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Monkeypox: First cases of rare infection diagnosed in UK - Dotemirates
12/09/2018

Monkeypox: First cases of rare infection diagnosed in UK

London (CNN)Two people have been diagnosed with monkeypox in Britain in apparently unrelated cases, Public Health England (PHE) have confirmed.Both patients are believed to have contracted the disease in Nigeria before traveling to England, and were diagnosed days apart. There is no known UK link between the two patients, PHE said Tuesday.The second patient is being treated in a specialist infectious disease unit at Royal Liverpool University Hospital, after being transferred from Blackpool Victoria Hospital. It comes after a Nigerian resident was diagnosed with the disease in Cornwall last week. The infection had never previously been diagnosed in the United...


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23/01/2019

Climate change will affect the ratio of male-to-female newborns, scientists say

(CNN)Global warming will have a variety of effects on our planet, yet it may also directly impact our human biology, research suggests. Specifically, climate change could alter the proportion of male and female newborns, with more boys born in places where temperatures rise and fewer boys born in places with other environmental changes, such as drought or wildfire caused by global warming. A recent study in Japan found a link between temperature fluctuations and a lower male-to-female sex ratio at birth, with conceptions of boys especially vulnerable to external stress factors, wrote Dr. Misao Fukuda, lead study author and founder...
23/01/2019

St George's Hospital: 250 cardiac unit deaths to be reviewed

The deaths of up to 250 people who died following heart surgery at a troubled London cardiac unit are being reviewed.The study is looking at all patients who underwent cardiac surgery at St George's Hospital in Tooting between April 2013 and September 2018.Complex heart operations were moved out of the unit last year when it was revealed a "toxic" row had contributed to an above average death rate.The review has been commissioned by NHS Improvement. It is being carried out by a panel of independent cardiac surgery, cardiology and anaesthetic consultants. The group is examining the safety and quality of...
23/01/2019

Global health research money reaches 'record high'

Funding to tackle 33 significant diseases has reached its highest level since figures were taken, says a survey which has tracked this for 11 years.The G-Finder report found that money invested in research and development reached $3.5bn (£2.8bn) in 2017.The total is a 7% increase on the previous year. But the group which tracked the data warned that this area of global health was still too reliant on a handful of top funders. The largest funder was the US government, which through its National Institutes of Health provided 39% of the total. There were significant increases in contributions from the...

23/01/2019

How diet is changing - the good and the bad

Children are turning their backs on sugary drinks, with the numbers drinking them falling by a third over the past nine years, a survey suggests.About half of children do not drink them - and those that do are drinking fewer than children in 2008-09 did.The shift has contributed to an overall reduction in sugar consumption.However, all age groups still consumed above the recommended levels, according to the nine-year analysis of the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey. But on other measures, diet has not improved, the report, from the Food Standards Agency and Public Health England, said. Fruit and vegetable...
23/01/2019

'Roma,' 'The Favourite' lead Oscars nominations with 10 each

Los Angeles: Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma," an ode to his childhood in 1970s Mexico City, and offbeat royal romp "The Favourite" on Tuesday topped the Oscar nominations with 10 each, as streaming giant Netflix earned its first-ever best picture nod.Popular musical romance "A Star Is Born" and Dick Cheney biopic "Vice" scooped eight nominations each, while superhero blockbuster "Black Panther" finished with seven.The stage is thus set for the 91st Academy Awards in Hollywood on February 24 -- with a crowded field of nominees, and perhaps some surprises in store.For longtime Oscar watcher Sasha Stone, who runs Awards Daily, "all bets...

Delay the first bath

Washington: While bathing newborns immediately after birth is a common practice around the world, a recent study suggests that delaying the bath enhances the bond between mother and child. It also increases the rates of breastfeeding. Waiting to bathe a healthy newborn 12 or more hours after birth increased the rate of breastfeeding exclusivity during the newborn's hospital stay. "It was better to wait to bathe their baby the first time since the amniotic fluid has a similar smell to the breasts, which may make it easier for the baby to latch on to them," said Heather DiCioccio, lead author...