News: June 2010

Smaller portion sizes for Happy Heart Eat Out Month

The Irish Heart Foundation, safefood and the HSE have joined together for this year's campaign, which encourages establishments to offer healthy options on their menus, and encourages customers to ...

01 Jun '10 | Heart Health | Ireland

The dark side of mining for gold: research suggests mining in Africa is spreading TB

Even if mining clinics successfully diagnose tuberculosis in miners and start treatment appropriately, the message is often not relayed back to doctors who work at the miners’ hometowns. The author...

01 Jun '10 | Tuberculosis | Africa

BMA Consultants Chairman criticises lists of 'banned treatments'

The Chairman of the British Medical association (BMA)'s Consultants Committee has criticised lists of treatments "banned on the NHS", and said that cuts to services were being driven by "the quest ...

02 Jun '10 | UK

UK BMA concern about cuts to time senior doctors can spend on new services

According to the British Medical Association (BMA), innovation in the NHS is at risk of being stifled as hospitals cut the amount of time senior doctors can devote to new services.

02 Jun '10 | NHS | UK

UK FSA reminds parents of advice on feeding honey to babies

Botulism is caused by a germ that normally lives in a dormant form in soil and dust and occasionally gets into honey. If the germ gets in to a baby’s intestine it can grow and produce a toxin or po...

02 Jun '10

Harvest Mice like old tennis balls

Harvest mice (Latin name: micromys minutus) are only about 2 inches (5cm) long. This spring and summer, wildlife experts are encouraging people to log sightings of harvest mice so that records of n...

02 Jun '10

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust improves cleanliness and infection control

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), regulator of health and adult social care in England, has announced that Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has made necessary improvements to cleanliness and...

08 Jun '10

66% consumers unaware of Northern Ireland's most common food poisoning

The purpose of this year’s Food Safety Week, which takes place across Northern Ireland from 7th to 13th June, is to get consumers involved in preventing food poisoning by Campylobacter. The public ...

08 Jun '10

Rare genetic variations involving whole sections of DNA implicated in autism

Single gene mutations or large rearrangements in chromosomes are responsible for a minority of cases of autism. Some rare mutations in genes are known to be risk factors for the condition, and a ra...

10 Jun '10 | Autism | Oxford, UK

Cancer Research UK launches hi-tech research centre at Imperial College, London.

Professor Charles Coombes, head of the Division of Cancer at the College and consultant oncologist at the Trust who will help lead the Centre, said: “We have ambitious plans to develop new cancer t...

23 Jun '10

UK Stomach cancer deaths lowest for forty years

These figures are fantastic news showing fewer people are now dying from stomach cancer. But with more than 5,000 deaths from the disease every year, more work needs to be done to raise awareness o...

24 Jun '10 | Stomach Cancer | UK

Health of future generations determined by childhood conditions

Researchers for the University of Bristol’s Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) looked at the health and cognitive development of children from across the world and concluded that inve...

25 Jun '10 | Child Welfare

New child protection framework adopted in The Republic of Congo

The Republic of the Congo is a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1993), the two Optional Protocols and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. With the ado...

Dogs needed for new study into treatment of arthritis (Liverpool)

Osteoarthritis, a debilitating disease of the joints leading to inflammation and gradual loss of cartilage, affects about 20% of dogs over the age of one. Osteoarthritis, which can result in severe...

29 Jun '10 | Canine Arthritis | Liverpool

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