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NHS student bursary cut ‘reckless’, unions say

Plans to scrap bursaries for student nurses and other NHS staff in England are reckless, unions and charities say. Ministers plan to overhaul the system in September 2017 and charge those studying to be front-line health workers for their degrees. But in a letter to the prime minister, more than 20 groups led by the Royal College of Nursing said ...

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Heart disease, diabetes may be deadly combination: Study

14 June, 2016 The combination of Type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease can be deadly, according to a new study which found that patients with Type 2 diabetes admitted in hospital for heart failure have a one in four chance of dying over the next 18 months. The findings paint a much grimmer picture of the outcome for diabetes ...

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Autism not a disease of the brain

14 June, 2016 Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are characterized by impaired social interactions and repetitive behaviors, often accompanied by abnormal reactions to sensory stimuli. ASD is generally thought to be caused by deficits in brain development, but a study in mice, published June 9 in Cell, now suggests that at least some aspects of the disorder—including how touch is perceived, ...

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Cattle drugs could fuel climate change, study suggests

Dosing farm animals with antibiotics increases greenhouse gas emissions from cow dung, research suggests. Scientists say the drugs boost methane production in cowpats – apparently by favouring antibiotic-resistant, methane-producing organisms in the gut. Antibiotics also change the microbes which inhabit dung beetles, although apparently with no adverse effects. The researchers say it’s proof that antibiotic use on farms has unintended, ...

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FDA approves first drug-oozing implant to control addiction

Federal health officials on Thursday approved an innovative new option for Americans struggling with addiction to heroin and painkillers: a drug-oozing implant that curbs craving and withdrawal symptoms for six months at a time. The first-of-a-kind device, Probuphine, arrives as communities across the U.S. grapple with a wave of addiction tied to opioids, highly-addictive drugs that include legal pain medications ...

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Bangladeshi and US scientists have developed an innovative ‘thermal blanket’, designed to save the lives of premature babies in resource-poor countries. Made from locally available materials, the ‘portable incubator’ incorporates chemical warming pads to provide essential heat and is both user-friendly and safe. The exothermic pads are commercially available and commonly used for relieving joint and muscle pain. Exothermic pads ...

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Superbugs will ‘kill every three seconds’

Superbugs will kill someone every three seconds by 2050 unless the world acts now, a hugely influential report says. The global review sets out a plan for preventing medicine “being cast back into the dark ages” that requires billions of dollars of investment. It also calls for a revolution in the way antibiotics are used and a massive campaign to ...

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Artificial sweeteners may harm your health

Are you turning to artificial sweeteners or other sugar substitute stolose weight? Although these swee teners may help obese individuals reduceand cutcalories, they may also have negative health effects, a study warns. Artificial sweete nersare not digested by the body. However, there cent study suggests that bacteria in the gut may be ableto break down artificial sweeteners, resulting in negative health ...

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25pc of pregnancies end in abortion

One in four pregnancies ends in an abortion each year, global estimates from the World Health Organization and Guttmacher Institute suggest. The report in the Lancet said 56m induced abortions take place annually – higher than previously thought. Researchers acknowledge rates have improved in many rich countries but warn this masks no change in poorer areas over the past 15 ...

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WHO for addressing worsening urban air quality

WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh in a media statement urged the nations to address the worsening urban air quality as a priority. “Improving air quality must be a top health and development priority in countries of WHO South-East Asia Region as increasing air pollution levels are putting the health of billions of people at risk.” ...

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