Issue : December 2012
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Yawning in the womb could be used as a “baby health indicator”, The Guardian reported today. It said ultrasound scans that catch unborn babies ‘yawning’ may help doctors monitor normal development.
Statins and exercise regime backedSubscription
Cholesterol-lowering drugs and exercise are a winning combination for treating high cholesterol, research has shown.
Child's chance of obesity predictedSubscription
Parents are being offered a way to predict the chances of their newborn baby becoming obese.
Health minister Dan Poulter has signaled a shift in the government’s stance on the controversial South West Consortium during a debate in the Commons.
Record numbers living with HIVSubscription
A record number of people in the UK are living with HIV, with the number of people with the virus reaching nearly 100,000, new figures show.
Funding pressure 'may hit NHS care'Subscription
Waiting times in emergency wards are rising as unprecedented financial strains on the health service start to bite, a report suggests.
RCN Wales unveils its first 'nurse of the year'Subscription
A consultant nurse for substance misuse has been named Welsh “nurse of the year” by the Royal College of Nursing.
As flu season approaches, claims that the flu vaccine is a ‘waste of money’ are being widely reported. The Daily Telegraph declares that ‘flu vaccine effectiveness [is] exaggerated,’ while the Daily Mail claims that ‘flu jabs are a ‘waste’ of taxpayer’s money.’
“‘Shocking’ treatment in NHS hospitals and care homes exposed in report,” The Guardian reports, while the Daily Mail says that a “Damning report reveals failings in NHS care of patients ‘treated worse than animals’.”
Smoking “rots the brain” the BBC reported today, while the Daily Mail said ‘smoking doesn’t just age your lungs, it damages your brain too’.