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  • Premature baby steroids 'may raise risk of ADHD'

    November 23, 2013 12:16 AM 10

    Steroids given to help premature babies develop may also be slightly increasing the risk of mental health disorders, say researchers. The drugs are often given to pregnant mothers at risk of a premature birth to help the baby's lungs prepare for life outside the womb. Being born too soon can lead to long-term health problems and the earlier the birth

  • Jamaica anti-doping board resigns over drug-testing crisis

    November 22, 2013 11:53 PM 55

    The Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission's (Jadco) board has resigned in the wake of a drug-testing crisis. Concerns that Jamaica's athletes have not been tested rigorously enough led to an emergency visit from the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) this month. The Caribbean island's sports minister Natalie Neita-Headley said the government "respected" the decision

  • Supermarkets ban energy drink sales to under 16s

    November 22, 2013 6:37 PM 17

    Morrisons is the first UK supermarket to ban the sale of high caffeine energy drinks to under 16s. Red Bull, Monster and Relentless are examples of the brands that would be off-limits to anyone 16 or under, as they contain more than 150mg of caffeine per litre. Morrisons will trial the ban in certain stores first with a plan to roll it out more widely

  • Iceland has the highest rate of antidepressant use in the world—by a long shot

    November 22, 2013 3:06 PM 14

    Rich, developed countries are consuming an average of 10% more antidepressants than about a decade ago, according to a report released on Nov. 21 from the OECD. The increase has a lot to do with growing awareness about depression, which in turn has made treating the illness with drugs more socially acceptable. Big spikes in a few standout countries

  • New Strategy To Help Millions

    November 22, 2013 10:15 AM 10

    For the first time the Government is to focus on its approach to rare diseases which affect more than three million Britons. A new UK strategy to help improve the diagnosis, research and treatment of rare diseases has been launched by the Government. It is estimated that around 3.5 million people in the UK will be affected by a rare disease at some point

  • UEA scientists design pioneering birth simulator

    November 22, 2013 9:36 AM 7

    Adam Gretton Health correspondent Friday, November 22, 2013 9:23 AM The technology, which has been designed by researchers at the University of East Anglia, will be presented at an international conference in Romania today. The new programme takes into account factors such as the shape of a mother’s body and the positioning

  • Brain haemorrhage treatment delays 'harming patients'

    November 22, 2013 2:15 AM 14

    Delays in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with brain haemorrhages caused by aneurysms, especially at weekends, may be harming patient care. A report says GPs are failing to recognise symptoms, and rehab support and out-of-hours hospital care is poor. The NCEPOD report is based on the confidential analysis of 427 cases of aneurysmal subarachnoid

  • Lifestyle holds key to a healthy pregnancy

    November 22, 2013 12:07 AM 18

    EXPERTS have identified the lifestyle factors that mean women are more likely to have a normal, healthy pregnancy. Measures such as eating three pieces of fruit a day and controlling blood pressure before and during pregnancy were found to cut the chances of women suffering serious complications. The researchers, writing in the British Medical Journal

  • NHS ‘overpays energy bills by £41m’

    November 21, 2013 9:14 PM 11

    The NHS wasted £41.1 million last year on excessive water and energy bills, according to research. The study published yesterday showed that a number of hospitals could have saved more than a million pounds each if they had shopped around for cheaper utility rates. In 2012/13 the NHS in England spent £630 million on gas and electricity and £80 million

  • Gut bacteria could make cancer treatments more effective, researchers find

    November 21, 2013 7:19 PM 9

    The bacteria that live in your gut could have a major say in how effective cancer treatments like chemotherapy are on your body. In two papers published today in Science, researchers say that gut bacteria was found to have a major impact on how cancer treatments perform in mice. Though bacteria's relevance to such therapies may seem unlikely, this is actually