News archive from 15 February 2013

Huge fall in deadly heart attacks

Heart attack deaths have halved in less than a decade, according to a major study of over 800,000 patients in England. The research has been extensively reported, with news sources suggesting a range of possible reasons, such as better treatments and...

 

Drinking after heart attack studied

“Alcohol can help heart attack victims live longer,” according to The Daily Telegraph. The newspaper said that regularly consuming two alcoholic drinks a day gave heart attack survivors “a 42% lower risk of dying from heart disease” and 14% lower risk...

 

Hand-washing tackles superbugs

A national hand hygiene campaign "cut superbug infections," according to BBC News. The BBC and other news outlets have reported the success of a hand-washing campaign in cutting infection rates in hospitals. The headlines stem from a study...

 

Homeless patients 'need more support'

The way the NHS discharges homeless patients needs to be improved, according to a new report published today. The report, compiled by the group Homeless Link and the charity St Mungo’s, has featured prominently in today’s news. The report, which was...

 

'Toxic' hip replacement fears

Many newspapers and TV stations have reported that medical regulators have launched an investigation into a type of hip replacement called a metal-on-metal (MoM) device (DePuy ASR hip replacement implant). The concern is that as the hip replacements...

 

Call to 'tax sugar like alcohol'

“Sugar is so harmful that it should be controlled and taxed in the same way as tobacco and alcohol,” according to health experts quoted in today’s Daily Express. The researchers say that sugar indirectly contributes to 35 million deaths a year...

 

Cannabis lung risks 'underestimated'

“One third of people think cannabis is harmless despite the fact that smoking it is 20 times more likely to cause cancer than tobacco,” The Daily Telegraph reported today. The Independent says that young cannabis users “do not realise the huge danger...

 

Blood vessels 'grown in lab'

British scientists may have found a way to grow “off the shelf” veins and arteries, The Daily Telegraph today reported. The newspaper said the discovery could potentially revolutionise treatment for a range of conditions. In the study behind the...

 

Hospital discharge times to be probed

Hospitals are ‘throwing patients out of hospitals’ late at night to free up beds, according to an investigation by The Times. The newspaper estimates that each year more than 400,000 patients are discharged from hospital between 11pm and 6am: many of...

 

Former MP for Stamford Lord Quentin Davies criticises Bank of England deputy governor Paul Tucker in Lords...

A FORMER MP for Stamford has criticised the deputy governor of the Bank of England, Paul Tucker, in a House of Lords debate. Lord Quentin Davies spoke about Mr Tucker during a debate on the Libor rate-fixing scandal yesterday (Tuesday). He said: “(Mr...

 

Device 'could repair nerve damage'

Tiny computer-generated implants “can help restore feeling in severely injured limbs”, according to the Daily Mail. The news is based on tests of a type of tiny scaffold designed to help nerves in the limbs reconnect after they have been damaged. The...

 

Middle-aged surgeons 'perform best'

“Middle-aged surgeons ‘are safest’”, BBC News has reported, while The Independent said: “If the surgeons [sic] young or old, put the operation on hold.” Patients are not advised to delay any operation based on this study. These headlines refer to a...

 

Errors 'in 1 in 20 prescriptions'

GPs may be regularly making mistakes when prescribing medicines, according to a high-profile report published today by the General Medical Council. The report found that mistakes in areas such as dosage and timing were common, although it also found...

 

Opioids 'key in palliative care'

Many patients with “advanced cancer and other debilitating conditions” aren’t being given strong enough pain relief, BBC News has reported. This is thought to be due to doctors being reluctant to prescribe strong opioids, such as morphine, partly as a...

 

Heart risk 'rises after bereavement'

“Losing a loved one really can break your heart,” reported the Daily Mail. Several other news sources also reported that a study suggests people are 21 times more likely to have a heart attack within a day of being bereaved. In the days that follow,...

 


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