Health News from the BBC and the NHS
- Caesarean sections ‘affect human evolution’
The regular use of Caesarean sections is having an impact on human evolution, say scientists.
- Pubic hair grooming ‘STI risk linked to skin tears’
People who regularly trim or remove all their pubic hair are at greater risk of STIs, research suggests.
- ‘Exercise boosts men’s sperm count’
Doing half an hour of exercise three times a week may boost men’s sperm count, scientists have found.
- ‘Overworked’ pharmacist ‘gave woman wrong pills’
An ‘overworked’ pharmacist gave out the wrong pills to a grandmother who later died, a court hears.
- UK pushes ahead with sugar tax
The UK government publishes draft legislation for a tax on sugary drinks to begin from April 2018.
- Margaret and Angus Mayer’s family raise dementia care concerns
A family criticises social services following the deaths of an elderly couple, saying their father struggled…
- HIV ‘game-changer’ now on NHS
A drug that dramatically reduces the risk of being infected with HIV will now be given to patients by the NHS in England.
- Rochdale woman, 102, has life-saving cancer surgery
A great-grandmother has life-saving cancer surgery – at the age of 102, and without a general anaesthetic.
- Health advisers call for minimum alcohol unit pricing
Minimum pricing of alcohol in England would improve the health of the heaviest drinkers, health experts say.
- Parkinson’s disease ‘may start in gut’
The brain disorder Parkinson’s disease may actually start with bacteria living in the gut, according to scientists.
NHS Choices Behind the Headlines
- Report looks at the health of the ‘baby boomer’ generation
“Baby boomers should ‘stay in work to keep healthy’,” reports BBC News, while The Daily Telegraph warns…
- Some psychotic episodes ‘may be triggered by immune disorders’
“Sufferers of psychotic illnesses ‘may have treatable immune disorder’,” The Independent reports.
- Child ‘more likely to use drugs if mum smoked when pregnant’
“Children are more likely to use cannabis if their mother smoked while pregnant,” the Mail Online reports….
- Moderate exercise ‘better for sperm’ than high intensity exercise
“‘Doing at least half an hour of exercise three times a week may boost men’s sperm count’,” BBC News…
- Grooming pubic hair linked to increased STI risk
“Women and men who regularly trim or remove all their pubic hair run a greater risk of sexually transmitted…
- Handful of nuts ‘cuts heart disease and cancer’ risk
“People consuming at least 20 grams of nuts daily less likely to develop potentially fatal conditions…
- Could Parkinson’s disease start in the gut?
“Parkinson’s disease ‘may start in gut’,” BBC News reports. New research involving mice suggests that…
- ‘Not enough over-50s’ taking aspirin to prevent heart disease
“Aspirin a day could dramatically cut cancer and heart disease risk … study claims,” the Mail Online…
- ‘No need to wait to try again after miscarriage’ advice
“Women who suffer a miscarriage should try for a baby again within six months, a major study has found,”…
- ‘Want to live longer? Try racquet sports’, recommends study
“If you want to stave off death for as long as possible, you might want to reach for a tennis racquet,”…