News archive from 16 February 2013

GLOBAL MARKETS-European shares ease on growth, euro zone woes

* Investors eye Spain's new austerity measures By Richard Hubbard LONDON, July 11 (Reuters) - European shares fell on Wednesday after profit warnings from U.S. companies compounded fears the sluggish global economy will erode earnings, while...

 

Knee implants: more evidence needed?

The effectiveness of knee replacement surgery was in the news today, when the BBC and Independent reported that more evidence was needed on the long-term safety of knee implants. The news, which follows recent reports on the safety of PIP breast...

 

Weekend hospital mortality warning

A new study has found that “patients are more likely to die in hospital if they are admitted at the weekend”, according to BBC News. The broadcaster said the research backs up previous studies suggesting patients admitted to hospital at the weekend...

 

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...

 

No cancer rise in hip implant patients

“There is no evidence that metal-on-metal hip replacements increase the risk of cancer,” the BBC reported today. The story is based on a study that found that patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements did not have a higher risk than the general...

 

X-ray 'brain tumour risk' uncertain

Regular dental X-rays “can double or even triple the chance of developing a common type of brain tumour,” according to The Daily Telegraph. This news is based on a large US study comparing the dental histories of people who had a brain tumour known as...

 

'Electric shock' therapy explained?

Scientists have discovered how electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) works in people with severe depression, The Independent today reported. During ECT, patients are anaesthetised and given a controlled electric current through the brain. But although ECT...

 

Photo smoking warnings studied

“Graphic warning labels on cigarette packs work better” than written warnings, the BBC reported. The broadcaster said researchers have found that graphic images of health problems are more effective than written warnings when placed on cigarette...

 

Mixed results for mobile stroke treatment

Treating stroke patients in specialised ambulances en route to hospital could boost the number of patients who receive life-saving therapy, BBC News has today reported. The news is based on a small but well-conducted study looking at whether the time...

 

1 in 5 men 'has heart risk gene'

“Men can inherit heart disease from their father,” BBC News has reported. The broadcaster said that a specific version of the Y chromosome, a genetic structure passed from father to son, can raise a man’s heart disease risk by 50%. This story is based...

 

Does aspirin fight cancer?

“Taking a low dose of aspirin every day can prevent and possibly even treat cancer,” BBC News today reported. The painkiller is already taken by thousands to cut their risk of heart attacks and strokes, but new, widely reported research has suggested...

 

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...

 

New research supports smear testing

Women diagnosed with cervical cancer through a smear test “have a far better chance of being cured than women who do not go for tests,” BBC News has today reported. The news is based on Swedish research that looked at 1,230 women diagnosed with...

 

Pain 'is good for heart attacks'

“Stop being a wimp! Pain IS good for you,” reports the Daily Mail today. The paper goes on to say that pain plays “a crucial role in keeping us alive”. The coverage is based on the results of a study performed in mice, with some preliminary...

 

'Poorer health for babies born early'

“Babies born just a few weeks early have a higher risk of poor health,” The Guardian reported today. According to the newspaper, new research has found that being born just a few weeks early can raise their risk of conditions such as asthma. It is...

 


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