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17:16 EDT 23rd October 2014 | BioPortfolio

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Thursday 23rd October 2014

Global deaths from TB have fallen but many cases are still missed, says WHO

Nine million people developed tuberculosis in 2013 but infection rates have been falling over the past 30 years, a report by the World Health Organization has shown.The Global Tuberculosis Report...

Lessons from the dubious rise and inevitable fall of green coffee beans

News this week that a randomized controlled trial of green coffee bean (GCB) has been officially retracted from the medical literature signals what is hopefully the end to one of the most questionable diet products to appear on the market in years. Plucked from obscurity and then subjected to bogus research, it’s now clear that […]

Taming the international commercial surrogacy industry

The recent case of surrogate baby Gammy, rejected by his commissioning parents after being born with Down’s syndrome and a congenital heart defect, provoked censorious press coverage worldwide....

NHS plan calls for new models of care and greater emphasis on prevention

A major new national blueprint for healthcare in England has called for significant changes to service delivery and a radical expansion in preventive care within the next five years, to save the NHS...

US to monitor arrivals from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea

US health officials will begin to actively monitor all travelers arriving from the three west African countries affected by the Ebola epidemic, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the US Centers for...

Project aims to halve stillbirths and brain injuries during labour

An initiative to halve the number of stillbirths, neonatal deaths, and brain injuries caused by incidents that occur during labour at term has been launched by the Royal College of Obstetricians and...

Nurses will quit without 'competitive' pay, concedes Simon Stevens

Nurses and other healthcare workers will leave the profession if the health service fails to provide them with competitive pay rates in future, the head of the NHS in England has acknowledged.

NICE calls for end to "postcode lottery" of fertility treatment

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has reiterated that fertility treatment is a core part of NHS services and should not depend on where patients live. The advisory body has...

The diagnosis and management of hiatus hernia

Summary pointsHiatus hernia refers to herniation of the contents of the abdominal cavity, most commonly the stomach, through the esophageal hiatus of the diaphragm into the mediastinumThe prevalence...

What you need to know about the NHS five year plan

Nursing Times focuses on the key points in the Five Year Forward View report and how they may affect nurses and midwives.

No need for nightshift workers to avoid steak

"Shift workers should avoid tucking into steak, brown rice or green veg at night," because these foods "disrupt the body clock," the Mail Online reports. But the research in question involved lab mice who were fed different amounts of dietary iron for six weeks to see what effect this had on the daily regulation of glucose production in their livers. The research found mic...

Nightshift workers told to avoid iron-rich foods

"Shift workers should avoid tucking into steak, brown rice or green veg at night," because these foods "disrupt the body clock," the Mail Online reports. But the research in question involved lab mice who were fed different amounts of dietary iron for six weeks to see what effect this had on the daily regulation of glucose production in their livers. The research found mic...

Do dopamine drugs lead to compulsive shopping?

“Drugs for restless leg syndrome cause gambling, hypersexuality and compulsive shopping,” Metro reports. Researchers in the US have looked at serious drug side effects reported to the FDA over a 10-year period. In particular, they were interested to see how often reports of impulsive behaviours such as gambling were linked to a group of drugs called dopamine receptor agonists. These drugs (s...

New drug that targets melanoma approved by NICE

Final guidance has been issued recommending another drug in the battle against a serious type of skin cancer.

New drug to target skin cancer

Final guidance has been issued recommending another drug in the battle against a serious type of skin cancer.

NICE backs rivaroxaban for post-MI clot prevention

A pill that could help prevent blood clots in people who have suffered heart attacks has been been recommended for use on the NHS by clinical guidelines body NICE.

Change to continental time would 'improve child health'

British children’s health would benefit from switching to continental time by moving the clocks forward an hour, say researchers.

NICE backs clots drug rivaroxaban

A pill that could help prevent blood clots in people who have suffered heart attacks has been been recommended for use on the NHS by clinical guidelines body NICE.

Time change 'improves child health'

British children’s health would benefit from switching to continental time by moving the clocks forward an hour, say researchers.

Support for minimum unit pricing for alcohol in the alcohol industry

Stockwell explains why health organisations throughout Europe support minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol and wish to see it introduced in Scotland.1 The political and legal processes mean that...

High prevalence of ophthalmic disorders in Down's syndrome

Jensen and Bulova’s otherwise excellent review of the care of adults with Down’s syndrome did not mention the ocular manifestations of Down’s syndrome, which are common and can seriously reduce...

Charging for primary care disproportionately affects the poor

I was disturbed that the discredited neoliberal economic theories found throughout the UK mainstream media have made it into The BMJ, usually a haven from such reactionary and damaging ideas.1The...

Conflating odds ratio with "risk"

Donzé and colleagues found a clinically relevant increased thrombosis complication rate in patients with preoperative systemic inflammation or sepsis.1 However, they used the “risk” of postoperative...

Doctors condemn "unethical" {pound}55 payment for every new dementia diagnosis

Doctors have condemned as “crossing an ethical line” a scheme that pays GPs in England £55 (€70; $83) each time they diagnose dementia in a patient.Under the scheme GPs can claim the payment for...

Nurses asked to help boost awareness of infant bronchiolitis

Community and hospital nurses are being urged to help prevent emergency admissions this winter by raising awareness of bronchiolitis among parents with very young children.


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