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Tom Downey


  • Report reveals £2.7bn cost of smokingSubscription

    8 October, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    Smoking costs the English NHS £2.7 billion a year and more should be done to reduce the number of smokers, according to a report.

  • Flu vaccine may not reduce hospital admission in childrenSubscription

    8 October, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    The flu inoculation may not reduce hospital admissions or physician visits in young children, as the vaccine may not match circulating strains of the virus, according to a study.

  • Fans reduce risk of sudden infant deathSubscription

    8 October, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    The use of a fan in badly ventilated rooms can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), an American study has found.

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    New technique avoids penile urinary catheter useSubscription

    3 October, 2008

    A new technique, which eliminates the use of a penile urinary catheter, reduces the pain of prostate cancer surgery according to a study.

  • Government hails addiction treatment successSubscription

    2 October, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009Comments (1)

    The number of drug addicts in treatment is surpassing targets set by the government but almost half still fail to complete rehabilitation programmes.

  • Campaign highlights diabetes health riskSubscription

    2 October, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009Comments (2)

    Diabetes UK has launched a campaign to highlight the serious challenges that diabetes poses to the health of the nation.

  • GPs meeting QOF targetsSubscription

    1 October, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    Most GPs in England are meeting targets for quality and providing improved care for patients, figures published today demonstrate.

  • Heart failure patients benefit from specialist nursesSubscription

    30 September, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    Specialist nursing care improves the quality of treatment for heart failure patients and saves a significant amount of money, an independent review published by the BHF has revealed.

  • Conservatives pledge to abolish mixed-sex wardsSubscription

    30 September, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    The Conservatives have pledged to scrap mixed-sex wards and allow nurses more time with patients, should they win the next general election.

  • Eyes hold clue to early signs of autismSubscription

    29 September, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    The extent to which toddlers focus on mouths rather than on eyes is an indicator of autism severity, according to US researchers.

All by Tom Downey