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25/01/2012Olive and sunflower oil do not increase heart disease risk
Researchers say that eating fried food will not increase your risk of heart disease, as long as you use olive oil or sunflower oil. A study, published in the British Medical Journal, looked at the association...
25/01/2012Sink taps harboured deadly pseudomonas infection in neo-natal unit
It has emerged that sink taps were the source of the pseudomonas outbreak which killed 3 babies at a Belfast NHS hospital. Pseudomonas is a bacterium that can cause infection in the chest, blood and urine. It...
25/01/2012NHS hospitals writing off 90 per cent of debt owed by foreign patients
An investigation by the BBC has revealed that London hospitals are writing off 90 per cent of debt owed by foreign patients who are not entitled to free NHS care. NHS care is free to everyone who needs...
24/01/2012Bupa reveals that 29 per cent of UK women have never had a health screening
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, but almost a third of women in the UK say they have never been for any type of screening, including cervical smear tests. Around 2,900 women in the UK are...
24/01/2012A quarter of children under 5 in the UK are deficient in vitamin D
After we reported that vitamin D prevents depression in children , research now reveals that a quarter of all toddlers in the UK are lacking in the essential vitamin. Vitamin D supplements are recommended...
24/01/2012Women experience more pain than men, say scientists from Stanford University
Scientists claim that across a range of conditions, female patients experience more pain than men. It has long been known that certain pain-related conditions, like fibromyalgia, migraine and irritable bowel...
24/01/2012Stem cell technology improves eyesight of officially blind patients
Scientists have used stem cell technology to improve the eyesight of two women who were deemed officially blind. Both women, who suffer from different forms of macular degeneration, had their eyes injected...
23/01/2012Lung emergencies reach a 10 year high in Wales according to NHS
New figures show that lung emergencies are at a 10 year high in Wales due to smoking popularity 20 years ago. In 2010- 11, 46,218 people were admitted to Welsh hospitals as emergency cases with lung...
23/01/2012British company seeks FDA approval for marijuana based cancer drug
A British pharmaceutical company is in advanced clinical trials to develop the world’s first prescription drug developed from the key ingredients of marijuana. Possessing marijuana is illegal in the UK, but...
23/01/2012Dehydration and malnutrition caused over 1,000 hospital deaths in 2010
Latest figures show that over 1,000 deaths in hospital in 2010 were linked to or directly caused by dehydration and malnutrition. Data from the Office for National Statistics shows a total of 1,316 patients...
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