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News from April 2010

27/04/2010Breakthrough could see stem cells used to repair arteries after heart attacks
Scientists have discovered a new way to harvest stem cells which they say could be used to repair arteries damaged by heart attacks. A team at the University of Bristol found that stem cells could be gathered...
26/04/2010Survival rates among premature babies have not improved, study shows
Despite improving medical techniques, the number of babies born before the 24 week limit for abortions has not improved since the early 1990s, it has been revealed. A study by doctors at Newcastle's Royal...
26/04/2010World's first full face transplant carried out
Doctors in Spain claim to have performed the world's first full face transplant. More than 30 medics at Barcelona's Vall d'Hebron University Hospital carried out the procedure, which took 24 hours to...
22/04/2010Hospitals should not be judged on death rates, experts say
Death rates are not an appropriate judge of hospital quality, it has been claimed. This is because they do not separate deaths that are preventable from those that are not, with some people being admitted to...
22/04/2010Scientist warns of swine flu return
The UK may not be "completely out of the woods yet" in the fight against swine flu, a leading scientist has claimed. Professor Robert Dingwall, from the Institute for Science and Society at the...
21/04/2010Brits unaware of 'spare tyre' danger
The British public are largely oblivious to the dangers of carrying excess fat around their midriff. A survey of over 2,000 people has found that 97 per cent are unaware that having a 'spare tyre', ie extra...
21/04/2010Scientists discover why olive oil is beneficial
Scientists in Spain have identified why consuming olive oil may help to lower your risk of heart disease. A study at the University of Cordoba has found that micronutrients in olive oil, known as phenols,...
21/04/2010Sunbeds found to be addictive for 1 in 3
Research has shown that a third of sunbed users become addicted to the machines. Those addicted are also more prone to alcohol and drug abuse, and were found to be more likely to suffer anxiety, according...
20/04/2010Aviva launches low-cost health insurance policy
Health insurance provider Aviva has launched a new low-cost policy aimed at delivering a quick diagnosis to concerned patients. Called Speedy Diagnostics, the new insurance plan offers prompt access to...
19/04/2010NHS trust under fire for drugs sale
Drugs used to treat cancer patients in the UK are now in short supply after more than £4 million worth of the medication was sold abroad by a hospital trust. The Department of Health had already deemed...
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