News archive from 18 February 2013

Classic cars at Little Horwood fete attract the crowds

Classic cars at Little Horwood fete attract the crowds

Chrome polished to a mirror finish could be seen outside The Shoulder of Mutton in Little Horwood last weekend for the village's annual fete and classic car show. The event raised a record-breaking £4,000 for church maintenance funds and included...

 

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...

 
Sites in Lancashire borough to be shut in bid to prevent illegal camps

Sites in Lancashire borough to be shut in bid to prevent illegal camps

A review of "vulnerable sites" across part of Lancashire is to be undertaken by town hall bosses - because of the rising cost of evicting travellers from them. Since the start of 2012, Wyre Council’s community safety team has dealt with 11...

 

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...

 

Home births 'are cost-effective'

“Planned births at home and in midwifery units are more cost-effective than giving birth in hospital,” BBC News has today reported. The news is based on a large study that examined the costs and safety of births in various planned settings, including...

 

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...

 

Can noisy traffic cause heart attacks?

“Living near loud traffic increases your risk of having a heart attack,” the Daily Mail today reported. The Mail added that the link “could be due to noise causing stress and sleep disturbances”. However, donning earplugs at night isn’t necessarily...

 

'Spray-on-skin' treatment for leg ulcers

“Spray on skin to help leg ulcers,” The Daily Telegraph headlines, reporting that scientists have developed a skin spray consisting of a “soup of skin cells and proteins” that can be used to treat venous leg ulcers. This clinical trial investigated...

 

'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...

 

'Depression blood test' still experimental

Today the Metro has boldly claimed that a “blood test diagnoses depressed teenagers”, while the Daily Mail says that a new blood test “is first to diagnose depression in teenagers”. Currently, depression is diagnosed by a doctor using validated...

 

Heart attack signs vary by sex

“Heart attack symptoms differ in women,” BBC News has today reported. The broadcaster says that women having a heart attack are less likely to experience chest pain, compared with men. A heart attack can cause a range of different symptoms, from...

 

Two apples a day 'keeps heart doctor away'

‘Just two apples a day could cut risk of heart disease by cutting cholesterol levels’, the Daily Mail tells us. The news follows a trial in which post-menopausal women who ate either dried apples or prunes (dried plums) every day for a year had their...

 

'Bionic eye' implant restores sight

BBC News today reported that “two blind British men have had electronic retinas fitted”. Chris James, 54, and Robin Millar, 60, took part in a clinical trial coordinated by Oxford University and funded by the National Institute of Health Research....

 

Stem cells tested for heart attack repair

Scientists are a step closer to harnessing a technique that “literally mends broken hearts”, according to the Daily Express. The newspaper says that the simple procedure “uses patients’ own cells to regrow muscle damaged by a heart attack”. This story...

 

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...

 


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