How to make labour wards safer

How to make labour wards safer

Failure to monitor properly baby heart rates during labour is one reason why some newborns are dying on UK maternity wards, an investigation has found. The Each Baby Counts inquiry, by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, looked at more than 700 recent neonatal deaths and injuries. It says three in every four of the babies may have had a different outcome had they received different care. The detailed report outlines how to prevent…

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Older fathers have 'geekier sons'

Older fathers have 'geekier sons'

Men who delay starting a family are more likely to have “geekier” sons, a study suggests. They were brighter, more focused and less bothered about fitting in – according to the “Geek Index” devised by King’s College London. The mother’s age had no impact, and daughters seemed to be immune. One scientist said a trend for delayed parenthood might mean we were heading towards a “society of geniuses” able to solve the world’s problems. The…

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Cholesterol-lowering jab to help prevent heart disease

Cholesterol-lowering jab to help prevent heart disease

Human trials of a cholesterol-lowering vaccine to help prevent heart disease are under way after successful studies in mice. Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna are testing the safety of their experimental treatment in 72 volunteers. The jab is designed to stop fatty deposits from clogging the arteries. It would offer patients an alternative to taking daily pills to cut their risk of stroke, angina and heart attacks. Booster jab It will take years…

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Sugary cereals named and shamed by Liverpool health bosses

Sugary cereals named and shamed by Liverpool health bosses

Health officials have named and shamed what they say are the most sugary breakfast cereals. Some, including Kellogg’s Frosties and Coco Pops, contain three-and-a-half sugar cubes or more per 40g serving, Public Health Liverpool (PHL) found. A seven to 10-year-old’s recommended maximum daily allowance is six cubes. Kellogg’s said it had recently reduced sugar in Coco Pops by 14% and added the recommended portion size for its cereals was 30g. How much sugar is hiding…

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Prostate cancer blood test 'helps target treatment'

Prostate cancer blood test 'helps target treatment'

Scientists have developed a blood test that could pick out which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from a new drug treatment. The test detects cancer DNA in the blood, helping doctors check whether precision drugs are working. Cancer Research UK said the test could “greatly improve survival”. But larger studies involving more men needed to take place to confirm if doctors could rely on the test, the charity said. Blood samples from 49…

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Coconut oil 'as unhealthy as beef fat and butter'

Coconut oil 'as unhealthy as beef fat and butter'

Coconut oil is as unhealthy as beef dripping and butter, say US heart experts. It is packed with saturated fat which can raise “bad” cholesterol, says the American Heart Association in updated advice. Coconut oil is commonly sold as a health food and some claim the fat in it may be better for us than other saturated fats. The AHA, however, says there are no good studies to support this. The health benefits of coconut…

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London fire: Some victims will be kept unconscious for days

London fire: Some victims will be kept unconscious for days

Hospital doctors are keeping some casualties from the Grenfell Tower fire unconscious for several days to allow them to recover from the effects of smoke inhalation. Doctors are currently treating 24 casualties in four hospitals: 12 are in a critical condition. All are said to be suffering from damage to the throat, lungs and airways caused by breathing in smoke. This is the major priority for doctors, rather than external burns. In fact, the BBC…

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NHS cyber-attack was 'launched from North Korea'

NHS cyber-attack was 'launched from North Korea'

British security officials believe that hackers in North Korea were behind the cyber-attack that crippled parts of the NHS and other organisations around the world last month, the BBC has learned. Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) led the international investigation. Security sources have told the BBC that the NCSC believes that a hacking group known as Lazarus launched the attack. The US Computer Emergency Response Team has also warned about Lazarus. The same group…

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