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Issue : December 2012

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  • Yawning while in the womb may offer insight into baby’s health

    NHS Choices28 November, 2012

    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.

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    'Worryingly high' hospital death rates reported

    NHS Choices10 December, 2012

    NHS hospitals in England are “full to bursting”, says The Daily Telegraph, while The Guardian highlights concerns over “worryingly high” death rates in some hospitals.

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    Work environment affects hospital readmission rates Subscription

    News31 December, 2012

    The provision of a good working environment for nursing staff reduces the risk of patients needing to go back to hospital by up to 10%, nurse academics have found.

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    Winterbourne View failures lead to care system review

    NHS Choices17 December, 2012

    “Fine and ban care home abuse bosses,” the Daily Mirror demands, while the Daily Mail says that “there must be a complete culture change in treatment” for care centres.

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    Whooping cough vaccine for pregnant women

    NHS Choices9 December, 2012

    “Whooping cough cases are higher than at any point in the last twenty years and 13 babies have died from the disease, official figures have revealed” The Daily Telegraph reports.

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    What is the Liverpool Care Pathway?

    NHS Choices5 December, 2012

    An independent review of the controversial palliative care practice known as the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) has been announced, many newspapers report.

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    Warning over increase in online purchase of drugsSubscription

    News17 December, 2012

    The purchase of prescription medicines online without a prescription is on the increase, pharmacists have warned.

  • Tool to predict babies likely to become obese

    NHS Choices7 December, 2012

    “Parents can learn whether their newborn is at risk of becoming fat using a simple online calculator,” The Daily Telegraph has reported.

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    Ten years of tamoxifen ups cancer survival rates

    NHS Choices14 December, 2012

    ‘Breast cancer deaths halved if patients given “wonder drug” tamoxifen for 10 years, not five,’ reports the Daily Mail.

  • Sugar substitute 'sparking global diabetes epidemic'

    NHS Choices6 December, 2012

    “Syrup found in biscuits, ice cream and energy drinks fuelling diabetes on a ‘global scale’,” reports the Daily Mail, highlighting that countries that use large amounts of fructose corn syrup have diabetes rates “20% higher” than countries where it is less common.

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