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News from January 2012

31/01/2012Prostate cancer discovered in 2,200 year old mummy
Prostate cancer has been discovered in the body of a 2,200 year old mummy, indicating that the disease was caused by genetics, not the environment. Researchers studied the unnamed Ptolemaic mummy, which is...
31/01/2012Number of patients dying with bedsores rises by over 50 per cent
New statistics show that the number of people dying with bedsores or infected wounds has risen by over 50 per cent over the past decade. Bedsores, or pressure ulcers, are a type of injury that affect areas...
30/01/2012Patients with metal hip implants at risk of poisoning
Metal hip implants in more than 30,000 patients are being investigated amid fears that they could be poisoning them. In 2010, two hip implants made by company DePuy were withdrawn under concerns about their...
30/01/2012Black leaf tea lowers high blood pressure and cuts risk of heart disease
A new study shows that drinking 8 cups of tea a day lowers high blood pressure and cuts the risk of heart disease. The health benefits of green tea are already widely known- its high level of antioxidants...
30/01/2012Cancelled operations rise by a fifth in NHS hospitals
New statistics show that the number of cancelled urgent operations in the NHS has risen by a fifth over the last year. According to official data from the Department of Health, in December 2011 there were 389...
27/01/2012300 NHS staff will lose their job over new 111 number, warns RCN
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned that up to 300 frontline staff at NHS Direct could lose their job with the introduction of the new 111 number for non-emergency services. The new 111 number will...
27/01/2012Oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infection more common in men than in women
The oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is more common in men than in women a new study shows, and sexual activity increases the risk of developing the infection. Researchers from Ohio State University...
26/01/2012Top 10 weird and wonderful medical breakthroughs of 2011
2011 was an exciting time for the medical industry, with thousands of scientific breakthroughs bringing hope to patients and health experts across the world. Here, we give you our top 10 weird and wonderful...
26/01/2012Vitamin D deficiency found in cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
According to the BBC, two senior paediatric pathologists have discovered vitamin D deficiency in a significant number of children who have died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Dr Irene Scheimberg and Dr...
26/01/2012Heart attack deaths halve thanks to healthier lifestyle choices
A new study has shown that heart attack deaths have halved over the past decade, thanks to people leading healthier lives and the availability of better treatment. Researchers at Oxford University...
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