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Smokers in ‘mass quit’ attempt

Smokers in ‘mass quit’ attempt

1 October 2012 Last updated at 07:22 ET Smokers are being asked to give up smoking for 28 days from 1 October in the first mass quit attempt. Stoptober, backed by Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation, hopes a united effort will help many of England’s eight million smokers to quit successfully. Research shows people who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smoke-free. Continue reading

New blood ‘booster’ tested in UK

New blood ‘booster’ tested in UK

30 September 2012 Last updated at 19:24 ET By Neil Bowdler Health reporter, BBC News A London hospital is leading a worldwide trial of a drug designed to aid the recovery of patients with heavy blood loss. MP4OX is made from expired blood stocks and seeks to replicate the function of red blood cells in carrying oxygen around the body. It is being given to patients with heavy blood loss in 56 centres around the world Continue reading

Key mechanism for controlling the body’s inflammatory response discovered

Key mechanism for controlling the body’s inflammatory response discovered

ScienceDaily (Sep. 30, 2012) — Researchers at Queen Mary, University of London have discovered how a key molecule controls the body’s inflammatory responses. The molecule, known as p110delta, fine-tunes inflammation to avoid excessive reactions that can damage the organism. Continue reading

HIV ‘made’ new deadly Salmonella

HIV ‘made’ new deadly Salmonella

30 September 2012 Last updated at 13:19 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News An epidemic of a deadly strain of Salmonella has swept across the whole of Africa by “taking advantage” of the spread of HIV, according to an international team of researchers. Their study, published in Nature Genetics 1 , is the first to identify the separate cases as a single epidemic Continue reading

Mental health patients ‘at risk’

Mental health patients ‘at risk’

28 September 2012 Last updated at 10:25 ET A coroner has warned there is a “significant risk” for mental health patients who come into contact with the police when they are in a crisis. Last month an inquest decided officers at Brixton police station used “unsuitable” force in restraining musician Sean Rigg. Continue reading

Physical activity interventions for children have ‘little impact’, study suggests

Physical activity interventions for children have ‘little impact’, study suggests

ScienceDaily (Sep. 27, 2012) — Physical activity interventions for children have small impact on overall activity levels and consequently the body fat and mass of children, a study published on bmj.com today suggests. Previous studies have shown that greater activity levels are associated with lower levels of BMI (body mass index) but that physical activity interventions have been unsuccessful in improving children’s BMI. Continue reading

‘Serious failure’ over lost data

‘Serious failure’ over lost data

26 September 2012 Last updated at 11:56 ET By Jane Dreaper Health correspondent, BBC News A review into why one of the UK’s biggest NHS trusts lost data about patients has blamed “a serious management failure”. Continue reading

Cancer deaths ‘set for big fall’

Cancer deaths ‘set for big fall’

24 September 2012 Last updated at 20:39 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News Death rates from cancer are “set to fall dramatically” by 2030, according to Cancer Research UK. It says fewer people smoking as well as improvements in diagnosis and treatment will lead to a 17% drop in death rate. About 170 out of every 100,000 deaths were from cancer in 2010, and this figure is predicted to fall to 142 out of every 100,000. Continue reading

Mentally ill in custody reviewed

Mentally ill in custody reviewed

23 September 2012 Last updated at 19:07 ET The Metropolitan Police has commissioned an independent review into how it responds to people with mental health conditions. A panel will examine every case during the last five years where someone with a mental health condition has either died or been seriously injured after police contact. Continue reading

Mentally ill in custody reviewed

Mentally ill in custody reviewed

23 September 2012 Last updated at 19:07 ET The Metropolitan Police has commissioned an independent review into how it responds to people with mental health conditions. A panel will examine every case during the last five years where someone with a mental health condition has either died or been seriously injured after police contact Continue reading