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Slower growth of preterm infants linked to altered brain development

Slower growth of preterm infants linked to altered brain development

Jan. 16, 2013 — Preterm infants who grow more slowly as they approached what would have been their due dates also have slower development in an area of the brain called the cerebral cortex, report Canadian researchers in a new study published January 16 in Science Translational Medicine. The cerebral cortex is a two to four millimetre layer of cells that envelopes the top part of the brain and is involved in cognitive, behavioural, and motor processes. Continue reading

Cancer drug fund ‘uncertain future’

Cancer drug fund ‘uncertain future’

16 January 2013 Last updated at 02:52 ET Many cancer patients could face an uncertain future over funding for their drugs, a parliamentary report says. A government initiative increasing access to cancer drugs ends this year, but the system promised to replace it is “nebulous” and ill-defined, say MPs Continue reading

Extra heart check for over-65s

Extra heart check for over-65s

15 January 2013 Last updated at 22:26 ET A new blood pressure measuring device which can also detect a dangerous heart condition has been backed by the NHS watchdog. Continue reading

Doctors join debate over drug policy

Doctors join debate over drug policy

14 January 2013 Last updated at 23:00 ET UK drugs policy needs a stronger health focus as criminalisation is deterring users from seeking help, say doctors. Continue reading

Doctors join debate over drug policy

Doctors join debate over drug policy

14 January 2013 Last updated at 23:00 ET UK drugs policy needs a stronger health focus as criminalisation is deterring users from seeking help, say doctors. Although illicit drug use has been declining in the UK, long-term problem drug use and drug-related deaths are not decreasing, says the British Medical Association. Continue reading

Cancer claims ‘bucket list’ teen

Cancer claims ‘bucket list’ teen

13 January 2013 Last updated at 06:11 ET A Cumbrian teenager, who set up an internet “bucket list” of things she wanted to achieve, has died following a long battle with cancer. Alice Pyne, 17, from Ulverston, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 13 and published her internet wish list in 2011. Alice and her sister Milly were each awarded the British Empire Medal last year for their charity efforts Continue reading

Cancer claims ‘bucket list’ teen

Cancer claims ‘bucket list’ teen

13 January 2013 Last updated at 06:11 ET A Cumbrian teenager, who set up an internet “bucket list” of things she wanted to achieve, has died following a long battle with cancer. Continue reading

Lung infection breath test discovery

Lung infection breath test discovery

10 January 2013 Last updated at 20:41 ET Identifying the “smell” of different types of lung bacteria could lead to a simple breath test to diagnose infections, a study on mice, in the Journal of Breath Research, suggests. Breath analysis could reduce lung infection diagnosis times from weeks to minutes, the Vermont researchers said. Continue reading

Alternative arthritis care queried

Alternative arthritis care queried

8 January 2013 Last updated at 20:24 ET By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online Few complementary therapies appear to help musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis, say experts who have looked at the available trial evidence. Most alternative treatments have either not been scientifically tested or subjected to limited investigations, says Arthritis Research UK. Of 25 therapies, only a handful were judged to have enough medical evidence to support their use. Continue reading

High salt intake linked to social inequalities

High salt intake linked to social inequalities

Jan. 7, 2013 — People from low socio-economic positions in Britain eat more salt than the well off, irrespective of where they live, states a paper led by Warwick Medical School published on January 8 in the BMJ Open journal . The research was carried out by the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Nutrition , based in the Division of Mental Health & Wellbeing of Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick. Continue reading