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Older mums should be induced early

Older mums should be induced early

31 January 2013 Last updated at 23:15 ET Pregnant women aged over 40 should be given the option of being induced early to reduce the risks of losing their baby, says a paper from Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Inducing these women at 39 weeks instead of the normal 41 could prevent 17 stillbirths in the UK each year, the authors said. Continue reading

‘Universal HPV vaccination’ call

‘Universal HPV vaccination’ call

31 January 2013 Last updated at 22:58 ET Schoolboys in the UK should receive the HPV vaccine to protect against throat cancer, a charity has urged. The jab was introduced in 2008 for girls, to immunise them against the virus that causes cervical cancer. The Throat Cancer Foundation says the vaccine protects against other cancers and has urged the government to extend the programme to all 12-year-olds Continue reading

HIV in gay men ‘refuses to fall’

HIV in gay men ‘refuses to fall’

31 January 2013 Last updated at 22:49 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News Huge improvements in treating and testing for HIV have failed to curb infections in gay and bisexual men in England and Wales, a study suggests. New infections were static at about 2,300 a year between 2001 and 2010, despite rises in early diagnosis and far more people taking medication. Scientists, writing in the Lancet Infectious Diseases 1 , said there had been a return of risky sexual practice Continue reading

Hospital cuts over neighbour debt

Hospital cuts over neighbour debt

31 January 2013 Last updated at 10:56 ET The A&E department at Lewisham hospital in south-east London is to be downgraded and made smaller as part of cost-cutting measures. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt also said the maternity unit at Lewisham would be replaced with a midwife-led facility. Continue reading

Valleys in top 10 for poor health

Valleys in top 10 for poor health

31 January 2013 Last updated at 02:30 ET Five of the 10 areas where people feel the least healthy in the whole of England and Wales are in the south Wales valleys, the 2011 census shows. People were asked to report their health, with Cardiff emerging as the healthiest place with 81.4% happy Continue reading

Sensors envisage stroke recovery

Sensors envisage stroke recovery

30 January 2013 Last updated at 19:32 ET By Eleanor Bradford BBC Scotland Health Correspondent Academics and designers have come up with a device to help people recover from the physical effects of a stroke. Continue reading

Payout after hospital cyst error

Payout after hospital cyst error

29 January 2013 Last updated at 06:46 ET A mother of two has been given a multimillion-pound payout by a Birmingham hospital, after mistakes during an operation left her paralysed. Hazel Spence, 35, from Bilston, went to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for surgery to remove a benign cyst in 2006. Continue reading

Antidepressant heart risk confirmed

Antidepressant heart risk confirmed

30 January 2013 Last updated at 02:51 ET Some but not all antidepressant drugs known as SSRIs pose a very small but serious heart risk, say researchers. Citalopram and escitalopram, which fall into this drug group, can trigger a heart rhythm disturbance, a new study in the British Medical Journal shows. UK and US regulators have already warned doctors to be extra careful about which patients they prescribe these medicines to Continue reading