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Charities start alcohol campaigns

Charities start alcohol campaigns

1 January 2013 Last updated at 08:31 ET Two national charities have launched different campaigns urging people to cut down on their alcohol consumption. Alcohol Concern is urging drinkers to shun alcohol for January, with benefits which it says include saving money, losing weight and feeling healthier. But the British Liver Trust said people should follow its recommendations throughout the year, including taking 2-3 days off alcohol every week. Continue reading

Call to ban cosmetic ops ‘hard sell’

Call to ban cosmetic ops ‘hard sell’

30 December 2012 Last updated at 19:01 ET Banning free consultations and giving patients more information on risks could help make cosmetic surgery safer, a public consultation has proposed. The suggestions, included in 180 responses from patients, the public and industry, are being published as part of the review set up after the PIP breast implant scandal last year. 1 A final report, by Sir Bruce Keogh the NHS Medical Director, is due in March. Continue reading

Training push for foreign doctors

Training push for foreign doctors

30 December 2012 Last updated at 06:52 ET Foreign doctors in the UK will face a more rigorous assessment, after figures showed a high proportion of doctors who are disciplined are from overseas. In the last five years, 63% of doctors either struck off or suspended by the General Medical Council (GMC) were trained outside the UK Continue reading

Training push for foreign doctors

Training push for foreign doctors

30 December 2012 Last updated at 06:52 ET Foreign doctors in the UK will face a more rigorous assessment, after figures showed a high proportion of doctors who are disciplined are from overseas. Continue reading

People with mental disorders more likely to have experienced domestic violence

People with mental disorders more likely to have experienced domestic violence

Dec. 26, 2012 — Men and women with mental health disorders, across all diagnoses, are more likely to have experienced domestic violence than the general population, according to new research from King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, in collaboration with the University of Bristol. Continue reading

Researcher seeks to use electrical stimulation to give voice to stroke patients

Researcher seeks to use electrical stimulation to give voice to stroke patients

ScienceDaily (Mar. 3, 2011) — A Virginia Tech College of Engineering researcher is seeking a new way to help those who are unable to speak to find their voice. But this isn’t “The King’s Speech,” the Academy Award-winning film about a British royal undergoing speech therapy to battle a stammer Continue reading

Young scientist helps identify cause of widespread eye disease

Young scientist helps identify cause of widespread eye disease

Dec. 21, 2012 — Branch retinal vein occlusion — blockage of the blood vessels that channel blood from the retina — is a common eye disease. A type of blood clot in the eye, the disease causes reduced vision, and people with the disease also typically have an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes and other serious conditions. Continue reading

Family meals ‘boost child veg intake’

Family meals ‘boost child veg intake’

19 December 2012 Last updated at 19:54 ET Eating meals as a family improves children’s eating habits – even if it only happens once or twice a week, UK researchers suggest. It is recommended children eat five portions of fruit and vegetables per day – about 400g. The Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health study 1 found those who always ate together achieved this – but those who only did sometimes came close. Continue reading

NHS weekend provision considered

NHS weekend provision considered

16 December 2012 Last updated at 15:48 ET A group is to be set up to examine why the NHS in England cannot provide some routine services at weekends – like day surgery – the BBC understands. The NHS Commissioning Board is due to announce the move on Tuesday, when it publishes its planning guidance for the NHS for the first time. The group will include patient representatives, health providers and people from outside the health service. Continue reading

Virus rebuilds heart’s own pacemaker

Virus rebuilds heart’s own pacemaker

16 December 2012 Last updated at 13:05 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News A new pacemaker has been built inside a heart by converting beating muscle into cells which can organise the organ’s rhythm, US researchers report. The heartbeat is controlled by electrical signals and if these go awry the consequences can be fatal. Scientists injected a genetically-modified virus into guinea pigs to turn part of their heart into a new, working pacemaker. Continue reading