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Stroke stem cell trial extended

Friday Sep 2 2011

The world’s first clinical trial of brain stem cells to treat stroke has recorded no adverse effects to date, BBC News has reported. The BBC website reports that research using stem cells to treat strokes “is set to...

Bread 'often high in salt'

Friday Sep 2 2011

“Popular loaves of bread contain as much salt in every slice as a packet of crisps and some are as salty as seawater,” The Daily Telegraph has today reported. These estimates are based on a survey...

Low health risk from bird flu

Wednesday Aug 31 2011

The United Nations has this week warned of a possible global resurgence of the bird flu virus, which has been widely covered in the media. News sources, such as the BBC, have also reported the circulation of a...

Coral studied for sunscreen abilities

Wednesday Aug 31 2011

The Daily Express reported today that a “pill that stops you getting sunburn” could “prevent thousands of skin cancer deaths” and be “widely available in the UK within five years”.

Precautionary warning on Nurofen Plus

Friday Aug 26 2011

Many newspapers have reported today that some packets of Nurofen plus have been found to contain the wrong medicine. A warning has been issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Sleep apnoea in the spotlight

Thursday Jul 28 2011

Many newspapers reported today that Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour party, has had successful surgery on his nose to correct a breathing problem. According to The Daily Telegraph, Miliband revealed in April that...

Six to eight glasses of water ‘still best’

Wednesday Jul 13 2011

Many newspapers have reported today that “government advice to drink six to eight glasses of water a day is nothing but "thoroughly debunked nonsense" (The Daily Telegraph).

Help get medicines right, patients urged

Tuesday Jul 12 2011

Patients whose care switches between doctors, hospitals and other care providers run the risk of getting the wrong medicine or the wrong dose of medicine, according to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. The society has launched...

New gonorrhoea strain resists drugs

Tuesday Jul 12 2011

Doctors have found a new ‘superbug’ form of gonorrhoea’ that is resistant to a range of antibiotics, it has been announced. Several newspapers have reported on the first case of the strain, which was recently...

Elderly 'need alcohol and drug support'

Thursday Jun 23 2011

Medical experts have called for new approaches to tackle substance abuse in older adults, several newspapers have reported. According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, many middle-aged and elderly adults have problems...

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