Baby boxes accepted by 85% of Scottish parents

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Baby boxes can be used as beds An average of 1,000 baby boxes per week were delivered to parents of newborns in the first year of the programme. The Scottish government said 52,065 baby boxes had been gifted to date, with an 85% uptake by parents. The boxes contain items […]

How the humble cabbage can stop cancers

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have discovered why some vegetables – including cabbage, broccoli and kale – can reduce the risk of bowel cancers. That cruciferous veg is good for the gut has never been in doubt but a detailed explanation has been elusive. The team at the Francis Crick Institute found anti-cancer […]

Babies in prams ‘exposed to more pollution’

Image copyright Getty Images Babies and young children in prams can be exposed to up to 60% more pollution than adults, a study suggests. Experts said infants were exposed to dirtier air in prams because they were lower to the ground and closer to exhaust pipes. They are also more at risk from the health […]

Poor hospital discharge process puts patients ‘at risk’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A report describes a “fragmented approach” being taken around Wales with no national policy Patients are being put at risk because of a lack of staff awareness about discharging them from hospital, a report has said. Poor relationships between GPs and hospitals also meant patients staying in longer than […]

The radio ‘saved my little girl’s life’

Image copyright DMI Image caption Marieta was just one when she fell into a coma with severe malaria When Marieta was just a year old she developed a high fever and became really unwell. Her family thought she had fallen under a curse that in parts of rural Burkina Faso is believed to happen when […]

Vaping ‘can damage vital immune system cells’

Image copyright Getty Images Vaping can damage vital immune system cells and may be more harmful than previously thought, a study suggests. Researchers found e-cigarette vapour disabled important immune cells in the lung and boosted inflammation. The researchers “caution against the widely held opinion that e-cigarettes are safe”. However, Public Health England advises they are […]

Struck-off Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba wins appeal to work again

Media captionDr Hadiza Bawa-Garba said she was “sorry for my role” in Jack Adcock’s death A doctor who was struck off over the death of a six-year-old boy has won her appeal to practise medicine again. Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence in 2015 over the death of Jack Adcock, who […]

Adele’s support for friend’s postpartum psychosis recovery

Image copyright Getty Images Adele has posted a message of support for her best friend who’s recovering from postpartum psychosis. Laura Dockrill gave birth to a baby boy, who is Adele’s godson, in February this year. She’s since battled against the condition, which can lead to hallucinations and confusion soon after giving birth. Adele says […]

Troubles victims’ mental health ‘epidemic’

Image copyright PACEMAKER Image caption Eleven people were killed on the day of the Enniskillen bomb attack in 1987 A County Armagh man who survived an IRA bomb attack in Enniskillen has said he tried to take his own life as a result of the events of that day. Joe Holbeach, from Lurgan, was injured […]

Bowel cancer screening to start earlier at age 50 in England

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK Bowel cancer screening in England is to start earlier, at age 50, Public Health England has announced. It said evidence showed that screening people at a younger age would allow more bowel cancers to be picked up at […]

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