam may be four times higher than similar patients who do not use the drugs. However, the research still indicates that the death risk is relatively low and there is a lack of any [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:13+00:00 March 2nd, 2012|Health research|Comments Off on Sleeping pills may increase risk of death

Breakthrough in fertility research may provide unlimited human eggs

US researchers have shown that it is possible to take stem cells from adult women and produce new human eggs in the laboratory. The researchers looked for stem cells that have a specific protein called DDX4 on the surface. These cells produce eggs in the ovaries of women at a reproductive age. In laboratory conditions, [...]

By | 2012-02-29T06:57:41+00:00 February 29th, 2012|Health research|Comments Off on Breakthrough in fertility research may provide unlimited human eggs