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Cardboard cribs

It’s been claimed that Finland’s baby boxes, given to every newborn in the country, help reduce cot deaths. But what evidence is there that they lower infant mortality rates, asks Elizabeth Cassin. In June 2013, the BBC News website published … Continue reading

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The Foehn feeling

It’s common to hear people say that weather affects their health. Many, for example, claim that joint pain, the increased twinge of an arthritic knee perhaps, is a sure sign that cold wet weather is on the way. But how … Continue reading

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Discovery enables 'mass produced blood'

Scientists say they have made a significant leap towards mass-producing red blood cells suitable for donation. Red blood cells can already be made in the lab, but the problem is scale. A team at the University of Bristol and NHS … Continue reading

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Book suggests taboos held back knowledge of female body

A censored, 16th Century book suggests that scientific knowledge of the female body was held back by social taboos, researchers have said. The copy of the 1559 Thomas Gemini anatomy book is going on display at a University of Cambridge … Continue reading

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Africa health: Rotavirus vaccine could save 500,000 children a year

Hopes are growing for a new, inexpensive, heat-proof vaccine to protect against a disease which kills 1,300 children a day following a successful trial in Niger. The vaccine was found to be almost 67% effective in preventing gastroenteritis caused by … Continue reading

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'Bed-blocking' statistics reveal areas worst affected.

More than 2,500 hospital beds a day are taken up by patients whose release has been delayed due to problems in the social care system. Analysis of official so-called “bed-blocking” statistics reveals the areas where the NHS is worst affected. … Continue reading

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'Role model' nurses inspire cancer survivor

A woman who was diagnosed with cancer when she was four has been inspired to take up nursing. Clara Markiewicz says she was so affected by the “role model” nurses that she wanted to become one. And now she’s working … Continue reading

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Teenage pregnancies down to record low

Fewer teenagers are getting pregnant than ever before in England and Wales, according to new figures. Among under-18s, the conception rate has halved in eight years, to 21 per 1,000 women in 2015, data from the Office for National Statistics … Continue reading

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Luke Jenkins death: Family to receive High Court settlement

The family of a child who died following heart surgery are expected to receive a financial settlement at London’s High Court later. Luke Jenkins, seven, from Cardiff, suffered a cardiac arrest days after an operation at Bristol Children’s Hospital in … Continue reading

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Baby separated from parasitic twin in risky operation

A baby girl whose twin failed to develop properly and fused to her growing body in the womb is recovering after a successful operation in the US. In this extremely rare case, Dominique’s parasitic twin was attached to her back … Continue reading

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