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Survey suggests older people sleep better

A recent survey of 150,000 adults in the US has suggested that a person’s quality of sleep improves with age. The researchers asked the participants a series of questions how they felt about their quality of sleep, along with other factors such as their race, their income and education and their mood and general health. [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:13+00:00 March 5th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Survey suggests older people sleep better

Government announce rise in prescription charges

The government have confirmed that the cost of an NHS prescription in the UK is to rise by 25p from the 1st April this year. They have also indicated that the cost of dental care is going to go up. In response, the BMA have called for prescription charges to be scrapped. From the 1st [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:14+00:00 February 28th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Government announce rise in prescription charges

Release of bird flu research delayed

Bioterror fears have caused experts to delay the release of important bird flu research. Two controversial research papers have shown that the H5N1 bird flu virus could easily mutate into a form which could spread quickly and easily among the human population. The H5N1 virus currently kills about 60% of people it infects, but it [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:14+00:00 February 22nd, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Release of bird flu research delayed

HIV repelled by starving it of the building blocks needed to spread

Recent research has indicated that some immune system cells are able to repel attacks from the HIV virus by destroying their own raw materials before HIV can make use of them. A virus needs to make use of other cells in order to replicate itself but some cells such as macrophages are more resistant to [...]

By | 2012-02-16T12:05:41+00:00 February 16th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on HIV repelled by starving it of the building blocks needed to spread

Health and Social Care bill defeated in the House of Lords

The coalition government’s plans to reform the NHS have been defeated in the House of Lords. The Health and Social Care bill has attracted controversy for some time and many doctors and nursing groups, including the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Nursing, oppose the plans. The bill was one of the coalition [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:14+00:00 February 15th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Health and Social Care bill defeated in the House of Lords

Growing gap between suicide rates in Scotland, England and Wales

Recent research from Universities in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester has indicated a growing gap in male suicide between Scotland and the rest of England and Wales. The researchers looked at the suicide rates between 1960 and 2008 and found that whilst the rate of suicide was lower in Scotland in 1960, by the end of [...]

By | 2012-02-09T17:42:50+00:00 February 9th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Growing gap between suicide rates in Scotland, England and Wales

GMC issues assisted suicide guidance

The General Medical Council (GMC) has launched its first guidance designed to help decide whether doctors should face disciplinary action if they have been alleged to have encouraged or assisted in a patient’s suicide. The guidelines advise doctors to advise any patients who ask about assisted suicide that they cannot discuss it as it would [...]

By | 2012-02-08T15:04:47+00:00 February 8th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on GMC issues assisted suicide guidance

Cigarette vending machine ban

The sale of cigarettes through vending machines has been banned in England since October, but the ban is now in force in Wales and due to begin in Northern Ireland. A similar ban in Scotland is currently on hold, due to a legal challenge. People in Ireland will no longer be able to buy cigarettes [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:14+00:00 February 3rd, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Cigarette vending machine ban

Test may help identify autism before it develops

Researchers have developed a test that may help to identify autism before it fully develops. Autism tends to develop in a child around the age of 1 or 2 years old. By identifying the differences in an infant’s brainwaves at the age of 6 months, the researchers have indicated that it may be possible to [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:14+00:00 January 31st, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Test may help identify autism before it develops

Retinal implants from stem cells are safe

Research from the US indicates that retinal implants made from stem cells are safe to use in humans. The indications from the first human trial to use embryonic stem cells to treat eye diseases are that the treatment is safe. Two patients received the retinal implants and both are still doing well, four months after [...]

By | 2012-01-26T20:22:31+00:00 January 26th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Retinal implants from stem cells are safe