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Targeting “super-spreaders” could stop spread of Hepatitis C

A study among injecting drug users in Greece found those who contract Hepatitis C will likely spread the disease to 20 other people - half of them within the first two years of infection. Although up to 180 million people worldwide carry the hepatitis C virus, only around one in four develop symptoms within the [...]

By | 2013-02-13T08:15:28+00:00 February 13th, 2013|Healthcare|Comments Off on Targeting “super-spreaders” could stop spread of Hepatitis C

Surgeons call for end to cosmetic procedures by the unqualified

Cosmetic surgery, such as breast augmentation and face lifts should only be carried out by qualified surgeons, according to new guidelines published byThe Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS). The new guide, titled Professional Standards for Cosmetic Practice, also suggests non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as Botox should only be carried out by trained doctors, dentists [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 February 1st, 2013|Healthcare|Comments Off on Surgeons call for end to cosmetic procedures by the unqualified

Researchers in Scotland find potential for new male contraceptive

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have identified a gene involved in the production of healthy sperm which may be a potential target for a male contraceptive pill. By altering the genetic code in mice, the researchers were able to identify a gene called Katnal1, which caused the mice to become infertile once it had [...]

By | 2012-07-17T19:42:24+00:00 July 17th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Researchers in Scotland find potential for new male contraceptive

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

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

Full face transplant success in America

A man in the USA has been given a full face transplant after suffering a gun accident 15 years ago. The US military paid for his treatment in the hope that techniques learned will assist soldiers who are injured and disfigured in combat. Now aged 37, Richard Lee Norris suffered massive disfiguration and lived a [...]

By | 2012-03-30T06:37:12+00:00 March 30th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Full face transplant success in America

Deaths from liver disease at record high

Figures from the NHS have revealed that over the last ten years, the number of deaths related to liver disease have risen by 25% and are now at a record high. The numbers of people who died from liver disease in 2001 was 9,231. This rose to 11,575 by 2009. Experts indicate that the leading [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 March 25th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Deaths from liver disease at record high