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 »
Discuss   Bury
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 »
Discuss   Bury
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 »
Discuss   Bury
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 »
Discuss   Bury
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 »
36 Comments   Bury
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 »
Discuss   Bury
A "freak" set of circumstances led to the death of a Borders man who inhaled anthrax, a sheriff has found.Sheriff Edward Bowen QC said 50-year-old Christopher "Pascal" Norris had been "the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time".A fatal accident inquiry was held after Mr Norris, of Stobs near Hawick, died after inhaling anthrax in July 2006.Instruments from a drumming class which he ha Read More »
Discuss   Bury
The first evidence of how vitamin D deficiency and genetics interact to increase the risk of multiple sclerosis has been reported by researchers.A UK and Canadian team found that vitamin D helps to control a gene known to increase MS risk, the PLoS Genetics journal reports.It suggests that vitamin D supplements taken during pregnancy and early in life could prevent the disease.More than 85,000 pe Read More »
Discuss   Bury