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Sunshine may ‘reduce arthritis risk’

Sunshine may ‘reduce arthritis risk’

4 February 2013 Last updated at 21:34 ET Living in a sunnier climate may reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, according to US researchers. Their study of more than 200,000 women, published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 1 , suggested a link between sunlight and the risk of developing the disease. Continue reading

Warning over NHS doctors’ contracts

Warning over NHS doctors’ contracts

5 February 2013 Last updated at 21:25 ET The NHS must manage its consultants better to secure improvements linked to a sharp rise in their pay a decade ago, the National Audit Office has said. Pay for senior consultants rose by a maximum of 28% after changes in 2003 designed to lift productivity and career development, the watchdog said. While there had been benefits, it said value for money could still be boosted and performance assessed more widely Continue reading

NHS cover-ups ‘should be a crime’

NHS cover-ups ‘should be a crime’

6 February 2013 Last updated at 08:08 ET By Nick Triggle Health correspondent, BBC News Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. “A story of appalling suffering”: Watch Robert Francis QC’s statement in full NHS staff should face prosecution if they are not open and honest about mistakes, according to a public inquiry into failings at Stafford Hospital. Continue reading

One in three children with MS has cognitive impairment

One in three children with MS has cognitive impairment

Feb. 5, 2013 — Data from the largest multicenter study accessing cognitive functioning in children with multiple sclerosis (MS) reveals that one-third of these patients have cognitive impairment, according to a research paper published in the Journal of Child Neurology. Led by Lauren B Continue reading

Native Americans at greater risk of suicide after alcohol intoxication

Native Americans at greater risk of suicide after alcohol intoxication

Feb. Continue reading

Tourists face health risks from contact with captive sea turtles

Tourists face health risks from contact with captive sea turtles

Feb. 5, 2013 — Tourists coming into contact with sea turtles at holiday attractions face a risk of health problems, according to research published February 5 by JRSM Short Reports . Encountering free-living sea turtles in nature is quite safe, but contact with wild-caught and captive-housed sea turtles, typically through handling turtles in confined pools or through consuming turtle products, carries the risk of exposure to toxic contaminants and to zoonotic (animal to human) pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Continue reading

Number of multiple births affected by congenital anomalies has doubled since the 1980s

Number of multiple births affected by congenital anomalies has doubled since the 1980s

Feb. 5, 2013 — The number of congenital anomalies, or birth defects arising from multiple births has almost doubled since the 1980s, suggests a new study published February 6 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology . The study investigates how the change in the proportion of multiple births has affected the prevalence of congenital anomalies from multiple births, and the relative risk of congenital anomaly in multiple versus singleton births Continue reading

Green tea and red wine extracts interrupt Alzheimer’s disease pathway in cells

Green tea and red wine extracts interrupt Alzheimer’s disease pathway in cells

Feb. 5, 2013 — Natural chemicals found in green tea and red wine may disrupt a key step of the Alzheimer’s disease pathway, according to new research from the University of Leeds Continue reading

Obesity in dads may be associated with offspring’s increased risk of disease

Obesity in dads may be associated with offspring’s increased risk of disease

Feb. 5, 2013 — A father’s obesity is one factor that may influence his children’s health and potentially raise their risk for diseases like cancer, according to new research from Duke Medicine. Continue reading

Air pollution primes children for asthma-related cockroach allergy

Air pollution primes children for asthma-related cockroach allergy

Feb. 6, 2013 — An allergic reaction to cockroaches is a major contributor to asthma in urban children, but new research suggests that the insects are just one part of a more complex story. Very early exposure to certain components of air pollution can increase the risk of developing a cockroach allergy by age 7 and children with a common mutation in a gene called GSTM may be especially vulnerable Continue reading