Issue : 18 December 2013
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“Sugar intake should be halved to just five teaspoons a day,” reports The Daily Telegraph, while somewhat confusingly the Mail Online website says we should be eating less than seven teaspoons of sugar a day.
“Ketamine should be reclassified as class B drug, government experts say,” The Guardian reports.
New guidelines from the health watchdog the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on the use of intravenous (IV) drips have prompted a flurry of headlines, with The Guardian reporting that, “Thousands of patients [are] dying from incorrect use of IV drips”, and The Daily Telegraph claiming that, “Tens of thousands harmed in hospital by IV drip blunders”.
“New test can give two years’ warning of Alzheimer’s,” reports the Mail Online.
Cough and cold medicines recalled by NovartisSubscription
A drug alert has been issued over certain batches of Tixylix cough and cold medicines from consumers.
Substance misusers are not a lost causeSubscription
Courageous, strong, brave, committed, supportive and kind. These are the words I most associate with the service users I have been working with over the past four weeks.
“EU air quality rules are still too lax to protect us from pollution,” The Independent reports. It says that air quality regulations may not be sufficient to protect people from harmful sooty particles in traffic and factory fumes.
“Doubt cast on vitamin D’s role against disease,” reports BBC News. The news come from a study summarising a large body of evidence from the best kind of trials – randomised controlled trials (RCTs).
“Cancer survival in Britain the worst in Europe,” The Daily Telegraph reports.
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