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Yoghurts (even organic ones) ‘full of sugar’

Image copyright Getty Images Many yoghurts are full of sugar and the public should not be lulled into thinking they are eating healthy products, researchers say. The conclusion comes after a study of almost 900 yoghurts on sale in UK supermarkets. The research found that organic yoghurts were among the most sugary types. Only natural […]

Pregnancy weight gain ‘going unmeasured’

Image copyright Getty Images Midwives are calling for official guidance on how much weight is healthy for women to put on during pregnancy. One in five women in the UK are obese when they start pregnancy, yet there is no national target for what constitutes normal pregnancy weight gain. Regular weigh-ins fell out of favour […]

South Africa’s highest court legalises cannabis use

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The ruling is a victory for pro-marijuana activists South Africa’s highest court has legalised the use of cannabis by adults in private places. Pro-marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery and chanted “Weed are free now” when the Constitutional Court gave its landmark ruling. In a unanimous ruling, judges […]

Hiding my psychosis for 10 years from the age of 12

Image copyright Luke Watkin Image caption Luke Watkin from Dorset is now 26 years old Luke Watkins was in year eight at school and alone in a corridor when he first heard a strange noise. “I heard what sounded like a train brake, followed by a metal on metal noise. “It was just something completely […]

Bedside light tool could detect baby brain injury earlier

Image copyright UCL Sick babies admitted to a neonatal unit after a difficult birth could benefit from a new bedside tool to detect brain damage, researchers believe. The team at University College London has developed a device which shines light into the brain to monitor oxygen and energy levels. Broadband near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) could help […]

Call to ban early baby gender tests

Image copyright Getty Images Labour is calling for a ban on parents-to-be being told the sex of their baby after early blood tests, amid fears it may lead to abortions of girls. The Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) is used by the NHS to test for genetic conditions, but people can pay for it privately to […]

‘Aspirin-a-day risky in old age’ – major study

Image copyright Getty Images Elderly people in good health should not take an aspirin a day, according to a major study in the US and Australia. There are proven benefits of the drug for people after a heart attack or stroke. But the trial found no benefit for healthy people over the age of 70, […]

Pathologists shortage ‘delaying cancer diagnosis’

Image copyright Getty Images Patients are facing delays in diagnosis because of severe shortages among pathology staff, according to a report seen by the BBC. A survey by the Royal College of Pathologists found only 3% of the NHS histopathology departments that responded had enough staff. Histopathologists are doctors and scientists who diagnose and study […]

‘My girl’s meningitis was diagnosed as ear infection’

Image copyright Other It was a Sunday last August and Kirstie Walkden’s nine-month-old daughter, Amy, had been out of sorts for a few days. Worried, she decided to take her to the local accident and emergency unit, where Amy was diagnosed with an ear infection and sent home with some medicine. Two days later, her […]

Vapers rise ‘to more than three million’ in Britain

Image copyright Science Photo Library The number of vapers in Great Britain has topped three million for the first time – four times the number in 2012, according to a survey by Action on Smoking and Health. Most use e-cigarettes because they have quit smoking and 40% are smokers who are trying to give up. […]

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