Even babies ‘understand concept of counting’

Image copyright Johns Hopkins University Image caption The research involved counting toys out loud into a box and looking at toddlers’ reactions Infants as young as 14 months can understand the concept of counting long before they learn the true meaning of “one, two, three”, scientists say. The US researchers said toddlers who hear counting […]

Vaccine reminder system ‘inconsistent’, report concludes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There has been a fall in uptake of nearly all pre-school vaccinations since 2012-13 The NHS system for reminding parents to have their children vaccinated is “inconsistent” and making an appointment can be difficult, says a report on vaccine uptake in England. It says there should be a greater […]

Vaccine reminder system ‘inconsistent’, report concludes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There has been a fall in uptake of nearly all pre-school vaccinations since 2012-13 The NHS system for reminding parents to have their children vaccinated is “inconsistent” and making an appointment can be difficult, says a report on vaccine uptake in England. It says there should be a greater […]

Cystic fibrosis drug given green light in England

Image copyright Getty Images A life-extending drug for cystic fibrosis will be available on the NHS in England, health bosses say. NHS England reached a deal with Orkambi manufacturers Vertex Pharmaceuticals after months of talks. Patients should be able to get the drug within 30 days. The drug improves lung function and reduces breathing difficulties […]

People ‘more likely to feel pain on humid days’

Image copyright Getty Images People with long-term health problems such as arthritis are more likely to feel pain on humid days, a study has suggested. Folklore suggests the cold makes pain worse – but there is actually little research into the weather’s effects. And this University of Manchester study of 2,500 people, which collected data […]

NHS in Scotland ‘could face £1.8bn shortfall’

Image copyright Getty Images The health service in Scotland could face a £1.8bn shortfall in less than five years if it is not reformed, the public spending watchdog has said. Audit Scotland’s annual report said the NHS was “seriously struggling to become financially sustainable”. Auditor General Caroline Gardner said the integration of health and social […]

Blood pressure pills ‘work better at bedtime’

Image copyright Getty Images To get the best out of your daily blood pressure medication, take it just before you go to bed, say researchers. It’s a simple tip that could save lives, they say in the European Heart Journal. The pills offer more protection against heart attacks and strokes when taken at bedtime rather […]

Scientist gets £2m decades after he invented diabetes test

Image copyright Ian Shanks Image caption Prof Shanks said he was relieved his 13-year legal battle to get compensation was over A scientist has been awarded £2m compensation by the UK’s highest court for his invention of pioneering technology to test blood sugar levels nearly 40 years ago. Professor Ian Shanks developed the system, used […]

Babies born at 22 weeks ‘can now survive’

Image copyright Getty Images Improving survival rates for extremely premature babies mean it is now possible to save the lives of babies born at 22 weeks, guidance says. Previously it was recommended that only babies born at 23 weeks or later were given treatment to save their lives. But there is now evidence those born […]

Blood pressure pills ‘work better at bedtime’

Image copyright Getty Images To get the best out of your daily blood pressure medication, take it just before you go to bed, say researchers. It’s a simple tip that could save lives, they say in the European Heart Journal. The pills offer more protection against heart attacks and strokes when taken at bedtime rather […]

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