Monday, 24 April 2017

Health

04/24/2017 - 02:34

It is a sunny Saturday afternoon and sausages are sizzling on the barbecue, wine is flowing and children shuttle between the swings and a plate of cupcakes.

This gathering in Nottingham looks like any group of friends, but the adults have one thing in common - they have all been widowed.

 

04/24/2017 - 02:31

The world's first vaccine against malaria will be introduced in three countries - Ghana, Kenya and Malawi - starting in 2018. The RTS,S vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito bites.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the jab had the potential to save tens of thousands of lives.

But it is not yet clear if it will be feasible to use in the poorest parts of the world.

04/22/2017 - 01:36

Hundreds of lives could be saved if patients with hip fractures were operated on in under 24 hours, a new study reveals. Researchers in Bristol found 8% more patients died after 30 days if they were operated on between 24 and 36 hours after admission to hospital.

The delay is thought to have caused 670 excess deaths in four years.

04/17/2017 - 00:58

Toddlers who spend time playing on smartphones and tablets seem to get slightly less sleep than those who do not, say researchers.

The study in Scientific Reports suggests every hour spent using a touchscreen each day was linked to 15 minutes less sleep.

04/15/2017 - 23:25

Bandages which can detect how a wound is healing and send messages back to doctors could be trialled within the next 12 months, scientists have said.

The bandages would use real-time 5G technology to monitor what treatment is needed and also keep track of a patient's activity levels.

The work is being led by Swansea University's Institute of Life Science.

04/12/2017 - 23:25

Diets which cut out dairy food could be a "ticking time bomb" for young people's bone health, a charity is warning.

A National Osteoporosis Society survey found a fifth of under-25s are cutting out or reducing dairy in their diet.

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