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Archive for May, 2013

Risk of cot deaths rises five times if beds are shared

Sharing a bed with a newborn increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome fivefold new research claims. The risk applies even if parents avoid tobacco, alcohol and drugs- other factors which are strongly linked to cot deaths. The BMJ Open research Bed sharing with parents increases the risk of cot death fivefold even if […]

IVF success rates may be boosted by time lapse embryo imaging

Time lapse imaging- which takes thousands of pictures of developing embryos can boost the success rate of IVF, according to British research.The article Retrospective analysis of outcomes after IVF using an aneuploidy risk model derived from time-lapse imaging without PGS was reported in Reproductive BioMedicine Online, can be used to select embryos at low risk […]

Man with no shame NHS boss to retire

The man with no shame- NHS boss Sir David Nicholson has announed that he will retire next year. Sir David has announced he will step down in March 2014 from his position as chief executive of NHS England. He has spent seven years in charge of the NHS, but in recent months has faced repeated […]

Hygiene worries at cancer centres

Inspectors have expressed worries at the standard of hygiene and cleaning at Scotland’s largest cancer centres. On a visit to the Beatson and Gartnavel General Hospitals, they found dust and debris- and were told by staff there were not always enough cleaners. Healthcare Improvement Scotland also found many patients had not been given information about […]

Organ donations rise in UK tripled in numbers

The number of living people giving one of their organs to a stranger almost tripled last year in the UK, according to new figures.The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) approved 104 so-called altruistic organ donations in 2012-13 compared with 38 the previous year. The figures include the first case of someone giving part of their liver […]

A&E must change or face collapse NHS warned

Urgent changes must be made to the way Accident and Emergencies (A&E) units are run – or the system could collapse, doctors and managers say.Both the College of Emergency Medicine and Foundation Trust Network have put forward proposals to overhaul the system. Funding and staffing have been highlighted as key issues. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt […]

Obese women restricted in NHS IVF treatments

New NHS IVF treatment rules have been drawn up in Scotland. Couples who need help conceiving will be guaranteed two free infertility treatments from 1 July, however the treatments will only be available to those under 40, and it will not be offered to women who are obese. In addition, couples need to have been […]

111 health direct helpline has been very disappointing admits ministers

The new NHS health direct non-emergency advice line had a “very disappointing start” and is still not operating properly in several parts of the country Ministers have admitted.Health officials have launched an investigation into the advice line after a number of potentially serious incidents, including three deaths, have been linked to the service. Patients have […]

NHS will collapse if elderly bed blocking continues claims health minister

The NHS will collapse without decisive action to get more elderly people out of hospitals, Norman Lamb, the health minister, has warned. Mr Lamb, the care minister, said Britain’s system of health and social care is becoming “dysfunctional” and could “buckle under the pressure” unless radical changes are made to the way it operates. He […]

Waist to height ratio better than BMI for weight test

Your waist should be no more than half the length of your height- according to experts who claim that having too large a trouser size can dramatically shorten your lifespan.Measuring the ratio of someone’s waist to their height is a better way of predicting their life expectancy than body mass index (BMI), the method widely […]