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Flu cases: Surge in hospital admissions

Flu cases: Surge in hospital admissions

Image copyright Getty Images Hospitals in England are now seeing very high rates of patients with flu, according to Public Health England figures. A sharp rise in cases seen by GPs in the past week – up 78% on the week before – suggests it could be the worst flu season for seven years. But […]

CES 2018: Willow and Freemie breast pumps offer mums freedom

CES 2018: Willow and Freemie breast pumps offer mums freedom

Image copyright Willow Image caption Willow’s breast pumps are designed to be worn unobtrusively Two firms have launched portable pumps to help breastfeeding mums collect their milk on the move. Women who use breast pumps often apply them several times a day and for periods of about 20 minutes or more. However, generally they have […]

Car share: Driving away depression

Jarlath McCreanor has had depression for 30 years. He was tired of people talking about the illness in whispers. So he took his little car, made it bright yellow and now drives it around Northern Ireland to get people to open up. At Like Minds we’ve been asking why it can feel difficult to talk […]

Why do the majority of NHS staff not get the flu vaccine?

Why do the majority of NHS staff not get the flu vaccine?

Image copyright PA Image caption Less than half of NHS staff take up the flu jab offer All NHS staff in Scotland are offered a flu vaccination but less than half have had it. Why? The number of people going to see the doctor with influenza-like illness is higher than any year since 2010-11 but […]

Pharma giant Pfizer pulls out of research into Alzheimer’s

Pharma giant Pfizer pulls out of research into Alzheimer’s

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Pfizer’s decision will affect research into drugs for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease Drug company Pfizer has announced it is pulling out of research into drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The US-based pharmaceutical giant said it would be ending its neuroscience discovery programmes following a review, and 300 jobs […]

MP calls for ban on high-caffeine energy drinks

MP calls for ban on high-caffeine energy drinks

Media captionJustin Bartholomew’s family are calling for energy drinks regulation An MP has called for a ban on high-caffeine energy drinks for under-16s, following the suicide of a 25-year-old constituent. Maria Caulfield raised the issue in Prime Minister’s Questions. She said Justin Bartholomew’s family were “convinced” his intake of more than 15 cans a day […]

Most people who try one cigarette become daily smokers, study says

Most people who try one cigarette become daily smokers, study says

Image copyright Getty Images At least two-thirds of those who try cigarettes go on to become daily smokers, even if only temporarily, research suggests. Data from the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand found 60.3% of people had tried smoking and an estimated 68.9% of those progressed to a daily habit. The study’s authors said […]

South Wales Police want mental health lessons for young people

South Wales Police want mental health lessons for young people

Media captionNaomi Lea, 19, said she suffered mental health problems when she was at school Police have called for better mental health education in schools after a rise in young people being detained under the Mental Health Act. Some 48 children and young people were detained by South Wales Police in 2016-17, up 33% from […]

Once-a-week pill for HIV shows promise in animals

Once-a-week pill for HIV shows promise in animals

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The once-a-week pill would look much like any other regular drug capsule Human trials of a once-a-week oral pill for HIV could start, after successful tests in pigs, claim US scientists. The slow-release tablet could free patients from having to take daily medication, they say. It looks like a […]

Singing ‘speeds up’ recovery from post-natal depression

Singing ‘speeds up’ recovery from post-natal depression

Image copyright Getty Images Singing could help mothers recover from post-natal depression more quickly, a study suggests. Researchers found that women who took part in group singing sessions with their babies experienced a much faster improvement in their symptoms than those who did not. The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, looked at […]