Women advised to sleep on side to help prevent stillbirth

Women advised to sleep on side to help prevent stillbirth

Image copyright Science Photo Library Women are being advised to sleep on their side in the last three months of pregnancy to help prevent stillbirth. A study of just over 1,000 women found the risk doubles if women go to sleep on their backs in the third trimester. The study looked into 291 pregnancies that […]

Dog owners lowers early death risk, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Dog owners have a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease or other causes, a study of 3.4 million Swedes has found. The team analysed national registries for people aged 40 to 80, and compared them to dog ownership registers. They found there was a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in […]

Social care: MPs seek cross-party group to ‘sustain’ NHS

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The MPs argue that only a cross-party approach can deliver a sustainable settlement Ninety MPs have signed a letter calling on the prime minister to set up a cross-party convention on the future of the NHS and social care in England. They say a non-partisan debate is needed to […]

Dog owners have lower mortality, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Dog owners have a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease or other causes, a study of 3.4 million Swedes has found. The team analysed national registries for people aged 40 to 80, and compared them to dog ownership registers. They found there was a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in […]

Depression link between fathers and teenage children, says study

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fathers, as well as mothers, have an impact on children’s mental health. Depression in fathers, as well as mothers, has an impact on children despite mothers often being the focus when treating adolescent depression, a study suggests. The University College London (UCL) report looked at 14,000 families in the […]

Tia has epidermolysis bullosa – known as ‘butterfly skin’

Four-year-old Tia Foster-Price has a condition called epidermolysis bullosa (EB). It means her mum Anne Marie has to treat her skin and pop her blisters every day – and it stops her running around with her friends. Anne Marie says she thinks: “Is she going to die this year? Is she going to live?” But […]

Young people out of love with their own bodies, says report

Image copyright Science Photo Library Body dissatisfaction can start as young as six and lead to depression, anxiety and eating issues, MPs will be told. The Youth Select Committee urged the government to recognise the seriousness of body image fears, before young people suffered a long-term impact. It is launching its report into the issue, […]

Mental health trusts restrain patients ‘every 10 minutes’

Image copyright PA Image caption More patients are being restrained in mental health units, figures show Mental health trusts in England are restraining patients on average every 10 minutes, figures have revealed. They show the number of incidents of restraint has increased each year since 2013. Former health minister Norman Lamb said use of force […]

Giving birth on due date ‘less risky’ for older mums

Image copyright Getty Images Stillbirth and newborn death risk could be reduced by offering more pregnant women the chance to give birth on their due date, experts believe. Currently, women who are overdue but well are often given a couple of extra weeks to see if labour will happen spontaneously before doctors intervene. New research […]

Supreme Court decides on Scottish minimum alcohol pricing

The UK’s highest court will decide later whether Scotland can finally implement its policy of minimum pricing for alcohol. Legislation was approved by the Scottish Parliament five years ago but it has been tied up in court challenges amid claims it breaches European law. Ministers said a 50p-per-unit minimum would help tackle Scotland’s “unhealthy relationship […]

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