Issue : 22 March 2011
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“Super pill cuts risk of stroke for one million Britons,” reported the Daily Mail.
Families jetting off on European holidays during the Easter break have been urged to vaccinate their children against measles.
DIY health testing kits have made headlines, with several newspapers reporting that they could do more harm than good.
“Pregnant women who take paracetamol could be increasing the risk of their child developing asthma,” the Daily Express has reported.
“Doctors cause a third of stubborn high blood pressure,” reported the BBC News. The news service reports that some cases of hard-to-treat high blood pressure may actually be caused by patient nervousness at being seen by a doctor.
Miliband attacks PM on NHS reformSubscription
Ed Miliband will seek to turn the screw on David Cameron over controversial NHS reforms today by accusing him of “betraying” Britain’s proudest institution.
A survey of over 2,000 adults by Unison showed that three out of four were opposed to any move to have private companies running parts of the NHS Blood and Transplant Service.
Safety reflex may be linked to cot deathSubscription
Scientists believe they may have identified a link between a protective reflex that stops us breathing when food “goes down the wrong way” and cot death.
Superdrug launches online STI health service Subscription
People with sexually transmitted infections can now access prescription-only treatments once assessed by an online doctor, after a new service was launched by Superdrug.
“Drinking four to six mugs of tea a day is as good for keeping you hydrated as a litre of water,” reported the Daily Mail. It said the finding disproves “the idea that regular tea drinking can dehydrate the body because of its caffeine content”.