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Postpartum haemorrhage: Cheap lifesaver ‘cuts deaths by a third’

Postpartum haemorrhage: Cheap lifesaver ‘cuts deaths by a third’

Media captionSevere bleeding after childbirth is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide A cheap drug has been shown to stop women bleeding to death, in a discovery that should change practice around the world, say researchers. Every year, 100,000 women die from massive bleeding in the moments after giving birth. But an international study, […]

Premature lambs kept alive in ‘plastic bag’ womb

Premature lambs kept alive in ‘plastic bag’ womb

Image copyright Partridge, E. A. et al. / Nature Communications Image caption The premature lambs matured and grew a wool Scientists have been able to keep premature lambs alive for weeks using an artificial womb that looks like a plastic bag. It provides everything the foetus needs to continue growing and maturing, including a nutrient-rich […]

Alcohol binge can upset heart’s rhythm, say researchers

Alcohol binge can upset heart’s rhythm, say researchers

Image copyright Getty Images Drinking lots of alcohol in a short space of time will not only get you drunk but may also upset your heart rhythm, say researchers. They did a field experiment in Germany with 3,000 adults at Munich’s famous annual Oktoberfest. The odds of heart arrhythmia increased as beer consumption went up. […]

Mental health care cuts in England ‘to total £4.5m’

Mental health care cuts in England ‘to total £4.5m’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption NHS England said in February 2016 it had identified the need to invest an additional £1bn in mental health services Mental health spending is being cut by £4.5m in five English regions this year, new figures indicate. The largest cut, of £1.9m or 3.6% , will be made in […]

Exercise ‘keeps the mind sharp’ in over-50s, study finds

Exercise ‘keeps the mind sharp’ in over-50s, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Moderate physical exercise such as cycling or jogging can help boost brain power Doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you’re over 50, research suggests. Thinking and memory skills were most improved when people exercised the heart and muscles […]

Exercise ‘keeps the mind sharp’ in over-50s, study finds

Exercise ‘keeps the mind sharp’ in over-50s, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Moderate physical exercise such as cycling or jogging can help boost brain power Doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you’re over 50, research suggests. Thinking and memory skills were most improved when people exercised the heart and muscles […]

Welsh patient waits four years to leave hospital

Welsh patient waits four years to leave hospital

Image copyright Getty Images A hospital patient has been waiting nearly four years to leave hospital after being declared fit for discharge. The unnamed patient, who has a “serious mental health condition”, learning disability and physical health problems, has been in a hospital bed for more than 1,338 days. The patient is expected to leave […]

Malaria: Kenya, Ghana and Malawi get first vaccine

Malaria: Kenya, Ghana and Malawi get first vaccine

Image copyright D Poland/PATH Image caption The vaccine has been tested extensively in more than 15,000 children The world’s first vaccine against malaria will be introduced in three countries – Ghana, Kenya and Malawi – starting in 2018. The RTS,S vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito […]

Shrewsbury trust warned over baby heart monitoring in 2007

Shrewsbury trust warned over baby heart monitoring in 2007

Image caption Abbie died aged 17 months in 2006 after being left with life-limiting injuries after her birth The trust at the centre of an investigation into a cluster of baby deaths during labour was warned a decade ago that its maternity services had to improve. In 2007, the NHS regulator told the Shrewsbury and […]

Shops agree to limit sugary drinks sales in hospitals

Shops agree to limit sugary drinks sales in hospitals

Image copyright SPL WHSmith, Marks & Spencer, Subway and Greggs have all agreed to cut the proportion of sugary drinks they sell in their hospital shops in England. NHS England has asked all retailers with hospital outlets to limit the drinks to no more than 10% of the total beverages they sell by next April. […]

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