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Breast surgeon Ian Paterson case: ‘Hundreds’ of other victims

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson case: ‘Hundreds’ of other victims

Image copyright SWNS Image caption Hospital authorities have been accused of failing to protect patients from Ian Paterson Hundreds of patients will seek compensation after a breast surgeon was convicted of carrying out needless operations, solicitors have said. Ian Paterson, 59, was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent, relating to nine women […]

Cancer Drugs Fund ‘huge waste of money’

Cancer Drugs Fund ‘huge waste of money’

Image copyright Thinkstock The Cancer Drugs Fund in England was a “huge waste of money” and may have caused patients to suffer unnecessarily from the side effects of the drugs, according to UK researchers. The fund ran from 2010 to 2016, costing £1.27bn, following an election promise made by the Conservatives to pay for cancer […]

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, […]

Cancer Drugs Fund ‘huge waste of money’

Cancer Drugs Fund ‘huge waste of money’

Image copyright Thinkstock The Cancer Drugs Fund in England was a “huge waste of money” and may have caused patients to suffer unnecessarily from the side effects of the drugs, according to UK researchers. The fund ran from 2010 to 2016, costing £1.27bn, following an election promise made by the Conservatives to pay for cancer […]

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, […]

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 […]