Issue : December 2012
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Many newspapers are reporting on the Health Protection Agency’s latest figures on the ongoing outbreak of norovirus – the so-called winter vomiting disease. The data suggest that cases of the virus, which are usually highest after Christmas, are high for this time of year.
‘Premature babies study shows survival rates on rise’ is the headline in The Guardian, which is one of many sources reporting the news that survival rates for babies born between 22 and 25 weeks have risen overall since 1995.
‘Asperger’s syndrome dropped from psychiatrists’ handbook’, is the headline in The Guardian.
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Heathcare organisations have expressed concern at the hoax call that duped nurses into helping reveal details about the Duchess of Cambridge’s condition.
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.
“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.
“The number of gay and bisexual men being diagnosed with HIV in the UK reached an “all-time high” in 2011” BBC News reports, while the Daily Mail warns “A record 100,000 people in the UK with the HIV virus, but a quarter ‘do not even know they are infected’”.
“Parents can learn whether their newborn is at risk of becoming fat using a simple online calculator,” The Daily Telegraph has reported.
“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.
An independent review of the controversial palliative care practice known as the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) has been announced, many newspapers report.