Governments around the world are striving to contain a new flu virus suspected of killing more than 100 people in Mexico. Experts warn swine flu could spark a global pandemic. BBC News online put a number of your questions to flu expert Maureen Baker, Head of Pandemic Planning at the Royal College of General Practitioners. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERSMy friend has recently got back from Mexico and has b Read More »
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Smokers should be given anger management lessons to help them give up smoking, a study suggests.University of California tests on 20 people found nicotine helped calm aggression, but it was more likely from people not wearing nicotine patches. Researchers hypothesised smokers were more likely to be people prone to anger and said tackling this could be a vital part of smoking cessation services. N Read More »
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By Nick TriggleHealth reporter, BBC NewsExperts are adamant, the world has never been better prepared for a flu pandemic.History tells us that there are global epidemics every 30 to 50 years. And with the last one happening in the late 1960s, governments across the world have been on alert for the past decade. That moment could now be here with the World Health Organization describing the outbrea Read More »
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Emma WilkinsonHealth reporter, BBC NewsRestrictions on teenagers' use of antidepressants have had no measurable impact on suicide rates, a study says.In 2003, regulators warned against use of the drugs in the under-18s after concerns from clinical trials that some patients may become suicidal. Bristol university analysis of suicide rates among 15 to 19-year-olds in 22 countries from 1990 to 2006 Read More »
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Emma WilkinsonHealth reporter, BBC NewsUse of complementary therapies is "surprisingly" low among British cancer patients, a study suggests.A survey of 200 patients in London found only one in five used alternative medicine and most of those did not think it would cure them. Similar studies from the US had shown use was as high as 80%, the researchers at Hammersmith Hospital said. The s Read More »
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The 500,000th pacemaker operation in the UK has taken place - at the same hospital, St George's, London, which carried out the first such procedure in 1958.However, experts warn that although the UK was one of the first countries in the world to start implanting pacemakers, it has now fallen behind other European nations in the use of the devices. Mrs Trudie Lobban, founder of the Arrhythmia Alli Read More »
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By Emma WilkinsonBBC News health reporterVitamin D is an effective treatment for prostate cancer in some patients, a UK study suggests.A once daily dose reduced PSA level - an indicator of severity of disease - by as much as half in 20% of patients. There has been much interest in vitamin D in prostate cancer after studies linking risk of the disease to sunlight exposure, the researchers said. On Read More »
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Mouth ulcer and teething treatments containing salicylate salts should not be used by children under the age of 16, UK experts have said.There is a theoretical risk that these products could cause a serious condition called Reye's syndrome. But the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said the advice was only precautionary. The main products affected are Bonjela and Bonjela Read More »
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