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One hundred patients benefit from robotic surgery

The Royal London Hospital has now operated on one hundred patients using an innovative robot, funded by Barts Charity. Since the first robotic case in November 2017, over a hundred patients have now benefited from surgery using a Da Vinci Xi Robot, resulting in reduced pain, fewer complications and a quicker recovery. To maximise the number of patients who can ...

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Broccoli may prevent hardening of neck arteries in the elderly

Eating cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and sprouts three or more times per day can prevent hardening of neck arteries in elderly women and also decrease the risk of heart diseases, a study has found. Researchers observed a 0.05 millimetre lower carotid artery wall thickness between high and low intakes of total vegetables. “That is likely significant, because a ...

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Obesity-related hospital admissions ‘double in four years’

Hospital admissions where obesity is a factor have more than doubled in England during the last four years, new figures from NHS Digital suggest. There were almost 617,000 appointments in 2016-17 where obesity was either a primary or secondary diagnosis – up from 292,000 in 2012-13. Primary diagnoses involve weight-loss treatment, while secondary ones include hip problems and heart attacks. ...

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Study suggests 5 different types of Diabetes, not just 2

Diabetes is one of those non-communicable diseases which is steadily increasing everywhere: both in developed and developing countries. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), diabetes not only can lead to complications but also can increase the risk of premature death. For a long period of time, cases of diabetes have been categorised as type 1 or type 2. However, a ...

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Thyroid removal linked to increased bone-thinning, fracture risk

Thyroid surgery that totally or partially removes the gland may increase the long-term risk of bone thinning and bone breaks, especially for younger patients and women, according to a large study from Taiwan. In particular, osteoporosis and bone fractures were much more likely in patients who received thyroxine treatment for more than a year after surgery, the study authors report ...

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Paramedics set to prescribe medicines

Advanced paramedics in England will be able to prescribe medicines to people who do not need hospital treatment, under new laws starting on Sunday. Up to seven out of 10 people currently seen by advanced care paramedics may need help – but not a hospital visit. Paramedics only have a limited ability to supply medicines at the moment but will ...

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Ensure rights of people with autism: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday urged all to promote the full participation of all people with autism, and ensure they have the necessary support to be able to exercise their rights and fundamental freedoms.   “On World Autism Awareness Day, let us reaffirm our commitment,” said the UN chief in a message marking the day that falls on April ...

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Childhood cancer patient is on rise

Irin Sultana, mother of four-year aged Nishad, found that body of her son has paled suddenly and he couldn’t take any food in last three days. She brought her son at the Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (DPHO) of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) getting advice from a local physician. Physicians following diagnosis found that Nishad was being ...

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Royal London nurse crowned Renal Nurse of the Year

Helen Rainey, Clinical Nurse Specialist at The Royal London Hospital, has been named Renal Nurse of the Year at the British Journal of Nursing Awards 2018.  The award recognises Helen’s work in east London’s successful innovative approach to educating patients about chronic kidney disease, building on the health messages that they already receive in Primary Care. Helen and her colleagues ...

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Knee pain can trigger depression among elderly people: Research

Knee pain in the elderly, which can damage the quality of life, can make them prone to depression, researchers say. Osteoarthritis occurs when a joint becomes inflamed, usually because the protective cartilage and other tissues that cushion joints like the knee become damaged and worn over time. Knee pain from osteoarthritis can make it harder to take care of yourself, ...

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