Issue : November 2012
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“Patient care of schizophrenics at all time low”, The Independent has reported, while Sky News called the treatment of schizophrenia patients “shameful”, and the BBC said care was falling “catastrophically short”.
“Babies given Calpol and other forms of paracetamol are more likely to develop asthma,” the Daily Mail reports. But this headline contradicts the findings of the study it is based on, which also did not focus on specific brands of paracetamol.
“Lung cancer rates soaring for women after tobacco manufacturers target them by saying smoking helps you stay slim,” the Daily Mail claims.
The Daily Mail reports that scientists have found a “bizarre cure” for flu: the illegal drug methamphetamine (meth).
A vaccine to prevent illness caused by rotavirus will be introduced in the UK, much of the media reports.
“Complaints about NHS not acknowledging mistakes ‘up by 50%’,” The Independent reports, while The Daily Telegraph says doctors have been “careless and insincere” while talking to patients.
The Daily Mail reports that pregnant women take ‘at least two months sick leave’ from work, but fails to mention that the study they report on looks at Norwegian women.
“Fertility predicted by mother’s age at menopause,” proclaims BBC News. This headline is based on a study in which 527 women aged 20-40 were asked how old their mothers were when they went through the menopause.
Cancer overtakes heart disease as number one killer’, is the news in The Daily Telegraph. The Telegraph, and other papers, report that a third of people now die from some form of cancer, according to 2011 statistics.
A “dementia gene” has been found in a third of teenagers, “helping to predict the disease 20 years before devastating symptoms strike”, the Daily Mail claims. While, according to the Daily Express, the “dementia gene” is “found in nearly half of teenagers”. Both of these claims are inaccurate.