News: February 2011

Measles campaign underway in Liberia

The measles vaccination campaign will also integrate Vitamin A supplementation, which can reduce deaths associated with measles by up to 50%, as well as de-worming for children below five years old...

01 Feb '11 | Liberia

Key step in the development of a norovirus treatment

Noroviruses are recognised world-wide as the most important cause of epidemic nonbacterial gastroenteritis (stomach bugs) and pose a significant public health burden, with an estimated one million ...

01 Feb '11

Medical negligence during birth led to compensation for boy with Cerebral Palsy

10 Year Old Boy With Cerebral Palsy Recovers £7,850,000 For Injuries at Birth It is difficult to imagine the stress that must have been involved in caring for a child with very special needs at th...

03 Feb '11 | Medical Negligence | England

IVF babies born using new chromosome counting technique

The first babies have now been born in the UK using a new technique used to select the best embryos for IVF. This advance could bring hope to many couples struggling to have a child and going throu...

04 Feb '11

UK's first totally implanted hearing aid

In the past the microphone and battery were on the outside of the patient, held in place over the implanted part of the device by a magnet. This external part was still visible and prone to being k...

07 Feb '11

Water softeners not found to improve childhood eczema

Anecdotal reports from patients have suggested that hard water may worsen atopic eczema. Population surveys have also suggested a possible link between atopic eczema prevalence and the degree of wa...

16 Feb '11 | Eczema | UK

Late diagnosis of breast cancer in elderly women (UK)

Breast cancer research results showed that women diagnosed with breast cancer between 50 and 69 years had an 89% chance of surviving their disease for five-years. This fell to 81% for women aged 70...

16 Feb '11 | Breast Cancer | UK

Warnings against certain uses of asthma drug terbutaline for preterm labour

Terbutaline is FDA-approved to prevent and treat narrowing of the airways (bronchospasm) associated with asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. The drug is used off-label for obstetric purposes, includ...

17 Feb '11 | USA

Campaign against maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT)

Although maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) is a swift and painful killer, it is easily preventable through immunization of women with tetanus toxoid (TT) vaccine, which also confers immunity for ...

22 Feb '11 | International

Schizophrenia linked to mutations in the gene for VIPR2

Genetic testing for duplications of the VIP receptor could enable early detection of a subtype of patients with schizophrenia, and the receptor could also potentially become a target for developmen...

23 Feb '11 | Schizophrenia | USA

*Intelligent* microphone system to help hard-of-hearing

The quality of life for people who have hearing impairments could be improved due to the development of an

24 Feb '11

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